The Majors

Sun Guide 2005

March 04, 2005|BY DON MARKUS | BY DON MARKUS,SUN STAFF

PGA Tour

The Masters

Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga., April 7-10

Phil Mickelson won his first major there last year, but the big story going in likely will be the recent dominance of former champion Vijay Singh and the Grand Slam slump of Tiger Woods.

U.S. Open

Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, Pinehurst, N.C., June 16-19

The memory of the late Payne Stewart will be revived when the Open revisits the famed No. 2 course for the first time since the man in the plus-fours won his last tournament in 1999, beating Mickelson in a back-nine shootout.

British Open

The Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, July 14-17

The game's ancestral roots can be found in this quaint town. Woods won by eight strokes there in 2000 in the midst of his Tiger Slam of four straight majors. The course, especially the bunkers, has been toughened.

PGA Championship

Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J., Aug. 11-14

This venerable course might not be as revered as Winged Foot or Shinnecock Hills, but it has played host seven times to the U.S. Open, most recently in 1993 when Lee Janzen won by a couple of strokes.

LPGA Tour

Kraft Nabisco Championship

Mission Hills, Rancho Mirage, Calif., March 24-27

The season's first major has long been a showcase for the precocious talent in women's golf, and last year was no exception with 25-year-old Grace Park winning her first major at Mission Hills.

LPGA Championship

Bulle Rock, Havre de Grace, June 9-12

Annika Sorenstam will be the defending champion, but many eyes will be on Michelle Wie, the 15-year old phenom from Hawaii who was recently given a sponsor's exemption to play.

U.S. Women's Open

Cherry Hills CC, Cherry Hills Village, Colo., June 23-26

Cherry Hills has hosted some memorable Opens on the men's side, but this marks the first time the women have played their national championship there. Defending champion Meg Mallon won last year at age 41.

British Open

Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Merceyside, England, July 28-31

This marks the fourth time that this tournament is a designated major for the LPGA, and Sorenstam will be going for her second win in the past three years. Royal Birkdale could be the toughest course used for the event since Turnberry in 2002.

Other tournaments in the area

NCAA Division I men's championships

Owings Mills, June 1-4

The country's top male collegiate players will be coming to Caves Valley, which has hosted a Senior Open and a Mid-Amateur.

Booz Allen Classic

Potomac, June 9-12

While the TPC at Avenel is being refurbished, the former Kemper Open goes back to nearby Congressional for one year. It is played the week before the U.S. Open, and the field is expected to be glittered with all the top players, maybe even Tiger Woods.

Constellation Energy Classic

Hunt Valley, Sept. 16-18

This marks the fourth straight year the Champions Tour has come to Hayfields, and the course has gained the reputation of being one of the most challenging among the 50-and-over set.

The Presidents Cup

Lake Manassas, Va., Sept. 19-25

The matchup between the United States and a team of non-Europeans such as Ernie Els, Vijay Singh and Mike Weir will certainly be a formidable challenge.

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