10 Best Non-Major Golf Tournaments on the PGA Tour
The Top 10 Golf Tournaments on the PGA Tour, Excluding Majors
When it comes to popular golf tournaments, everyone knows the “Big 4”, or the major championships: The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and the PGA Championship. Those are not the only big tournaments on the schedule, and many would argue that there are some events out there that are even better than the majors.
One of the great things about the PGA Tour schedule is the fact that it incorporates different formats and not everyone plays every week. This gives different golfers the opportunity to allow their skills to shine and take over some of the spotlight for a time.
Some events take place overseas. Some events are match play, where players compete head to head instead of “playing against the course” and there are even team events sprinkled into the schedule.
We are going to take a look at the 10 best non-major golf tournaments on the PGA Tour. I’m excluding the major championships because, while they might not be the top four, I would have included all of them at some point on this list. Some events are listed on here because of the atmosphere that they create while some are listed because of the fields that they draw (both professional and amateur). Others are simply timely classics that provide an all-around incredible experience for the patrons, participants and television viewers.
Any "best of" is clearly subjective, and I’m sure many will disagree with my choices. If you have other ideas regarding a tournament that should be listed here, feel free to comment.
#10 WGC-Cadillac Championship
The best players in the world are all together in a stroke-play event for the first time all year. The golf season might officially start at Kapalua, but this when things really start to heat up.
#9 Hyundai Tournament of Champions
It would be impossible to leave the tournament that officially starts the season off of this list.
#8 Barclays Championship
The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs begins the separation between pretenders and contenders.
#7 Arnold Palmer Invitational
Everyone looks forward to this event and every year. One of the best atmosphere’s in all of golf.
#6 Wells Fargo Championship
Less than 10 years old, this is one of the most important regular events on the schedule. Quail Hollow is an absolutely incredible golf course.
#5 TOUR Championship
The FedEx Cup playoffs culminate in this field that hosts the best players throughout the year competing for $10 million. No pressure.
#4 Accenture Match Play World Championship
I’m a huge fan of match play, and it doesn’t get much better than this tournament. This format always creates drama.
#3 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
This course is a huge part of what makes this tournament. Bill Murray and his antics during the pro-am are a close second.
#2 The PLAYERS Championship
Widely regarded as the “Fifth Major” of the year, this one snuck onto the list since it’s not an official major. Mega-tournament pressure and the finishing holes at TPC Sawgrass combine for a great tournament.
#1 Ryder Cup
A tournament that combines the head-to-head excitement of match play with an international competition comprised of the best golfers in the world means this is a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. Just look at the intensity of the fans and that will tell you all you need to know.