What's the hardest major ever

The golf major tournaments and the Ryder Cup are the absolute highlights in the life of a professional golfer.

The majors consist of four tournaments: US Masters, US Open, Open Championship (British Open) and PGA Championship. The great mother of all majors is the British Open, which has been held since 1860. The majors are considered to be the four most popular golf tournaments in the world and represent the most difficult courses and the strongest fields of participants.

A golf professional who wins such a tournament can call himself a major winner. Jack Nicklaus is the most successful golfer of all time with 18 major wins, followed by Tiger Woods with 14 major wins. Bernhard Langer and Martin Kaymer have also achieved two major victories each. A so-called Grand Slam, i.e. a victory in all four tournaments within one season, has not yet been achieved by anyone. However, five golfers managed to win all four tournaments over several years: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen have immortalized themselves in this way.

In the current season 2018, a total of prize money was awarded for all four major tournaments
€ 44 million tendered. The winners each took home almost € 2 million.

When the majors are about a lot of money, honor comes first at the Ryder Cup. The Ryder Cup is a multi-day team tournament between the best golfers in Europe and the United States. It is a pure prestige duel, in which no prize money is distributed. The Ryder Cup has been held every two years since 1927, alternating between the USA and Europe. The USA are in the lead with 26 wins, Europe have 13 victorious games and two games ended in a draw.

The game mode promises increasing excitement over the game days. Basically, the Ryder Cup is played as a match game. Eight fourball and eight foursome games will be played on Friday and Saturday and a total of 16 points will be awarded. On the final day, all 24 players compete against each other in 12 individual matches, so there are still 12 points in the pot. The team won with 14.5 points.

But what are the boring regulations! They in no way reflect the tension and pressure that weighs on the players and the dramas that have already taken place at the Ryder Cup. Here are the top 3:

1991 Kiawah Island

The most exciting ending in the history of the game. After 3 days, the last single match between Bernhard Lange and Hale Irwin had to bring the decision. Langer had to win the 18th hole to secure a tie, which would have meant Europe would have kept the Ryder Cup. The last put on the last day was a 2 meter put by Bernhard Langer, which he could not sink. Victory for the USA, tears for Europe.

2012 The Miracle of Medinah

On Sunday morning the USA started with a 10: 6 lead and already looked like the sure winners. After a terrific race to catch up, Europe was able to equalize and it all boiled down to the match between Martin Kaymer and Steve Stricker. On track 18, Kaymer had to put two holes in to secure the tie and thus the title for Europe. The first put went a good 2 meters off, the second put Kaymer punched nervously. The Miracle of Medinah was born, and Martin Kaymer became a legend.

2014 Gleneagles

The Ryder Cup rookie Jamie Donaldson competed in the single game against Keegan Bradley and made the stroke of his life on hole 15: with the Wegde approx. 30 cm on the flagstick. The USA gave the remaining put, Europe won the Ryder Cup, the spectators and players were completely over the moon.

Do you want more? In 2018, the 42nd Ryder Cup will take place from September 28th to 30th on the Albatros Course des Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yveline near Paris.

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