This year Georgia host for 3 of top 6 golf events in the world

In the world of professional golf, there are four tournaments each year recognized as the "majors" -- the top tournaments of the year. Those four tournaments are The Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Tournament. If you want to look for the next two most prestigious tournaments of the year, they would arguably be The Players Championship and the PGA Tour Championship near the close of the year in which the prestigious FedEx Cup champion is crowned. Our great state of Georgia is permanent home of two of those six tournaments each year -- The Masters each April at the famed Augusta National Course and the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta in September. This week Georgia is home to another of the "majors" when the PGA Championship, which rotates to different courses each year, takes place at the Atlanta Athletic Club on the north side of Atlanta in Johns Creek.
It's quite a feather in our state's hat to have two of the top six professional golf tournaments in the world in Georgia every year, and it's even more a sign of what great courses our state has when we land one of the rotating "majors" like the PGA Tournament this year. (The U.S. Open also rotates to different U.S. courses each year.) Atlanta's Bobby Jones was one of the greatest golfers to ever play the sport, and Jones' legacy has been carried on at Augusta, at East Lake and at other courses in our state like the Atlanta Athletic Club. Georgia is the center of attention of the professional golf world again this week, like it was in early April when all eyes were on The Masters. And that attention will again focus on Georgia Sept. 22-25 when the top 30 players will vie for the FedEx Cup at East Lake. Golf is a grand revenue enhancer for almost all of our communities, and that's in part because of the grand role our state plays in being host for the greatest tournaments in the world.


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