Golf is played by professionals of a large number of different countries. The majority of golf professionals work as teaching or club pros, and only participate in regional competitions. Smaller elite of golf pros are "tournament professionals" who compete permanently on international golfing tours.
There are minimum of twenty professional men golf competitions (commonly known as ?tours?), each governed by a Professional Golfers Association (PGA) or an autonomous organization, responsible for organizing events, drawing sponsors, and supervising the tour. As a rule, pro tours have their "members" who are eligible to participate in all events, and in addition to this, invite non-members to take part in some of the events.
The most generally known golf tour is the PGA TOUR, which lures the top golfers from all the rest pro men golf competitions. By far the main reason for that is the fact that most events on the PGA Tour have the first money prize of over US $750,000. The PGA European Tour, which gather together a significant number of best golfers from all the continents except
The well-paid competitions for older players occur as one of the unique peculiarities of golf. There are more than a few senior men golf competitions, the most famous of them is the Champions Tour based in the
Major Men Golf Competitions
The major golf competitions are the four most recognized men's championships of the year: Golf The Masters, U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and PGA Championship.
The Masters has been held at the National Golf Club in
The number of major tournaments won by a player during his career has a considerable influence on his ranking in the golf. Jack Nicklaus regarded as the best golf player of all time has gained this unofficial title for the most often, because he has been the winner of a record - 18 majors, and 20 total majors if to take into account his two U.S. Amateurs titles. Tiger Woods, who is the only professional player likely to challenge record of Nicklaus, has been the victor of ten majors, each and every one prior to the age of thirty. Woods also was closest to accumulate all four majors titles in one season (this achievement is known as Grand Slam) when he came first in them one after the other across two golf seasons: the U.S. Open of 2000, then 2000 Open Championship, followed by PGA Championship the same year; and the 2001 Golf Masters. This accomplishment has been commonly called the Tiger Slam.
Before the inception of The Masters and the PGA Championship, the four tournaments that had formed Majors were the U.S. Amateur, the British Amateur, the U.S. Open, and the Open Championship.