The PGA is the professional golfing world's premier organization and hosts the events that make up the PGA Tour, as well as several other tournaments throughout the year including the Nationwide Tour, which is for up-and-coming golfers, the Champion's Tour, which is intended for professional golfers age fifty and up and the LPGA, which is a professional golfing tour with women players only.
The PGA Tour has had four majors, three of them taking place between June and August, including The Master's Tournament, The U.S. Open, The Open Championship (also known as the British Open) and The PGA Championship, but this year due to complaints that the end of the season was unexciting, due to so many of the top players having already competed their tournaments, the PGA created a new format called the FedEx cup which allows the top players throughout the season to compete at the end, rather than in the middle of the season.
The first event on the PGA tour this year was the Mercedes-Benz Championship, which was played the first weekend in January in Lahaina, Hawaii. This year's winner was Geoff Ogilvy who took home a grand prize of $1,120,000. Following that event was the Sony Open on January 18th, which also took place in Hawaii. Zach Johnson took the title in this tournament, which is the first full field event and one of the FedEx Cup events on the tour.
The end of January the PGA Golfers played the Bob Hope Classic, which was a celebrity pro-am played in California. This is another tourney for the FedCup Final and in this year's winner was Pat Perez, who took home nearly a million dollars in prize money.
The first event in February was held at the TPC in Scottsdale, Arizona. The tourney was known as the Pheonix Open or the Arizona Open until 2003, when the investment bank Friedman Billings Ramsey began sponsoring. The tournament was won this year by Kenny Perry of the United States, who took more than a million dollars home as the first prize. The next February event was held seven days later, on February 8th and is called the Buick Invitational. Played in California, the tournament offers a total purse of nearly 5 and ½ million dollars and Nick Watney took home the title this year, taking it from Tiger Woods, who had won it the last four years in a row.
February 15th was the next date on the PGA Tour in Pebble Beach, California. The tournament was hosted at its inception by Bing Crosby in 1937, and this year Dustin Johnson took home the title. Another February event was the Northern Trust Open, which had a huge purse of over 6 million dollars, and was won by Phil Mickelson on February 22nd.
The first March tournament on the PGA Tour was the Accenture Match Play Championship held on March 1st. This tourney was won by Geoff Ogilvy, with Paul Casey coming in second and was a World Golf Championship tournament. Held on the same day was the Mayakoba Golf Classic played in Mexico and won by American MarkWilson. The Honda Classic was played on March 8th, and offered players a purse of 5.6 million. South Korean Yang Yong-eun was the eventual winner taking home his share of just over a million dollars.
Another tournament that is part of the World Golf Championship is the CA Championship held on March 15th. It was held at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami and while Geoff Ogilvy was the 2008 winner, Phil Mickelson took home the 2009 title. On the same day in Puerto Rico was the Puerto Rico Open, which ended with American Michael Bradley as the winner.
The Transitions Championship was held in Florida on March 22nd The 2009 Champion was South African Golfer Retief Goosen who took home his share of the 5.4 million dollar purse. After that, Tiger Woods claimed another title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida. On April 5th Britain's Paul Casey won the next event on the PGA Tour, entitled the Shell Houston Open, which was held in Texas.
The first major followed the Shell Houston Open and was played on April 12th in Georgia. The Masters was the name of the tournament and had a massive 7.5 million dollar purse. It was won by Argentinian Angel Cabrera. The Masters was held at The Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
The next April tournament took place on the 19th and is one of the FedEx Cup events. The tournament was won by Brian Gay, who took home a cool million. Following that was the last event in April, The Zurich Classic of New Orleans. This PGA Tournament stop is played annually in New Orleans, Louisiana and American Jerry Kelly took home the 2009 title.
In May, the PGA Tour moved on to its next tournament which was the Quail Hollow Championship. It was won by Sean O'Hair on May 3rd. This was the first year with the name of Quail Hollow, previously being called The Wachovia Championship. At the time of this writing this was the most recent tournament on the PGA Tour. The next will take place on May 10th, in Florida and is called The Player's Championship. This will be followed by three other tournaments this month including The Valero Texas Open, the HP Byron Nelson Championship and the Crowne Plaza Invitational. The next major is the U.S. Open which is scheduled to take place on June 21st.
If you want to see all of the stops on the PGA Tour then just simply click on the links on this page to get your membership and you can watch the tournaments live. There are still twenty-eight tournaments to go, including the three majors – The U.S. Open, The British Open, and The PGA Championship. The last event of the season is scheduled to take place on November 15th.
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