Men's major golf championships, Four prestigious annual tournaments in professional golf.
The men's major golf championships, commonly known as the major championships, and often referred to simply as the majors, are the four most prestigious annual tournaments in professional golf. In order of play date as of 2019, they are:
April – Masters Tournament (weekend ending second Sunday in April) – hosted as an invitational by and at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
May – PGA Championship (weekend prior to Memorial Day weekend) – hosted by the PGA of America and played at various locations in the U.S.
June – U.S. Open (weekend ending third Sunday in June, or Father's Day) – hosted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), played at various locations in the U.S.
July – The Open Championship (week containing the third Friday in July) – hosted by The R&A (an offshoot of, and based at the same address as The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews) and always played on a links course at various locations in the U.K.
Alongside the biennial Ryder Cup team competition, the majors are golf's most important events. Elite players from all over the world participate in them, and the reputations of the greatest players in golf history are largely based on the number and variety of major championship victories they accumulate. The top prizes are not actually the largest in golf, being surpassed by The Players Championship, three of the four World Golf Championships events (the HSBC Champions, promoted to WGC status in 2009, has a top prize comparable to that of the majors), and some other invitational events. However, winning a major boosts a player's career far more than winning any other tournament.
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