While many borders remain close and PGA events remain without fans in attendance, there is hope. News of multiple vaccines with a high-success rate increases the possibility that the world starts returning to normal in 2021. While early tournaments likely play on without fans, the potential of fans returning have us excited about the possibility of watching the best golfers in the world play in-person. If we can travel in 2021, these are the events worth jumping on a plane to go watch.
The Players Championship – TPC Sawgrass – March 11-14
This one may be a little soon on the calendar, but if it is possible, it is worth it for the chance to visit the first Tournament Players Club and watch the best golfers in the world competing for the biggest purse ever – worth $15,000,000. TPC Sawgrass, which is in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, hosts the Players Championship, which many consider the most important single golf event outside one of the four Majors. It is also home to one of the most iconic holes in golf – the par-3 home No.17 called "Island Green."
The U.S. Masters – Augusta National Golf Course – April 8-11
It is kind of crazy that only five months after Justin Johnson set course records on route to his first US Masters wins that the PGA is returning to Augusta. We also see at Sports Betting Sites Dustin Johnson is the favourite to repeat in 2021. Augusta is a bucket list course for any golf course and a beautiful course - in April and November. While the city does not offer as much excitement as other places on this list, for the golf purist, it is a worthwhile trip to make if you can get tickets.
The U.S. Open Championship – Torrey Pines Golf Course – June 17-20
The U.S. Open Championships returns to Torrey Pines – the second the course has hosted the Major. The course, named after the rare Torrey Pine, is notable for its ocean views and coastal cliffs. The course also played host to one of the most dramatic and entertaining Majors in golf history – the 2008 U.S. Open. Tiger Woods won the tournament in a sudden-death playoff over Rocco Mediate. This course is also one of the easier courses to get a tee time if you visit San Diego outside the week of a PGA event.
The Open Championship – Royal St. George's Golf Course – July 15-18
The last Major of the year is also the sixth major since the start of the 2020-21 PGA Tour season. As the oldest golf tournament in the world, it was sad to see the event cancelled in 2020. However, everything is looking up for 2021. The 2021 tournament takes place at the Royal St. George's Golf Course in Kent, England – the 14th time this course hosts the Open Championship. The course is situated on the English Channel, giving it beautiful ocean views. The course's fourth hole is famous for its monstrous bunker – considered the deepest of any at a championship golf course.
The 2020 Olympics – Kasumigaseki Country Club – July 29-August 1
While the name is still the 2020 Olympics, the Games – including golf – are scheduled to take place in July and August 2021. The PGA Tour takes a break this weekend, allowing golfers who qualify to participate in the games without missing out on any PGA Tour events. The event at Kasumigaseki Country Club – just over an hour's drive from central Tokyo – will host 60 golfers next summer and makes for an excellent addition to your itinerary if you are planning an Olympics adventure in 2021. This is also only the fourth Olympics to have golf, joining 1900, 1904, and the 2016 Summer Games. The fact this is only the second Olympics of our lifetimes to feature golf makes it worth including on this PGA list.
The TOUR Championship – East Lake Golf Club – September 2-5
The season's final tournament is the TOUR Championship at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. The course is a regular fixture of the FedEx playoffs. The course is also renowned for its history and community involvement – funding many projects through the East Lake Foundation. East Lake Golf Club is worth a visit for anyone wanting to watch a smaller event with only the best golfers from the last PGA season.
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