As spring creeps into the days, it announces the arrival for golf once again. The long winter days have forced golfers indoors to the driving range or traveling on the weekends to warmer climates to get their golfing fix in. As a result of these warmer days approaching, it means days on the green, good conversation with friends and world famous golf tournaments. With a copious amounts of choices to watch, how do you narrow which ones to watch? Here are the four that I am looking most forward in the 2016 golf year.
Set to play: April 7th – 10th
Location: Augusta National; Augusta, Georgia
Eighty two years ago, the first Masters tournament was played at Augusta National. Labelled as one of the top four golf tournaments, it’s smaller than other the others as it’s invite only. With 90 to 100 best golfers in the world playing, the competition is stiff. Last year Jordan Spieth won by 4 strokes and claimed a prize of $1.8 million dollars. As he sets to defend his title, the Masters is full of surprises and excitement.
US Open Championship
Set to play: June 16th to 19th
Location: Oakmont Country Club; Oakmont, Pennsylvania
The US Open Championship is the second major tournament where Jordan Spieth is set to defend his crown. Established 121 years ago at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island, the US Open also brings out the world’s best players. Throughout the history of the tournament, Americans have won it for the majority of it’s lifespan, but in the past 11 years, only three Americans have taken the title. Since the tournament is not invited only, professional and amateur golfers are allowed to participate. The only guideline is that they must pass a certain set of qualifications.
Set to play: July 14th to 17th
Location: Royal Troon; Troon, Scotland
The Open Championship has been around for over 150 years. Required to take place within the United Kingdom, the tournament offers a unique golfing experience. Zach Johnson of the United States is the current champion and is set to defend his title this year. Open to both professionals and amateurs, the tournament is set over 72 hole course that spreads over a four day span.
Set to play: July 28th to 31st
Location: Baltusrol Golf Club – Lower Course; Springfield, New Jersey
The last of the four major tournaments in the PGA Championship. Some argue that winning the PGA Championship is the most lucrative in terms of monetary gain and professional security. Winners of the tournament are invited to play in the other three championships for five years. Taking place on various courses throughout the US, the PGA Championship sets to celebrate their 100th year. Reigning champion Jason Day, of Australia, will return once again in July to play. The championship is usually set to play on Labor Day weekend, but was moved in order to accommodate the return of golf to the Olympics.
For a full list of PGA tournaments click here! Thanks for reading and check back soon for new updates.