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View Poll Results: Which is the most important major?
The Masters 46 38.02%
US Open 35 28.93%
The Open 31 25.62%
USPGA 1 0.83%
All equal, a major's a major 5 4.13%
bastard 8 6.61%
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Old 04-24-2008, 04:50 AM   #1
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Which is the Most Important Major?

Before you vote - not which is the best to watch - but which is the biggest major on terms of prestige if you like?

It's come up a few times, it seems the general consensus is that the Masters is the biggee as far as viewing goes, some argue it's also the biggest major full stop. I would agree with the first, but not the second.

What's your opinion and why?
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Old 04-24-2008, 05:47 AM   #2
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Re: Which is the Most Important Major?

The Masters certainly has the greatest aura about it, the tradition of the green jacket and the fact that it's played at the same venue year-on-year makes it the no.1 IMO. The officials at Augusta certainly seem to work extra hard on maintaining an air of secrecy or mystery about the event. ie, limited field each year, not openly stating the prize money, not letting ppl play the course at other times of the year etc. For this reason I think it's the most important and probably the one the pro's want to win the most.

The Open follows a close second, particularly when it's played at St. Andrews. I've been a spectator at six of the last seven Open's and the sense of history and tradition when I first visited the Old Course in 2005 was something very special. Factor in the claret jug and the tradition of most of the Open courses being promoted as a 'real test of links golf' etc.

US Open would be third in my list, with the USPGA in fourth.
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Old 04-24-2008, 01:21 PM   #3
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Re: Which is the Most Important Major?

Based off of your criteria, I voted all the same because a major is a major, and long after a player's career is over they're going to say how many he won, not which ones they were and assign value accordingly. Jack's 18 wouldn't be less impressive or asterisked if the bulk of them were at the PGA. Not to mention it usually has the most competitive field of all of them, it just doesn't have the history of the others and has to go last.

Without yet seeing who voted for what, non-Americans are gonna vote British, and most Americans will be split between the US Open and the Masters. A better question would be "which of these do YOU prefer?" And then not even put the PGA on there because nobody would vote for it. Poor PGA...
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Old 04-24-2008, 01:24 PM   #4
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Re: Which is the Most Important Major?

I think the Masters has more mystique about it, but the US Open is clearly the hardest to win.
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Old 04-24-2008, 02:48 PM   #5
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Re: Which is the Most Important Major?

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I think the Masters has more mystique about it, but the US Open is clearly the hardest to win.
I would agree with tuq the PGA is arguably the toughest to win, why do you think the US?
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Old 04-24-2008, 02:57 PM   #6
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Re: Which is the Most Important Major?

Depends on what you mean by 'toughest'...US generally has the deepest field on the hardest course.
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Re: Which is the Most Important Major?

I think it's a tie between the The Masters, The Open, and The U.S. Open.

The PGA just doesn't have the same aura.
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:19 PM   #8
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Re: Which is the Most Important Major?

US Open

toughest field, toughest courses
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Old 04-25-2008, 02:01 AM   #9
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Re: Which is the Most Important Major?

The Open. Worth the most money.
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Old 04-25-2008, 04:11 AM   #10
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Re: Which is the Most Important Major?

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Depends on what you mean by 'toughest'...US generally has the deepest field on the hardest course.
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US Open

toughest field, toughest courses
Does it? I always thought that went to the PGA as for starters there are no amatuers?

As for courses, are the US Open courses really tougher, or just tricked up? Carnoustie was the toughest when it was accidentally tricked up when Lawrie won.

I'm not sure that toughest = most prestigious though?

If we get enough votes I would expect to see a split in favour of the Open from non-US and Masters/US Open form US based, just as tuq said earlier, it's just the way it is I suppose.
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Old 04-25-2008, 05:25 AM   #11
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Re: Which is the Most Important Major?

I'm american and voted for British Open. I don't even think it's close either.

It's an "open" field.
It's the oldest.

Well, can't think of much reason else, I just like it way more than the others so
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Old 04-25-2008, 06:06 AM   #12
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Re: Which is the Most Important Major?

i don't see how anyone could vote for the us open over the "real" open. but i could see how an argument could be made for the masters.
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Old 04-25-2008, 01:41 PM   #13
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I'm american and voted for British Open. I don't even think it's close either.

It's an "open" field.
It's the oldest.

Well, can't think of much reason else, I just like it way more than the others so
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Old 04-25-2008, 10:36 PM   #14
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Re: Which is the Most Important Major?

if i had to choose one to win, the pga would def be the last and any of the other 3 would make me immensely ecstatic
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Old 04-25-2008, 11:26 PM   #15
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The Open. Worth the most money.
After reading the thread, this is what tilted me to vote for The Open. Golfers vie for money. They try harder the more there is to win. Just like poker players. Hence, it is incidentally, the toughest to win.
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