Major Championship Preview/Feature


Danny Fisher

In the world of professional golf, events across the globe make up the majority of the year for these world class players. However, four events in particular bring out a different animal in a player. They bring out any weakness a player might have, and the players are thrown in front of the world and are shown little to no mercy. This year is no different. With the young guns leading the way like Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, and a handful of others trying to secure a major, they will have to do it at some of the bets venues the golfing world has ever seen.

Starting for the 2019 season, the PGA announced a change to the schedule, moving The Players (basically the fifth major) from May to March, clearing the way for the four majors to be played in succession, starting with the historic Masters Tournament being played during its usual April time, and following it with the PGA Championship, the U.S. Open, and the Open Championship finishing up in July. As I mentioned earlier, this rotation of Major Championship venues could be the greatest in a long, long time.

The Masters is an experience like no other. Thousands of patrons each April make the trek to Augusta, Georgia, to witness the place that golfing legend Bobby Jones built. Next, the PGA Championship, although considered the least popular of the four majors, has made a recent comeback thanks to Tiger Woods’ performance last year in St. Louis. This year, the championship heads to Bethpage Black in New York, where golfers are greeted on the first tee by a sign that says, “Warning! The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers.” The U.S. Open this year is at Pebble Beach, arguably the greatest golf course in the country, if not the world. Finally, the Open will makes its way back to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, a place that hasn’t hosted the championship since 1951.

In my opinion, with the world’s best players being so vast nowadays, there are plenty of players who have a chance to win any one of these coveted trophies and cash prizes. I turn my attention to longevity with Tiger finally getting back in the mix; he and Phil Mickelson both have a good chance to give the young guys a run for their money. Yet, I can’t see a scenario playing out where Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka don’t continue their success they’ve been having.

Golf all year ‘round is an exciting time, but from April to July, it’s an experience like no other. Pressure will continue to mount for these world class players, and some will rise to the occasion while others won’t. We, as fanatics, will just have to wait and see what takes place at these one of a kind places around the world.