Each year, four Major Championships are held in men's Professional Golf and referred to simply as The Majors

These include; The Masters, the US Open, The Open and the PGA Championship.

Alongside the biennial Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team competitions, these Major Championships are Professional Golf's marquee events.

Elite golfers from all over the world participate, with reputations of the greatest players in golf history based largely on the number and variety of Major Championship victories they accumulate.

Three of the four Major Championships take place in the United States with the fourth, The Open, rotated through courses across the United Kingdom.

2017 Schedule

DATE TOURNAMENT DEFENDING CHAMPION2017 CHAMPION
April 7 - 10The Masters
Augusta National Golf Club, USA
Prizemoney: $10,000,000 USD
Danny Willet (ENG) Sergio Garcia (ESP)
June 15 - 18US Open
Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin 
Prizemoney: $12,000,000 USD
Dustin Johnson (USA)Brooks Koepka (USA)
July 20 - 23The Open
Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England
Prizemoney: £6,500,000 
Henrik Stenson (SWE) 
August 10 - 13PGA Championship
Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina 
Prizemoney: $10,500,000 USD
Jimmy Walker (USA)