Classic Swing Golf School – The Open

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And now, a tidbit from our Guest Blogger, Dan DeFreest: 

Many golf tournaments are called "Open", but exactly what does that mean? Basically, it means that the tournament is open anyone that has been invited to play, or has qualified by playing in a qualifying event.

There are four major professional golf tournaments, The Masters, The US Open, The British Open and The PGA Championship. But to golf purists…there is only one “Open”, the British Open is usually referred to as the “Open Championship”.  The British Open is the oldest major championship having been played since continuously, except for the war years during WWI and WWII, since its inception in 1860.

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The Open was usually played too close to the PGA Championship which restricted many well-known American golfers from competing in it, until Ben Hogan ventured there and won it during his historic 1953 season. In 1960 and 1961, Arnold Palmer won back-to-back Open championship and when the PGA was moved to August nearly 60 years ago, the Open became a must-compete tournament for American golfers.

During the modern era of golf, Austrian Peter Thompson and American Tom Watson share the distinction of the most victories with five each. Watson’s bid for a sixth championship at the age of 59 in 2009 fell short when he missed a 6 foot put to force a playoff with fellow American Stewart Cink who went on to win the playoff.

To play in the Open, one must meet one of the 32 criteria and if you’re just an average player you could qualify by traveling to Great Britain and competing in a regional qualifier. If you are thinking about that for next year, you may want to visit the teaching professionals at Classic Swing Golf School first.

They can explain the differences between the links style golf that is played in the Open vs. the traditional style of golf that is played her in the states and teach you the shots that you need to win.

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