Catch All the Action in Comfort and Style—On a Charter Bus
The 99th Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Championship is all set for August 10-13 at the Quail Hollow Club, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Last year’s winner, Jimmy Walker, will be there, even though he’s been battling Lyme disease for several months. Officials at Quail Hollow acknowledge that they have made many course changes in anticipation of the first PGA championship there, including the removal of about 1,000 trees (which, they say, will actually make the course a bit more challenging). Even when the city’s not hosting one of golf’s four major championships, though, Charlotte is a big city with a lot of activity. If you’re coming for the tournament, do yourself a favor—let us do the driving. With a charter bus from BusRental.com, you can spend the entire day in the gallery and not have to worry about battling traffic when it’s over.
A Storied History
Though the United States Golf Association (USGA) was formed in 1894, it took another 22 years before professional golfers formed the PGA, in February,1916. Eight months later, the fledgling organization sponsored the first PGA championship, at Siwanoy Country Club, in Bronxville, New York. Jim Barnes, who won the first tournament, earned $500 and a diamond-studded gold medal.
Until 1958, the PGA Championship was a match play event, where players earned points for winning holes. Since then, it has been a stroke play tournament. Jack Nicklaus holds the record for PGA championships with five (he also finished second four times!). In 1968, Julius Boros claimed the title at the age of 48, the oldest golfer to take home the PGA Championship. Gene Sarazen, at the tender age of 20, won the event in 1922. Jason Day set the record for lowest score in relation to par—20 under for the tournament—in 2015, and Rory McIlroy had the greatest margin of victory in stroke play, with an 8 stroke win in 2012.
Qualifying for the PGA Championship
The PGA Championship has a unique system for filling the 156 spaces available in the tournament. Interestingly, it’s the only major tournament that does not offer any slots to amateurs. An amateur may still play, but must meet other criteria to qualify. Here are the ways that professional golfers can become eligible to play in the PGA Championships:
- Any player who has previously won the PGA has an automatic berth. There are approximately 40 professionals who would qualify, but only about a third of them are expected to play.
- Any player who has won the U.S. Open in the last five years
- Any player who has won the Masters in the last five years
- Any player who has won the Open (commonly known as the British Open) in the last five years
- The current Senior PGA champion (Bernhard Langer)
- Any player who finished in the top 15 in last year’s PGA championships
- The 20 lowest scorers at the 2017 PGA Professional National Championship, a tournament open to club pros across the United States
- The top 70 leaders in money standings over the last year
- Members of the Ryder Cup teams who are ranked in the top 100 in the world
- Winners of any tournaments co-sponsored or approved by the PGA over the last year
- The Olympic Gold Medal Winner (Justin Rose, of Great Britain)
See the PGA Championships Like One of the Pros—With a Charter Bus Rental!!
You’re going to Charlotte for one reason—to enjoy professional golf at its finest. Don’t make your trip more difficult than it needs to be. Leave the driving to us and concentrate on having a great time! With a charter bus, you’ll get all these great benefits:
- Safety and security—There’s no other mode of ground transportation that’s as safe as a bus. Our professional drivers all go through rigorous training to handle any situation. In addition, because of the limited access to our coaches, you and your personal items will always be secure.
- Reliability and flexibility—We’ll pick you up and drop you off right where you want to be. You won’t ever have to worry about missing a single shot. We’ll get you there on time, no questions asked. And you won’t be herded along to meet someone else’s schedule—you tell us where you want to go and when you want to be there, and we’ll take care of the details.
- It’s the best bang for your travel buck—When you let us do the driving, you avoid all kinds of expenses, from fuel to parking. In addition, compared to other types of ground transportation, there’s no comparison—bus travel is hands down the most affordable. And, as an added bonus, you’ll be helping the planet, as you’ll put fewer vehicles on the road.
- You’ll have room to move—On a charter bus, you can stretch your legs, get up and walk down the aisles, and hang out with friends and family.
- We can accommodate any sized group—We have coaches to meet your specific needs.
A Charter Bus—Your Ticket to the PGA Championships
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