Open golf tournaments


Open golf tournaments

The descriptor "Open" is used in a number of sports, and especially in golf, to describe a tournament that is “open” (in theory to allcomers) rather than being closed (i.e. one that is restricted to a particular group). Thus an Amateur tournament (e.g. the U.S.Amateur Golf Championship) is not open because it is, by definition, closed to professional golfers. In golf the first precise usage of the adjective “Open” was in 1861 when the Prestwick Golf Club "opened" its Medal competition (launched the previous year for professionals only) to amateurs as well and ever since The Open Championship, as it was called, has been open to all. Any golfer can, in theory, play in The Open either by invitation or by various forms of qualification. In practice the event is a professional tournament in which a small number of the world’s leading amateurs also play (by invitation or qualification).

Over time the descriptor "Open" has been extended to include the premier national tournaments of many countries (starting with the U.S. Open in 1895) and also (mainly in the United States) to some other tournaments (e.g. the Buick Open).

Principal national "Opens"

PGA Tour

*United Kingdom The Open Championship
*United States U.S. Open
*Canada Canadian Open

PGA European Tour

*United Kingdom The Open Championship
*China Open
*Hong Kong Open
*South African Open
*Malaysian Open
*Indonesia Open
*Madeira Island Open
*Portuguese Open
*Asian Open
*Spanish Open
*Italian Open
*Irish Open
*Wales Open
*French Open
*European Open
*Scottish Open
*Dutch Open
*Russian Open

Others

*Australian Open
*Brunei Open
*Japan Open
*Korea Open
*New Zealand Open
*Pakistan Open
*Philippine Open
*Singapore Open
*South African Open


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