The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted most of our world’s biggest sports spectacles, and that certainly includes events staged by the PGA TOUR. Many tournaments have either been postponed or canceled altogether. On April 6, it was announced that the 2020 Open Championship, which was scheduled to take place in July, would not be held. The Open became the first major PGA TOUR event to be canceled since 1945.
The other three majors have been rescheduled: The PGA Championship will be held Aug. 6-9; the U.S. Open has been moved to Aug. 6-9; and the Masters is now set for Nov. 12-15.
Of course, depending on COVID-19, even those dates have to be considered to be tentative.
Oh, we’ll just come out and say it: We’re jonesing for golf to return. We miss the excitement and drama of the best golfers taking on the greens and fairways of some of the most spectacular courses in the world. We miss the epic comebacks and even the jaw-dropping choke jobs. And we miss Tiger Woods continuing his quest to catch Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major tournament victories.
Speaking of which, we thought we’d take some time to take a closer look at golf’s four major tournaments. To date, there have been 451 majors events and 223 winners. Eighty-two players have won at least two major championships. Nicklaus has the all-time record with 18 major titles. Woods is three back, with 15.
Below is a list of golfers who have won at least five major championships. The five names shaded in green ere the only players who achieved the coveted career “grand slam” – that is, they have won all four PGA TOUR majors.
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