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Golf Australia Express : Issue 35
Theidea of a major has developed over the years, coming to represent the pinnacle of professional golf. With only four on the calendar, they are spread sparingly like diamonds on a fine necklace throughout the year that we may enjoy the sweet spice of anticipation in their approach. While you don’t have to dig deep to hear clear mumblings calling for a fifth major, the nature of a major needs be understood before the merits of such a call can be considered. in 1930, Bobby Jones was immortalised for winning a grand slam. There was a lot said about this achievement—he was given two ticker-tape parades in celebration of such a monumental performance, which George Trevor famously described as the “impregnable quadrilateral of golf”. When Jones cut this milestone from bare rock, it was for winning four majors. The Open, the (British) amateur Championship, the US Open and the US amateurs. Once we dig There's more To majors Than facTs, figures and sTaTisTics, wriTes will hone. The FiFTh elemenT with Will Hone In HonIng past all the fanfare there’s a significant point to be seen: clearly those four competitions were considered majors despite two being amateur events. When Tiger Woods approached a similar feat in 2000-01, more than just the equipment had changed. The four majors had become the Masters, US Open, British Open and PGa Championship. People talk about the traditions of a major, they talk about the idiosyncratic challenges of each of the competitions and they talk about the field, drawn by a purse that is truly worth winning. On all of these fronts The Players Championship ought to be a major. it’s older than the Masters, has the biggest purse on Tour, attracts a quality field and already offers huge rankings points (80 for a win, compared to 100 for a major. The australian Open, on the other hand, earns just 32 points). But the prestigious magic that imbues a major comes from its rarity. Should a fifth major be added to the calendar, crowds may well become numb to the outcome, and that spicy tang tasted when looking towards the first tee gathered before the gallery will quickly fade beneath the glare of normality. So i don’t think the Players Championship should become a major. if anything, i would see one of the majors moved overseas, and perhaps even get rid of another. But that opens up another can of worms altogether... OTG The prestigious magic that imbues a major comes from its rarity. Tell us Your ThoughTs