The men's major golf championships, commonly known as the major championships,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:
Golf is a club-and-ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible.
The Masters Tournament is one of the four major championships in professional golf. Scheduled for the first full week of April, the Masters is the first major of the year, and unlike the others, it is always held at the same location, Augusta National Golf Club, a private course in the southeastern United States, in the city of Augusta, Georgia.
Augusta National Golf Club, located in Augusta, Georgia, is one of the most famous golf clubs in the world. Founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts on the site of the former Fruitland Nursery, the course was designed by Jones and Alister MacKenzie and opened for play in January 1933. Its first club professional was Ed Dudley, who served in the role until 1957; Dudley was one of the top tournament professionals of his era, with 15 wins on the PGA Tour. Since 1934, the club has played host to the annual Masters Tournament, one of the four major championships in professional golf, and the only major played each year at the same course. It was the top-ranked course in Golf Digest's 2009 list of America's 100 greatest courses and was the number ten-ranked course based on course architecture on Golfweek Magazine's 2011 list of best classic courses in the United States.
Augusta, officially Augusta–Richmond County, is a consolidated city-county on the central eastern border of the U.S. state of Georgia. The city lies across the Savannah River from South Carolina at the head of its navigable portion. Georgia's second-largest city after Atlanta, Augusta is located in the Piedmont section of the state.
Alongside the biennial Ryder Cup team competition, the majors are golf's marquee 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. If he is already a leading player, he will probably receive large bonuses from his sponsors and may be able to negotiate better contracts. If he is an unknown, he will immediately be signed up. Perhaps more importantly, he will receive an exemption from the need to annually re-qualify for a tour card on his home tour, thus giving a tournament golfer some security in an unstable profession. Currently, the PGA Tour gives a five-year exemption to all major winners, while the European Tour gives a seven-year exemption.
The Ryder Cup is a biennial men's golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. The competition is contested every two years with the venue alternating between courses in the United States and Europe. The Ryder Cup is named after the English businessman Samuel Ryder who donated the trophy. The event is jointly administered by the PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe, the latter a joint venture of the PGA European Tour (60%), the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland (20%), and the PGAs of Europe (20%).
The Players Championship is an annual golf tournament on the PGA Tour. Originally known as the Tournament Players Championship, it began in 1974. The Players Championship currently offers the highest prize fund of any tournament in golf, overtaking the U.S. Open which offers a $12 million purse. The field usually includes the top 50 players in the world rankings, but unlike the four major championships or two World Golf Championships events staged in the United States, it is not an official event on the European Tour.
The World Golf Championships (WGC) are a group of four annual events for professional golfers created by the International Federation of PGA Tours. All four WGC tournaments are official money events on the PGA Tour, European Tour, and the Japan Golf Tour, and officially sanctioned by the Asian Tour, Sunshine Tour, and PGA Tour of Australasia.
Three of the four majors take place in the United States. The Masters is played at the same course, Augusta National Golf Club, every year, while the other three rotate courses (the Open Championship, however, is always played on a links course). Each of the majors has a distinct history, and they are run by four different golf organizations, but their special status is recognized worldwide. Major championship winners receive the maximum possible allocation of 100 points from the Official World Golf Ranking, which is endorsed by all of the main tours, and major championship prize money is official on the three richest regular (i.e. under-50) golf tours, the PGA Tour, European Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
A links is the oldest style of golf course, first developed in Scotland. The word "links" comes via the Scots language from the Old English word hlinc : "rising ground, ridge" and refers to an area of coastal sand dunes and sometimes to open parkland. It can be treated as singular even though it has an "s" at the end and occurs in place names that precede the development of golf, for example Lundin Links, Fife. It also retains this more general meaning in standard Scottish English. Links land is typically characterised by dunes, an undulating surface, and a sandy soil unsuitable for arable farming but which readily supports various indigenous browntop bent and red fescue grasses. Together, the soil and grasses result in the firm turf associated with links courses and the 'running' game. The hard surface typical of the links-style course allows balls to "run" out much farther than on softer turf course after a fairway landing. Often players will land the ball well before the green and allow it to run up onto the green rather than landing it on the green in the more targeted-landing style used on softer surfaces.
The Official World Golf Ranking is a system for rating the performance level of male professional golfers. It was started in 1986.
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Although the majors are considered prestigious due to their history and traditions, there are still other non-"major" tournaments which prominently feature top players competing for purses meeting or exceeding those of the four traditional majors, such as the World Golf Championships, the European Tour's DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, and the PGA Tour's Players Championship. As The Players has the largest prize fund of any golf event, and is promoted as the tour's flagship tournament, it is frequently considered to be an unofficial "fifth major" by players and critics. After the announcement that the Evian Masters would be recognized as the fifth women's major by the LPGA Tour, players shared objections to the concept of having a fifth men's major, owing to the long-standing traditions that the existing four have established.
The DP World Tour Championship, Dubai is a golf tournament on the European Tour and is the climax of the European Tour Race to Dubai. It is contested on the Earth course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The title sponsor is DP World, a shipping company based in Dubai.
The Evian Championship is a women's professional golf tournament in France, played at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains. It was originally held in June, moved to July in 2003, and moved again to September in 2013. It will return to a July date in 2019.
Women's golf has a set of major championships which parallels that in men's golf, with the women's system newer and less stable than the men's. As of 2013, five tournaments are designated as majors in women's golf by the LPGA Tour.
The majors originally consisted of two British tournaments, The Open Championship and The Amateur Championship, and two American tournaments, the U.S. Open and the U.S. Amateur. With the introduction of the Masters Tournament in 1934, and the rise of professional golf in the late 1940s and 1950s, the term "major championships" eventually came to describe the Masters, the U.S. Open, the Open Championship, and the PGA Championship. It is difficult to determine when the definition changed to include the current four tournaments, although many trace it to Arnold Palmer's 1960 season. After winning the Masters and the U.S. Open to start the season, he remarked that if he could win the Open Championship and PGA Championship to finish the season, he would complete "a grand slam of his own" to rival Bobby Jones's 1930 feat. Until that time, many U.S. players such as Byron Nelson also considered the Western Open and the North and South Open as two of golf's "majors,"and the British PGA Matchplay Championship was as important to British and Commonwealth professionals as the PGA Championship was to Americans.
The Open Championship, often referred to as The Open or the British Open, is an annual golf tournament conducted by The R&A. It is one of the four major championships in professional golf, and is the oldest of the four. The Open is traditionally played in mid-July; beginning in 2019, with the rescheduling of the PGA Championship to May, the tournament will be the final major of the golf season.
The Amateur Championship is a golf tournament which has been held annually in the United Kingdom since 1885 except during the two World Wars, and in 1949 when Ireland hosted the championship. It is one of the two leading individual tournaments for amateur golfers, alongside the U.S. Amateur. It normally has the widest international representation of any individual amateur event, with 38 golf federations from all six continents represented in the 2018 championship.
The United States Open Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Open, is the annual open national championship of golf in the United States. It is the third of the four major championships in golf, and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. Since 1898 the competition has been 72 holes of stroke play, with the winner being the player with the lowest total number of strokes. It is staged by the United States Golf Association (USGA) in mid-June, scheduled so that, if there are no weather delays, the final round is played on the third Sunday, which is Father's Day. The U.S. Open is staged at a variety of courses, set up in such a way that scoring is very difficult, with a premium placed on accurate driving. As of 2019 the U.S. Open awards a $12.5 million purse, the largest of all 4 major championships and tied for largest of all PGA Tour events.
During the 1950s, the short-lived World Championship of Golf was viewed as a "major" by its competitors, as its first prize was worth almost ten times any other event in the game, and it was the first event whose finale was televised live on U.S. television. The oldest of the majors is The Open Championship, commonly referred to as the "British Open" outside the United Kingdom. Dominated by American champions in the 1920s and 1930s, the comparative explosion in the riches available on the U.S. Tour from the 1940s onwards meant that the lengthy overseas trip needed to qualify and compete in the event became increasingly prohibitive for the leading American professionals. Their regular participation dwindled after the war years. Ben Hogan entered just once in 1953 and won, but never returned. Sam Snead won in 1946 but lost money on the trip (first prize was $600) and did not return until 1962.
Golf writer Dan Jenkins, who was often seen as the world authority on majors since he had attended more (200+) than anyone else, once noted that "the pros didn't talk much about majors back then. I think it was Herbert Warren Wind who starting using the term. He said golfers had to be judged by the major tournaments they won, but it's not like there was any set number of major tournaments."
In 1960, Arnold Palmer entered The Open Championship in an attempt to emulate Hogan's 1953 feat of winning on his first visit. Though a runner-up by a stroke in his first attempt, Palmer returned and won the next two in 1961 and 1962. Scheduling difficulties persisted with the PGA Championship, but more Americans began competing in the 1960s, restoring the event's prestige (and with it the prize money that once made it an attractive prospect to other American pros). The advent of transatlantic jet travel helped to boost American participation in The Open. A discussion between Palmer and Pittsburgh golf writer Bob Drum led to the concept of the modern Grand Slam of Golf.
In August 2017, after the previous year's edition was scheduled earlier due to golf at the 2016 Summer Olympics, the PGA of America announced that the PGA Championship would be moved to late-May beginning in 2019, in between the Masters and U.S. Open. The PGA Tour concurrently announced that it would move the Players Championship back to March the same year; as a result, the Players and the four majors will still be played across five consecutive months.
In the United Kingdom, the BBC used to be the exclusive TV home of the Masters Tournament and the Open Championship, however from 2011 onwards Sky Sports has exclusive live coverage of the first two days of the Masters, with the weekend rounds shared with the BBC. The U.S. Open is shown exclusively on Sky Sports. Beginning in 2016, Sky Sports also became the exclusive broadcaster of the Open Championship; the BBC elected to forego the final year of its contract.The BBC continues to hold rights to broadcast a nightly highlights programme.
Sky also held rights to the PGA Championship, but in July 2017, it was reported that the PGA of America had declined to renew its contract, seeking a different media model for the tournament in the United Kingdom.The 2017 tournament was aired by the BBC (via BBC Red Button, with the conclusion of coverage on BBC Two) and streamed by GiveMeSport (via Facebook Live). Eleven Sports UK & Ireland acquired the event for 2018, as one of the first events covered by the newly-launched streaming service.
As none of the majors fall under the direct jurisdiction of tours, broadcast rights for these events are negotiated separately with each sanctioning body. All four majors have been broadcast at some point by one of the "big three" networks—all of whom are currently or have previously been PGA Tour broadcast partners. In 2015, CBS was the only big three network that held weekend-round rights to one or more majors, as the remainder, along with early round coverage of all four, were held either by Fox or cable networks.
The Masters operates under one-year contracts; CBS has been the main TV partner every year since 1956, with ESPN broadcasting CBS-produced coverage of the first and second rounds since 2008 (replacing USA Network, which had shown the event since the early 1980s).
Beginning in 1966, ABC obtained the broadcast rights for the other three majors and held them for a quarter century. The PGA Championship moved to CBS in 1991 and the U.S. Open returned to NBC in 1995.ABC retained The Open Championship as its sole major, but moved its live coverage on the weekend to sister cable network ESPN in 2010. In June 2015, it was announced that NBC and Golf Channel would acquire rights to the Open Championship under a 12-year deal. While the NBC deal was originally to take effect in 2017, ESPN chose to opt out of its final year of Open rights, so the NBC contract took effect beginning in 2016 instead.
As of 2015, Fox Sports holds broadcast rights to the U.S. Open and other USGA events, replacing NBC and ESPN, with Fox Sports 1 as the primary pay TV outlet.
CBS and Turner Sports held rights to the PGA Championship until Turner's contract expired in 2019, with TNT handling early round and weekend morning coverage, and CBS airing weekend afternoon coverage. CBS's contract runs through 2030, but ESPN will replace TNT as its cable partner in 2020.
Because each major was developed and is run by a different organization, each has different characteristics that sets it apart. These involve the character of the courses used, the composition of the field, and other idiosyncrasies.
Win number out of total wins is shown in parentheses for golfers with more than one major championship.
|Year||Masters Tournament||PGA Championship||U.S. Open||The Open Championship|
|2019|| June 13–16, Pebble Beach Golf Links || July 18–21, Royal Portrush Golf Club |
|Year||Masters Tournament||U.S. Open||The Open Championship||PGA Championship|
|1945||Not held due to World War II||Not held due to World War II||Not held due to World War II|
|1943||Not held due to World War II|
|1933||Not yet founded|
|1919||Not held due to World War I|
|1918||Not held due to World War I||Not held due to World War I|
|1915||Not yet founded|
|1894||Not yet founded|
|Year||Masters Tournament||U.S. Open||The Open Championship||PGA Championship|
The table below shows the number of major championships won by golfers from various countries. Tallies are also shown for major wins by golfers from Europe and from the "Rest of the World" (RoW), i.e. the world excluding Europe and the United States. The United States plays Europe in the Ryder Cup and an International Team representing the Rest of the World in the Presidents Cup. The table is complete through the 2019 Masters. Since the establishment of The Masters in 1934, an American has won at least one major every year, with the exception of 1994.
The aggregate scoring records for each major are tabulated below, listed in order of when the majors are scheduled annually.
|Apr 13, 1997||Masters Tournament||Tiger Woods||70-66-65-69||270||−18|
|Apr 12, 2015||Jordan Spieth||64-66-70-70|
|Aug 12, 2018||PGA Championship||Brooks Koepka||69-63-66-66||264||−16|
|Jun 19, 2011||U.S. Open||Rory McIlroy||65-66-68-69||268||−16|
|Jul 17, 2016||The Open Championship||Henrik Stenson||68-65-68-63||264||−20|
The scoring records to par for each major are tabulated below, listed in order of when the majors are scheduled annually.
|Apr 13, 1997||Masters Tournament||Tiger Woods||70-66-65-69||270||−18|
|Apr 12, 2015||Jordan Spieth||64-66-70-70||270|
|Aug 16, 2015||PGA Championship||Jason Day||68-67-66-67||268||−20|
|Jun 19, 2011||U.S. Open||Rory McIlroy||65-66-68-69||268||−16|
|Jun 18, 2017||Brooks Koepka||67-70-68-67||272|
|Jul 17, 2016||The Open Championship||Henrik Stenson||68-65-68-63||264||−20|
The record for a single round in a major championship is 62 which was recorded by South African golfer Branden Grace in the third round of the 2017 Open Championship.
There is no official award presented to the player with the best overall record in the four majors, although the PGA's Player of the Year system favors performances in the major championships. Since 1984, world ranking points have been assigned to finishes in the majors, which has allowed a calculation of which player has earned the most ranking points in majors in a season – in almost every year since, one of the year's major winners has either won two of them, or has been the only player to win one and record a high finish in another (like Justin Leonard in 1997, David Duval in 2001, Lucas Glover in 2009 or Dustin Johnson in 2016), enough to finish top of such a merit table in those years. The single exception was Nick Faldo in 1988, whose finishes of 2nd, 3rd and 4th earned him more world ranking points than any of that year's champions achieved during the season.
Tables are occasionally constructed for interest showing the overall scoring records for those players who have completed all 288 holes in the majors during a season. In the 1970s, Jack Nicklaus led such a table in 1970–73, 1975 and 1979, with Gary Player leading in 1974, Raymond Floyd in 1976, and Tom Watson in 1977 and 1978. In the 1980s a notable leader was in 1987, when Ben Crenshaw was top of this compilation after finishing 4th, 4th, 4th and 7th in the four majors. In total Crenshaw took 1,140 strokes, only 12 more than the sum total of the four respective champions' scores of 1,128. Recent 'winners' of this accolade are Pádraig Harrington in 2008, Ross Fisher in 2009, Phil Mickelson in 2010, Charl Schwartzel in 2011, and Adam Scott in 2012. In 2013, Scott and fellow Australian Jason Day tied for this accolade with a cumulative score of +2. Rickie Fowler led in 2014 with −32 after top-five finishes in all four tournaments, while in 2015 Jordan Spieth led the standings by achieving the lowest all-time cumulative score in a year of −54, one shot better than the cumulative score of Tiger Woods in 2000. In 2016, Jason Day again led with −9, achieved despite not winning any of the major tournaments during the year. In 2017, Brooks Koepka topped the list with a cumulative scored of −21, one shot better than Matt Kuchar and Hideki Matsuyama. In 2018, Justin Rose had the best cumulative score of −12, one shot better than 2014 list leader Rickie Fowler.
|Tom Morris, Jr.||The Open Championship||4||1868, 1869, 1870, 1872 [a]|
|Walter Hagen||PGA Championship||4||1924, 1925, 1926, 1927|
|Jamie Anderson||The Open Championship||3||1877, 1878, 1879|
|Bob Ferguson||The Open Championship||3||1880, 1881, 1882|
|Willie Anderson||U.S. Open||3||1903, 1904, 1905|
|Peter Thomson||The Open Championship||3||1954, 1955, 1956|
|Tom Morris, Sr.||The Open Championship||2||1861, 1862|
|Harry Vardon||The Open Championship||2||1898, 1899|
|James Braid||The Open Championship||2||1905, 1906|
|John Henry Taylor||The Open Championship||2||1894, 1895|
|John McDermott||U.S. Open||2||1911, 1912|
|Jim Barnes||PGA Championship||2||1916, 1919 [a]|
|Gene Sarazen||PGA Championship||2||1922, 1923|
|Bobby Jones||The Open Championship||2||1926, 1927|
|Walter Hagen||The Open Championship||2||1928, 1929|
|Leo Diegel||PGA Championship||2||1928, 1929|
|Bobby Jones||U.S. Open||2||1929, 1930|
|Denny Shute||PGA Championship||2||1936, 1937|
|Ralph Guldahl||U.S. Open||2||1937, 1938|
|Bobby Locke||The Open Championship||2||1949, 1950|
|Ben Hogan||U.S. Open||2||1950, 1951|
|Arnold Palmer||The Open Championship||2||1961, 1962|
|Jack Nicklaus||Masters Tournament||2||1965, 1966|
|Lee Trevino||The Open Championship||2||1971, 1972|
|Tom Watson||The Open Championship||2||1982, 1983|
|Curtis Strange||U.S. Open||2||1988, 1989|
|Nick Faldo||Masters Tournament||2||1989, 1990|
|Tiger Woods||PGA Championship||2||1999, 2000|
|Tiger Woods||Masters Tournament||2||2001, 2002|
|Tiger Woods||The Open Championship||2||2005, 2006|
|Tiger Woods||PGA Championship (2)||2||2006, 2007|
|Pádraig Harrington||The Open Championship||2||2007, 2008|
|Brooks Koepka||U.S. Open||2||2017, 2018|
|Brooks Koepka||PGA Championship||2||2018, 2019|
a These are consecutive because no tournaments were played in between at The Open Championship in 1871 or at the PGA Championship in 1917 and 1918.
Players who have led or been tied for the lead after each round of a major.
It was rare, before the early 1960s, for the leading players from around the world to have the opportunity to compete in all four of the 'modern' majors in one season, because of the different qualifying criteria used in each at the time, the costs of traveling to compete (in an era when tournament prize money was very low, and only the champion himself would earn the chance of ongoing endorsements), and on occasion even the conflicting scheduling of the Open and PGA Championships. In 1937, the U.S. Ryder Cup side all competed in The Open Championship, but of those who finished in the top ten of that event, only Ed Dudley could claim a "top ten" finish in all four of the majors in 1937, if his defeat in the last-16 round of that year's PGA Championship (then at matchplay) was considered a "joint 9th" position.
Following 1960, when Arnold Palmer's narrowly failed bid to add the Open Championship to his Masters and U.S. Open titles (and thus emulate Hogan's 1953 "triple crown") helped to establish the concept of the modern professional "Grand Slam", it has become commonplace for the leading players to be invited to, and indeed compete in, all four majors each year. Even so, those who have recorded top-ten finishes in all four, in a single year, remains a small and select group.
|Three majors won in calendar year that the top ten was completed #|
|Two majors won in calendar year that the top ten was completed ‡|
|One major won in calendar year that the top ten was completed †|
|No majors won in calendar year that the top ten was completed ^|
|Never won a regular tour major championship in his career *|
|Nationality||Player||Year||Wins||Major championship results||Lowest|
|Masters||U.S. Open||Open Ch.||PGA Ch.|
|Ed Dudley *||1937||0||3rd||5th||6th||R16||R16|
|Arnold Palmer ‡||1960||2||1||1||2nd||T7||T7|
|Gary Player ^||1963||0||T5||T8||T7||T8||T8|
|Arnold Palmer (2) ^||1966||0||T4||2nd||T8||T6||T8|
|Doug Sanders *||1966||0||T4||T8||T2||T6||T8|
|Miller Barber *||1969||0||7th||T6||10th||T5||10th|
|Jack Nicklaus †||1971||1||T2||2nd||T5||1||T5|
|Jack Nicklaus (2) †||1973||1||T3||T4||4th||1||T4|
|Jack Nicklaus (3) ^||1974||0||T4||T10||3rd||2nd||T10|
|Gary Player (2) ‡||1974||2||1||T8||1||7th||T8|
|Hale Irwin ^||1975||0||T4||T3||T9||T5||T9|
|Jack Nicklaus (4) ‡||1975||2||1||T7||T3||1||T7|
|Tom Watson †||1975||1||T8||T9||1||9th||T9|
|Jack Nicklaus (5) ^||1977||0||2nd||T10||2nd||3rd||T10|
|Tom Watson (2) ‡||1977||2||1||T7||1||T6||T7|
|Tom Watson (3) ‡||1982||2||T5||1||1||T9||T9|
|Ben Crenshaw ^||1987||0||T4||T4||T4||T7||T7|
|Tiger Woods #||2000||3||5th||1||1||1||5th|
|Sergio García ^||2002||0||8th||4th||T8||10th||10th|
|Ernie Els ^||2004||0||2nd||T9||2nd||T4||T9|
|Phil Mickelson †||2004||1||1||2nd||3rd||T6||T6|
|Vijay Singh ^||2005||0||T5||T6||T5||T10||T10|
|Tiger Woods (2) ‡||2005||2||1||2nd||1||T4||T4|
|Rickie Fowler *||2014||0||T5||T2||T2||T3||T5|
|Jordan Spieth ‡||2015||2||1||1||T4||2nd||T4|
On 13 of the 25 occasions the feat has been achieved, the player in question did not win a major that year – indeed, three of the players (Dudley, Sanders and Barber) failed to win a major championship in their careers (although Barber would go on to win five senior majors), and Fowler has also yet to win one.
Note: The order in which the majors were contested varied between 1895 and 1953. Prior to 1916, the PGA Championship did not exist; Prior to 1934, the Masters did not exist. From 1954 through 2018, the order of the majors was Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship, PGA except in 1971, when the PGA was played before the Masters. From 2019, the order will be Masters, PGA, U.S. Open, Open Championship.
For the purposes of this section a runner-up is defined as someone who either (i) tied for the lead after 72 holes (or 36 holes in the case of the early championships) but lost the playoff or (ii) finished alone or in a tie for second place. In a few instances players have been involved in a playoff for the win or for second place prize money and have ended up taking the third prize (e.g. 1870 Open Championship, 1966 Masters Tournament). These players are still regarded as being runners-up. For match play PGA Championships up to 1957 the runner-up is the losing finalist.
Along with his record 18 major victories, Jack Nicklaus also holds the record for most runner-up finishes in major championships, with 19, including a record 7 at the Open Championship. Phil Mickelson has the second most with 11 runner-up finishes after the 2016 Open Championship, which includes a record 6 runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open, the one major he has never won. Arnold Palmer had 10 second places, including three in the major he never won, the PGA Championship. There have been three golfers with 8 runner-up finishes – Sam Snead, Greg Norman and Tom Watson. Norman shares the distinction of having lost playoffs in each of the four majors with Craig Wood (who lost the 1934 PGA final – at match play – on the second extra hole).
a Crampton was second to Jack Nicklaus on each occasion.
|100||Davis Love III||1||1986–2018|
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I noticed no one complaining about how the course was too easy or too hard. I couldn't find one bad thing on social media about the scores being too low even though 21 players finished at par or better. You know why? Because the R&A allowed Royal Troon to be itself and let whatever was going to happen, score-wise, happen.