The Main Golfing Events Worldwide
As with any longstanding sport, golf also has major tournaments around the world. We have put together an overview of some of the most popular golf tours in the world to give you more information on what to expect from this refined sport. Golf is a sport where betting options can be found throughout the year and is why betting on golf is so popular.
The Ryder Cup
This is a high-profile golf tournament that takes place every two years. Despite the esteem of the tournament, there is no prize money awarded to the victor. The Ryder Cup has a long history and was initially a tournament that took place between America and Great Britain. The player base was expanded to include Europe in 1979. Unlike other golf tournaments, The Ryder Cup is a team event. There are teams of 12 players pitted against each other to fight for victory.
The event takes place at different locations, alternating between courses in America and Europe. So far, the USA has claimed 27 victories while Europe has claimed 14. The team is selected by a captain that does not participate in the tournament. Points are awarded to the teams based on the outcome of various matches and are then tallied to determine the winning team after the final day of matches.
The European Tour
There are many matches played in the European tour, so it only makes sense that the season spans between January and November each year. The European Tour also includes the Challenge Tour and the European Senior Tour which makes up the 40 matches of this tournament. Each year the final day takes place in Dubai and it is for that reason that the tournament is now also known as “The Race to Dubai”. The European Tour has a long history since it was established in the 1970s.
The PGA Tour
This golf organization is in charge of major league golf in North America. The organization was officially founded in the late 1920s and now has six separate golf tours in its portfolio. The PGA Tour season happens from September through to August the following year and is made up of 50 official sporting events.
The PGA Championship
A major tournament in the US and watched by fans all over the world. The official name of the tournament is the US PGA Championship and is one of the four majors. The tournament is held in a different US state each year and happens in May. There are about 75 golf courses in the US that have hosted the PGA Championship since its inception in 1916.
The US Open
This tournament takes place in June and is also one of the four golf majors played each year. The tournament takes place at a different golf course every year since the first US Open was played in 1895. There are currently 19 US states that have had the pleasure of hosting the tournament since the first tournament was played in Newport, Rhode Island.
The US Masters
By far the most prestigious golf tournament came into being in 1934. This tournament is also the first of the four majors to take place each year, which currently takes place in April. The green jacket worn by the winner of the US Masters is well-known to those who enjoy golf and those who know very little. Unlike most of the other golf tournaments, this one is held for an entire week in Augusta, Georgia. The tournament receives a lot of media attention as well as betting options each year.