Where are 2021’s men’s golf majors being played?
Golf’s Major calendar will return to a full complement in 2021, with plans pressing ahead to play all four top-level events, as well as the Ryder Cup, after the pandemic played havoc with the sport’s schedule in 2020.
Not only was the biennial battle between Europe and the United States pushed back, but The Open was cancelled too.
And with a full slate of major action to look forward to, here’s everything you need to know about the best events on the golfing calendar in 2021.
The Masters: 8-11 April
Where: Augusta National (85th time)
Champion: Dustin Johnson (2nd title)
Traditionally the first Major of the year, The Masters was in fact the final Major of 2020, having been rescheduled due to the pandemic.
Players will make their annual pilgrimage to Georgia with memories of the course fresher in their minds than usual, with world number one Dustin Johnson following up a five-stroke victory in November with a bid for a third green jacket.
Augusta’s famous foliage was the only onlooker last year, but the course has confirmed it hopes to allow limited numbers of fans to return in April.
Leisure golfers across the UK look set to step back on to the courses at the end of March and dust their trusted golf clubs off, from the pitching wedge to the wayward driver, meaning The Masters at the start of April is perfect timing.
PGA Championship: 20-23 May
Where: Kiawah Island (2nd time)
Champion: Collin Morikawa (1st title)
Moved to May to accommodate the Ryder Cup, the PGA Championship head to Kiawah (Kee-WAH) Island on the back of a fairy tale story at Harding Park last year, which saw Collin Morikawa triumph in just his second career Major outing.
The 24-year-old emerged from a seven-way tie for the lead on the final day in one of the most frantic Major finales of recent years.
This South Carolinian course hosted the tournament in 2012 as Rory McIlroy won by a championship record eight shots. Now into a seventh year since his last Major triumph, the Northern Irishman will be desperate for a repeat here.
U.S. Open: 17-20 June
Where: Torrey Pines (2nd time)
Champion: Bryson DeChambeau (1st title)
Bryson DeChambeau’s first major title has seen the American become a polarizing figure in the sport as his pursuit of greater physical advantages has led the game’s rule-makers to consider attempts to limit his strength.
It will be fascinating to see the beefed-up Californian in action around Torrey Pines’ South Course – the longest from first tee to final green on the PGA Tour.
The course’s last Open saw Tiger Woods battle the pain of a knee injury to take an unlikely triumph in a gruelling playoff against Rocco Mediate.
The Open: 15-18 July
Where: Royal St George’s (15th time)
Champion: Shane Lowry (2019 1st title)
The 149th Championship will be played at the second attempt after last year’s postponement, with players returning to Sandwich, Kent for the first time since an emotional triumph for Darren Clarke.
Seven of the last eight Open champions at St George’s have been first-time winners of the competition, dating back to 1934, so it may pay to look outside of the favourites if you’re hoping to pick a winner this time.
Donal Hughes, golfbidder presenter, on Royal St George’s said:
“As the world climbs back on to its feet never has an Open Championship been so anticipated as the 2021 staging and nowhere could be more fitting to stage it than Royal St George’s. Ten years ago we all remember how the course starred in Darren Clarke’s victory. A different test in ever-changing weather, it saluted Tom Watson with an ace on the maiden hole, it allowed Phil Mickelson to charge on Sunday, it seduced Dustin Johnson into a gamble before sundering his chance and then smiled on the Portrush man with a hop skip and a jump down its undulating fairways for victory. A course for the ages and we cannot wait to see it again!”
The Ryder Cup: 24-26 September
Where: Whistling Straits (1st time)
Champion: Team Europe (11th title)
Not a major, but still a tournament all players will have their eye on in 2021, Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington will be the men compiling the teams through the year.
The 43rd Ryder Cup will see Europe enter as holders once again after a strong showing in Paris in 2018 and hoping for similar fireworks to their last triumph on American soil, 2012’s ‘Miracle in Medinah’.
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