Golf season is back and in full swing for the 2013 season. Many questions will face the top golfers this season. Will Rory McIlroy continue his dominance? Will Tiger Woods rebound? Will Bubba Watson repeat his previous success? These questions are very important and will be answered this golf season during the 2013 PGA Major Golf Tournaments. The Major Golf Tournaments include 4 golf tournaments which are The Masters, the US Open, the British Open Championship and the US PGA Championship. These 4 tournaments are considered golf’s top rated events in 2013.
The US Open 2013, Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA – 13 to 16 June 2013
The US Open golf tournament is rich in tradition and has been around since 1895. This tournament is located at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The tournament will be a 70 par course in 2013 and has a 6,846 yard length. The tournament will start June 13th. Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus Willie Anderson, and Bobby Jones hold the record for the most U.S. Open wins with 4. Last season Webb Simpson won the event, but he will be challenged by 2011 winner Rory McIlroy and fellow Irishman Graeme McDowell, who won the tournament in 2010.
British Open Championship 2013, Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland – 18 to 21 July 2013
The Open Championship, also known as the British Open, is being played in Scotland this year. The course will be 71 pars and have a length of 7,245 yards. The tournament has been around since 1860. Ernie Els won his second Open Championship last year and will try to repeat his performance this year. Tiger Woods, who has won 3 Open Championships, will look to challenge Els. Padraig Harrington, who won back to back Open Championships in 07-08, will also look to take home a first place finish.
US PGA Championship 2013, Oak Hill Country Club (East Course), Rochester, New York – 8 to 11 August 2013
The PGA Championship will begin play on August 8th and will be played at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. The PGA Championship has been played since 1918. Defending champion Rory McIlroy will defend his title against a tough field that includes 4 time PGA Championship winner Tiger Woods and 2 time champion Vijay Singh.
Other notable Golfing dates for 2013
- The Presidents Cup, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio, USA – 3 to 6 October 2013
- US Women’s Open 2013, Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton, New York, USA – 27 to 30 June 2013 – Held annually since 1946 this is one the most important stroke play tournaments on the calendar.
- Women’s British Open, The Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, UK – 1 to 4 August 2013 – This has been a major event in the golfing calendar since 2001.
- US Senior Open, Omaha Country Club, Omaha, Nebraska, USA – 8 to 14 July 2013 – Open to all senior players since 1980.
- Senior PGA Championship, Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri, USA – 21 to 26 May 2013 – The first major golfing tournament for players aged over 50 has been held annually since 1937.
- US Amateur Championship, The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts – 12 to 18 August 2013 – Players that have a USGA Handicap Index 2.4 or less can compete in this tournament that was first established back in 1895.
- US Women’s Amateur Championship, Country Club of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina – 5 to 11 August 2013 – females with a handicap less than 5.4 are eligible to play this tournament, which also started in 1895.
The Masters Tournament 2013, Augusta, USA – 11 to 14 April 2013
The 2013 Masters Golf tournament will once again take place in Augusta, Georgia at the Augusta National Golf Club. The course is a 72 par course that is 7,435 yards in length. The tournament will be played in early April. Last year golfer Bubba Watson won his first Masters Tournament when he defeated Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff. Watson will look to hold off fellow challengers such as Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Both Mickelson and Woods have great track records in the Masters. Mickelson won the tournament in 2004, 2006, and 2010. Woods won the tournament in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005.