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The majors should be savoured – it’s all a bit too crammed

It’s blink and you’ll miss it now for the men’s majors. With the 2024 big four set to end before it’s really even begun, we plead for a pause and a bit of patience

 

Wow, the men’s majors come thick and fast now. 

The green jacket feels like it’s barely been slipped on Scottie Scheffler’s shoulders, and we’ve swept through the PGA Championship at Valhalla, only to see the US Open appearing like an Olympic sprinter in the last 20 metres.  

Before we know it, the Claret Jug will have been lifted at Royal Troon and it’ll be another eight months before we get to see major championship golf again. 

I think you know where I’m going with this. I don’t like it. Having the majors following on through four hectic months from April through to July may look like a scheduler’s dream on paper. 

But it all feels a bit crammed. Rushed. I want to savour a major, drink in the success, and cogitate over what’s coming next – not immediately pack the bags and move right on to the next one.

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For all the PGA Championship’s faults, ‘Glory’s Last Shot’ was a brand. Now it feels like the Wanamaker Trophy’s a stop-gap – a quick diversion on the way back to the mainline. It has lost some of its identity. 

We’ve spent too much time trying to dramatise the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs, desperate to avoid a shootout with the NFL, when an early September major – perhaps, God forbid, somewhere other than the United States – could electrify the late summer calendar. 

Instead, it’s blink and you’ll miss it. And given the damaging schism between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf is still yet to have been healed at the time of writing (we live in hope, don’t we?), the majors are now the only time we genuinely get to see the best players in the world come together. 

So whose idea was it to say, ‘let’s get that done and dusted in 15 short weeks’? 

Forget the PGA Tour. Forget LIV Golf. Forget the DP World Tour. Start with the majors and build the year around those. They’re the big four for a reason. 

Because, right now, it’s all over far too quick. And I’m not just left wanting more. I’m left terribly frustrated it’s gone too soon. 

Now have your say

What do you think of this major golf schedule? Do the men’s majors need to be more spaced out? Would the calendar benefit from another outside the United States? Let me know your views by leaving a comment on X.

Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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