Should the Major trophies be revamped?

2011-12-08 00:00

IT’S a pity that the world’s governing bodies of professional golf didn’t have the foresight to spread the Major trophies evenly around the world. Three of the golf majors are held in the United States and one in the United Kingdom. Tennis also has four majors but they are in Australia, England, France and the U.S. The Australian Open allows for a major tennis tournament to be played in the middle of the northern hemisphere winter. If it was possible to create a new calendar for golf majors, the (British) Open Championship would definitely be retained, the U.S. Open would also be an obvious choice, as well as the U.S. Masters in Augusta, Georgia. Now in order to maintain worldwide interest in the game during the winter months of the northern hemisphere, we could have a major in South Africa, if you didn’t know, the SA Open is the second oldest open championship, the Australian Open could be the final event.

So, the suggestion is: keep the Masters in April, the U.S. Open in June, The Open Championship in July, drop the U.S. PGA as a major, add the SA Open in November and finally the Australian Open in February. That’s five majors spread throughout the year and one could say these are fairly obvious but the final suggestion is one for the future with an eye on the growth of golf in the far East. An Asia Open with the host nation alternating between China, South Korea and Japan. China will, in time, have more golfers than the rest of the world put together, so perhaps it would be prudent to establish a major in that part of the world.

There you have it, six major golf trophies, one every two months or so and visiting the four corners of the Earth and nicely spread throughout the year.

LAST WEEKEND’S RESULTS

Results of the Old Mutual Monthly Mug at Victoria Country Club on Saturday.

A division:

1. K. Parsons net 68

2. K. Thomas net 70

B division:

1. J. Manning net 72

2. D. Alcock net 73

C division:

1. K. Will net 71

2. D. Johnson net 76

Results of the Bedstore Monthly Mug at Maritzburg Golf Club on Saturday.

A division:

1. A. Mackenzie net 67

2. D. Bottomley net 68

B division:

1. M. Buchanan net 68

2. C. Severn net 70

C division:

1. H. Schlebusch net 69

2. A. Ghareeb net 70

Seniors:

1. B. Daff net 66

2. N. Duchan net 75

FROM THE 19TH HOLE

A wife said: “Hi honey, I’m back from doing the shopping. Will you come and help me unpack?”

“Good grief,” said her husband, “what on Earth did you buy?” The wife replies, “Four cases of beer, two cases of brandy, two cases of rum, four boxes of wine, two cases of coke and two loaves of bread.”

“Are we having visitors?” asked the husband.

“No why?” asked the wife.

The husband replied: “Why did you buy so much bread?”

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