The Grand Slam of Golf
There are four top golf tournaments played annually in America and the UK. Together these make up the Grand Slam of golf. Two of these tournaments are open to any golfer who qualifies namely the US Open and the British Open. The PGA Championship and the US Masters are open to professionals who have to be of a certain world rank in order to qualify. Qualifying for these tournaments has a shortcut for amateurs and professionals; if you manage to finish in the top fifteen of a tournament you get an automatic entry into the next one as well as an exemption for the following year’s championship.
The US Masters
The Masters is always played in April at Augusta National Club in Georgia. This is an invitational only competition, which means that you have to be invited by the tournament committee in order to play. The invitations are based on performance throughout the year and wins in other tournaments. Players who get invited are usually the top 50 in the world as well as a few honorary invitations such as players who have won a tournament in the past. Ernie Els from South Africa has been invited to play in the 2018 competition as he has won three majors throughout his life but did not qualify for an exemption in 2017.
The US Open
This is the annual open national championship of golf in the United States. Any golfer can enter, as long as they have an up to date handicap of two or less. Of course, since there are only 156 places and half of those are made up of players who are fully exempt; the chances of getting in are very slim. To make it into the tournament a player has to finish in the top 30 in the qualifying stages. Historically this tournament has been won by the likes of Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, and Brooks Koepka.
The British Open
Played at various venues throughout the UK, the British Open is open to any golfer who can make it through several levels of qualification over the previous 12 months. The current top 50 in the world are exempt into the tournament which usually also has 156 entries. Players that have won national opens across in other countries are also exempt, such as a player who won the South African Open.
This is the oldest of the four tournaments and is the only major championship outside of the US. Currently, the British Open is the third major of the year between the US Open and the PGA Championship and is played in mid-July when it is warmest in the UK and wagering on this event is as exciting as the soccer betting NZ has to offer, only very different!
This is the season final major which is played in August prior to the Labour Day Weekend. Open to professionals only, this championship is known for opening doors for professionals to a potentially bright future. This is because if you win a PGA you are automatically invited to take part in the other three major championships for the next five years. This how Jason Day, Justin Thomas and David Toms got their boost into the golfing stratosphere. You can also get a lifelong exemption into the PGA should you win it. The oldest player to make use of that privilege was Gary Player, who competed at the ripe old age of 76.