As with many of the other bigger sporting events in the world, last year was certainly a tough time for fans as the opportunity to attend events had become less possible and even impossible for many, and instead had a reliance on different viewing options and a huge uptick in betting options as a list here of the biggest online services continued to grow – the good news is that the spring has arrived once more, and for golfing fans that means the start of the calendar for the big tournaments. This past weekend saw the Masters at Augusta once more, and it came with quite the showing as Hideki Matsuyama not only put on an incredible performance to win, but also became the first Asian born winner to take the green jacket too. With other notable names like Spieth and Rahm putting up a strong performance too, the rest of the year is looking very exciting, but how are the other big events of the year shaping up?
PGA Championship – Taking place between May 20th and 23rd, the PGA Championship is the next big event that follows the Masters with a prize pool over $11 million. The course rotates between the biggest in the US too with this year’s event taking place at the Ocean Course in South Carolina and is certainly an important game in the calendar. It has already been announced that there will be limited in-person attendance, so for fans hoping to watch something live, they may have to wait a little longer.
U.S Open – Following the PGA is the U.S Open, and much in the same way as the previous the course often rotates, and usually amongst the most difficult courses – this year the Open returns to the 2008 course at Torrey Pines with the more difficult of the two at the South Course. The difference here is that there currently is no information on whether or not there will be any limited attendance at the course, and whilst it is expected it’s the likely outcome given current events, with the Open not taking place until late June there’s certainly the possibility fans will be back once more.
British Open – Another of the big classics this year at the Royal St. George’s Golf Course, and taking place toward the back end of July which could certainly be good news for fans – with the UK aiming to have completed its vaccination events by July or August, it could be a great opportunity for fans to get back out onto the courses with the pros. Whilst there are a few events to round out the year the British Open typically rounds out the biggest tournaments for the end of the year, and if it can close out the big tournaments with fans in attendance, that’s certainly much more exciting for 2021 golf.