This week's PGA Championship is the first -- and only -- major of the 2019-20 PGA TOUR season. It's a money grab, and golf fans shouldn't fall for it. This is an event worthy of celebration…but that doesn’t make it a major championship. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. Some people even used to say that The Players Championship should replace the PGA Championship as a major (although that kind of talk is much harder to find these days). The best field playing for the most money equals major championship. Top 50 Classic Courses in Great Britain & Ireland, Top 35 Modern Courses in Great Britain & Ireland, Forward Press podcast: Will Rickie Fowler win a major, The Match III preview and more, Phil Mickelson donates $500k to Jackson State, possibly more to come, Rashad Milligan, Mississippi Clarion Ledger, Golfweek Senior TOC will decide final standings in several age brackets, Three LOCALiQ Series players, including Bryson Nimmer, earn PGA Tour starts, Instruction with Steve Scott: Club position, USGA reveals 16 players invited to Walker Cup practice session at Bay Hill, Player diary: Sierra Brooks learned on the fly, and on camera, in last week's LPGA start, Peyton Manning playing for three HBCUs at The Match: Champions for Change, First Tee alumni Elsa and Sara Diaz come 'full circle' with connected careers in golf, Golfweek's Best Courses 2020: Rhode Island, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. And there have indeed been a number of TPC Sawgrass moments that stand out in golf’s collective memory, with Better Than Most and Be the Right Club Today being the two most salient examples. 1 in the world - skipped the Players. News. This year's event has seen another big hike in the prize fund from $12.5m to $15m, the largest purse in golf and more than any money available at the current four majors as it stands, while the winner will receive $2.7m, up from $2.25m. In reality, nothing has changed vis-à-vis the Players. • Not every tournament can be called a major. The tournament awards the same number of FedEx Cup points as a major and counts the same as the Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open, and Open Championship when it comes to Hall of Fame consideration. • Adding a fifth major throws out of whack all the historical stats, such as major championships won, and changes how players of today and yesterday are judged. Nicklaus would suddenly have 21 major championship victories, while Woods would have 16. What every member of the PGA Tour agrees on is that The Players Championship is the most important tournament outside of the four majors. Welcome to Golfweek's European Union Experience. If Sarah Fuller plays for Vanderbilt on Saturday, it's believed that she would become be the first woman to log a snap in a Power 5 football game. That, of course is nothing to scoff at. Then there is the difficulty of TPC Sawgrass itself, the course that Pete Dye constructed in a Florida swamp to host the tournament for the first time in 1982. Golf has always had four majors, and even though the PGA Championship sometimes struggles with its own identity, it is the sport's fourth major, leaving no room for The Players. It's also the first of seven majors in the next 12 months, due to … The Hawks have focused on signing NBA veterans in order to build the roster to complement a young core featuring All-Star guard Trae Young. The world's top players head to TPC Sawgrass this week for the Players Championship, but should the tournament become golf's fifth major? The Players Championship was born in 1974 (Jack Nicklaus won the first one), when it was known as the Tournament Players Championship, around the time the PGA Tour was breaking away from the PGA of America. While the PGA Championship allocates 20 places for club professionals and the other three majors all have amateur invites in their fields, this week's event arguably boasts the strongest line-up of the year and only offers spots for Tour players. Guys like Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar — considered two of the best golfers to have never won a major — would have their careers drastically changed if they were awarded a major for their previous Players Championship-winning efforts. Those who believe The Players Championship deserves major championship status make the following points: • It should be considered a major simply because it is, by acclamation, that important as a tournament.