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Golf Tournaments

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This index page links you to information about golf tournaments from around About.com, including our explanations of how to play popular charity/corporate/league formats, along with the schedules from the world's professional golf tours. You'll also find below links to our profiles of professional golf tournaments, including those on the PGA Tour plus major championships. Scroll the items listed below to find more.

Golf Tournament Formats

This page indexes our collection of definitions of various tournament formats and also golf betting games. Do you know your Bingo Bango Bongo from your 4-Man Cha Cha Cha, your Texas Scramble from your Arizona Shuffle, your Bowmaker from your Shamble? These are the formats that local golf associations play and that recreational golfers encounter in league play, charity tournaments and other golf outings.

Some of the most popular include:

Scramble | Best Ball | Fourball | Bingo Bango Bongo | Shamble
Texas Scramble | Foursomes | Greensomes | Skins Game | Chapman System

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PGA Tour Tournament Profiles

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Here you'll find "tournament profile" pages for PGA Tour events. Each profile spotlights a golf tournament on the PGA Tour and includes tournament dates and location, the list of past winners, tourney scoring records, plus trivia and other notes about the event. (Note: If you are interested in the weekly schedule of play on tour, see the Pro Golf Schedules listing below.)

Some of the most popular pages include:

BMW Championship | Tour Championship | Arnold Palmer Invitational
Humana Challenge | The Players Championship | Canadian Open
The Memorial | AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

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European Tour Tournament Profiles

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And listed here are our profiles of golf tournaments on the European Tour. (Note: If you are interested in the weekly schedule of play on tour, see the Pro Golf Schedules listing below.)

Some of the most popular pages include:

Scandinavian Masters | BMW International Open | Scottish Open
European Masters | French Open | European PGA Championship

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Pro Golf Schedules

What golf tournaments are coming up on the world's major (and a few minor) golf tours? This page takes you to the week-by-week schedules of more than a dozen tours, including the PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour.

Golf Majors

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The major championships are landmarks during the season on both the PGA and LPGA tours. Find info about each major championship tournament in men's and women's golf, plus lists of golfers with the most wins in majors.

Those majors include:

The Masters | U.S. Open | British Open | PGA Championship

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World Golf Championships

The World Golf Championships, or WGC, is a small set of big golf tournaments played over the course of a calendar year, and cosanctioned by the major men's golf tours. Here you can read more about the WGC series, and also check the profile pages of the tournaments that make up the WGC.

The most popular pages include:

Accenture Match Play Championship | Bridgestone Invitational

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Team Competitions (Cups)

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Some of the biggest golf tournaments in the world are team competitions - golf's Cups. These include:

Ryder Cup
Solheim Cup
Presidents Cup
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Professional Golf Tours

There are probably more pro golf tours around the world than most golfers realize - not just the top-tier tours such as the PGA Tour, European Tour, and LPGA Tour, but also developmental tours and mini-tours. And they all play golf tournaments. Lots and lots of golf tournaments.

What Is Monday Qualifying?

The terms "Monday qualifying" and "Monday qualifiers" are often tossed around when speaking about professional golf tours and how golfers gain entry into tour events. Here is a definition of the term and two examples of how Monday qualifying works.

What are Sponsor Exemptions?

Sponsor exemptions are ways for pro golfers (and sometimes amateur golfers) to gain entry into a pro tour event for which they have not otherwise met qualifying criteria. Read the definition of this term and a couple examples of how sponsor exemptions work.

What is an 'Opposite-Field' Tournament?

"Opposite-field tournament" is a phrase that golf fans might hear several times a year, usually around the time of certain majors or WGC tournaments. Here is an explanation of the term.

Golf Tournament Planning Tips

If you are with a company, association or organization that is considering hosting a golf tournament, you might have questions about what goes into such an effort. Here is a checklist of tips for planning a company/association/charity golf tournament.
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