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Professional golf is all about The Majors. The greats of the game like Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are compared by the number of Major Championship victories they have captured. But don't be fooled into thinking that the Majors are just the preserve of golfing legends though as Major Championship golf throws up more than its fair share of shock results. For every Phil Mickelson there's always a Michael Campbell, Todd Hamilton or Lucas Glover. As ever 2017 will see 4 Majors played across the United States (3) and the United Kingdom. Golf Betting System covers every Major, World Golf Championship, PGA Tour and European Tour tournament with expert analysis from Paul Williams and Steve Bamford - here's a brief overview of what to expect in 2017:
U.S. Masters Tips 2017
The US Masters, or the Masters Tournament to coin its official title, is always the first Major Championship of the golfing year. The 2017 US Masters is the 81st edition of the tournament, taking place between Thursday 6th April - Sunday 9th April 2017, when the elite of world golf make their annual pilgrimage to Augusta, Georgia. The Masters is always played at Augusta National Golf Club and the manicured beauty of the course, in tandem with the history that goes with it, puts winning this title on a level with the Open Championship.
Since 1949, Masters tradition dictates that every winner receives the obligatory Green Jacket, presented by the previous year's champion, inside the Butler Cabin soon after the end of the tournament with the presentation then being repeated on the 18th green in front of the patrons. Jack Nicklaus has won the Green Jacket more times than any other player with 6 wins, the last featuring his famous back 9 'charge' in 1986.
Augusta National is a 7,435 yard Par 72 which features extremely contoured fairways and greens. The bentgrass greens are traditionally some of the fastest putting surfaces of the year. Recent champions include Danny Willett, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson. Steve will be previewing this year's event here in the run-up to the tournament and his US Masters tips will be published here on Tuesday 4th April 2017.
U.S. Open Tips 2017
The U.S. Open is traditionally the toughest of the 4 Major Championships. Organised by the United States Golf Association (USGA), the Championship moves location from year-to-year following a championship rotation, but USGA Executive Director Mike Davis' remit is always to 'protect par'. For 2017 the 117th U.S. Open takes place between Thursday 15th June - Sunday 18th June and will be hosted at Erin Hills, Wisconsin. The Bob Lang design is an inland links course that makes its US Open debut having previously hosted the 2011 US Amateur Championship.
A field of 156 players will all be attempting to follow in the footsteps of recent champions Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011), Webb Simpson (2012), Justin Rose (2013), Martin Kaymer (2014), Jordan Spieth (2015) and last year's winner Dustin Johnson. With the exception of Kaymer - and Spieth who'd secured his first Major at Augusta a matter of weeks before - all were first time Major Champions and all are sure to feature high up in the 2017 betting market due to their shared characteristic of being consistent performers from tee to green. Steve will also be previewing this year's event here and his 2017 US Open Tips will be published here on Tuesday 13th June 2017.
Danny Willett, 2016 Masters; Dustin Johnson, 2016 US Open; Henrik Stenson, 2016 Open Championship; Jimmy Walker, 2016 US PGA Championship.
Open Championship Tips 2017
The Open Championship is the original Major Championship. Now in its 146th year, The Open or the British Open as it's known in the United States, is the oldest of the Majors, established in 1860. Organised by the Royal & Ancient (R&A), it's the only Major Championship to be played outside of the United States, although there have been announcements from Ted Bishop, the President of the PGA of America, that they are seriously looking at taking the PGA Championship to international venues in the future. This year's Open Championship is being hosted at Royal Birkdale from Thursday July 20th - Sunday 23rd July 2017.
Last year's tussle between Phil Mickelson and eventual champion Henrik Stenson will surely go down as one the greatest ever battles in professional golf with both trading birdies on an incredible final day. The Swede is likely to be a popular bet to defend his title although it won't be easy with the likes of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy headlining a very international field of players as qualifying across Australia (Tour of Australasia), Asia (Japan and Asian Tour), Africa (Sunshine Tour), European and PGA Tours in tandem with automatic qualification for the associated Order of Merit winners plus the Top 30 in the European Tour's Race to Dubai makes for a truly international feel. Paul Williams will be previewing this year's event here and his 2017 Open Championship tips will be published here on Tuesday 18th July 2017.
U.S. PGA Championship Tips 2017
The fourth and final Major of 2017, the U.S. PGA Championship, features the biggest winner's purse. The Wanamaker Trophy is not in the least understated, nor is the tournament's prize fund which for 2017 has been maintained at $10 million making the 2017 PGA Championship the richest tournament of the season alongside the Players Championship. Back to its more regular slot in the calendar following last season's schedule changes to accommodate the Olympic Games, the PGA Championship is venturing to Quail Hollow in 2017 for the first time in its history with the venue also due to host the Presidents Cup in 2021.
Recent PGA winners include Padraig Harrington, Y.E. Yang, Martin Kaymer, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and defending champion Jimmy Walker. That's 8 winners from 6 different nations, highlighting the truly international nature of the final Major Championship known as "Glory's Last Shot". Steve Bamford will write his customary pre-event preview that your can read here; he will also be previewing this year's event and his 2017 US PGA Championship tips will be published here on Tuesday 8th August 2017 .