Spencer Schar takes a keen interest in sports, particularly golf. This article will provide an overview of some of the most exciting golf events scheduled for 2024.
The Classic in the Palm Beaches (February 26th to March 3rd 2024)
Staged in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, last year’s Classic in the Palm Beaches saw more than $7.2 million raised for local charities, impacting the lives of over 100,000 children. Opening on February 26th, the 2024 edition will bring some of the world’s best PGA Tour competitors to Palm Beach County, entertaining the entire community.
Hosted by 1,300 volunteers, the Classic in the Palm Beaches follows a 72-hole strike play format, boasting a top prize of $1.62 million and a $9 million total prize purse. 144 players will compete, including some of the most accomplished players in the sport, presenting thousands of spectators with the opportunity to enjoy the nail-biting action while simultaneously enabling supporters to give back to the local community.
The Players Championship (March 14th to 17th 2024)
Held at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach in Jacksonville, Florida, the Player’s Championship is one of the PGA Tour’s most prestigious events.
Commonly known as the 5th Major due to the high caliber of the field, the PGA’s flagship tournament course at TPC Sawgrass is notorious for its speedy greens, narrow fairways, and fiendish 17th hole, where more than 100,000 balls land in the water each year as players grapple with the “Island Green”.
The Open (July 18th to 21st 2024)
The 152nd edition of The Open will take place in Royal Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland, marking its tenth turn at hosting the competition. The Open is one of the world’s best-known golfing championships, with the 2024 edition dazzling golfing enthusiasts from around the world with spectacular views of the Ayrshire coastline, as well as world-class play.
Golf’s oldest major, The Open attracts the sport’s most formidable players to compete for the Claret Jug. Founded in 1878, the historic Royal Troon Old Course covers 18 holes, having been redesigned by champion golfer James Braid. Following the traditional out-and-back template of the Old Course at St Andrews, Royal Troon tests players with a gentle opening through to its striking links, concluding with a back nine as challenging as any finish in the world. The last time Troon staged the Open was in 2016, when Henrik Stenson won in a gripping duel against Phil Mickelson.
PGA Championship (September 19th to 22nd 2024)
Sponsored by BMW, the 2024 edition of the PGA Championship will be hosted by Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Waters in Surrey, England. One of southeast England’s most prestigious golfclubs, Wentworth is a former private residence of the extended family of the Duke of Wellington. George Tarrant is credited with establishing Wentworth Club on the estate in 1922.
The PGA Championship is an annual tournament that forms part of the European Tour. Founded by the Professional Golfer’s Association in 1955, the competition boasts a $9 million prize fund.
Ryan Fox won the 2023 PGA Championship in a gripping one-stroke victory. Previous winners include Arnold Palmer, who made history as the tournament’s first American champion in 1975, and Colin Montgomerie, who became the only player to win the PGA Championship three years in a row in 2000.
The Ryder Cup (September 29th to October 1st 2024)
While the majors are undeniably the most prestigious competitions of the golfing year, there is one biannual event that is without doubt the sport’s greatest showpiece.
Pitching the USA’s most accomplished players against the best Europe has to offer through three days of intense and patriotic match play, the Ryder Cup concludes on Singles Day, often ending with fireworks and sporting drama that few other international competitions can muster.
The first Ryder Cup tournament was hosted by Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts, where the US team emerged as champions. In 1999, Sergio Garcia made history as the Ryder Cup’s youngest entrant, making his debut aged just 19 years old. Sir Nick Faldo holds the world record for the most Ryder Cup wins, having achieved a staggering 23 tournament victories.