Enjoy One of Professional Golf’s Premier Tournaments the Easy Way—On a Charter Bus
This is a golf tournament you don’t want to miss—it’s the historic 100th PGA Championship. The world’s best golfers will convene at Bellerive Country Club, in Town and Country, Missouri, on August 9 to see if Justin Thomas can defend his 2017 title. There’s more than $10 million in prize money, with the winner taking home a check for $1,890,000. Sponsors have confirmed that Thomas will be there to try to repeat as PGA champion, and that the field will include a number of former PGA champions, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Dufner, Phil Mickelson and crowd favorite John Daly.
If you have tickets to the PGA Championship, you want to give serious consideration to your travel plans. As one of the premier golfing events of the year, it’s going to draw huge crowds. You could take your own vehicle, but then you’ll have to keep your eyes on the map or your GPS, try to find parking, and battle traffic in and out. There’s a better way to go—on a charter bus from BusRental.com. Gather up a bunch of your golfing buddies and make it a trip that you’ll never forget. We’ll handle all the details while you enjoy the action.
The PGA Championship—A Century of Historic Golf
The first PGA Championship, held in October, 1916, at the Siwanoy Country Club, in Bronxville, New York, awarded the champion—Jim Barnes—a check for $500 and a diamond-studded gold medal. The idea for the tournament arose earlier that year, with the formation of the Professional Golfers Association of America in New York City. Before the inception of the PGA, there had been professional golf tournaments in the United States, but no governing body to sanction those events.
From 1916 until 1957, the event was set up as match play, which could’ve caused finalists to play as many as 200 holes of golf during the tournament. In 1958, organizers changed the format to stroke play, with the 72 hole structure now consistent across golf. Throughout its history, the PGA Championship has been held almost entirely in the eastern part of the country—just 10 championships have been held west of the Mississippi. New York has been the site of a dozen PGA Championships and Ohio and Pennsylvania have hosted the event a combined 20 times.
As an interesting historical note, the qualification criteria for the PGA Championship are a carryover from the early 20th century. When the PGA Championship was conceived, the sport of golf was mostly controlled in the United States by wealthy amateurs. At the time, professional golfers (golfers who played for money) were generally not allowed to play the more prestigious tournaments—those were open only to amateurs. One of the stated purposes of the PGA Championship was to provide a high-profile tournament accessible to professional golfers. Accordingly, the tournament is the only golf major that does not invite amateurs to play.
The total field for the PGA Championships is 156 players. There are specific criteria for eligibility to compete:
- All former winners of the tournament
- Winners of any of the last five majors (the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open
- Winners of the last three Players Championships
- The defending Senior PGA champion
- Any player who finished with one of the 15 lowest scores in the previous PGA Championship
- Those players who were among the 20 lowest scorers at the most recent PGA Professional National Championship
- The top 70 players in the PGA Tour official money standings, as of two weeks before the tournament begins
A player will qualify if he was a member of the Ryder Cup team and was ranked within the top 100 in the world as of a week before the commencement of the tournament. The PGA also reserves the right to invite any players not covered by the above criteria.
Legend Jack Nicklaus holds the record for most PGA Championships with five—Nicklaus also finished second four times. Walter Hagen matched Nicklaus with five titles, but his were all during the period when the tournament was run on a match play format.
Memorable Moments at the PGA Championships
There have been many historic moments at the PGA Championship—after all, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus have been in the tournament together 22 times. But the history has been spread around:
- 2003—Irishman Shaun Micheel wins his only major (and only professional tournament) with a 7-iron that nearly falls in the cup on the last hole. Micheel had a two shot lead when he teed off at the 17th, but bogeyed, creating an opening for his playing partner Chad Campbell. Micheel closed that opening with a second short that stopped inches from the cup, tapping in the gimme for a birdie and the title.
- 2014—Another Irishman—Rory McIlroy mis-hits a 3-wood on his second shot on the par-5 10th hole on the last day. He capitalized on the unexpected eagle opportunity and found new life, going on to win his second PGA Championship.
- 1980—The Golden Bear Awakens—At the age of 40, Jack Nicklaus had seemingly seen his best years on the links. When the 1980 season began, there were few who considered him a threat in any of the majors, as he’d struggled through the 1979 campaign. But Nicklaus proved the naysayers wrong with a victory at the U.S. Open and added the exclamation point with the title at the PGA Championship.
The Right Coach for Your Group
On the golf course, it’s essential to have the right club for any lie—it’s the same with charter bus travel. At BusRental.com, our access to an unparalleled number of charter bus service providers allows us to match you with the ideal vehicle for your trip. If you’re headed to the PGA Championship with a few of your closest friends, an Executive Sprinter Van will fit the bill, with room to seat 15 comfortably, and plenty of space for luggage and other personal items. For mid-sized groups, consider a mini-van, with accommodations for 24 to 35 passengers. Large groups are fine, too. Our largest coaches seat up to 57 comfortably and multiple rentals are always an option.
Charter Bus—The Way the Real Pros Travel
If you’re heading out anywhere with a group, there’s no better way than on a charter bus from BusRental.com:
- There’s no safer way to travel—Our drivers have regular and extensive training, so that they can respond swiftly and appropriately to any type of situation. In addition, because there’s limited access to your charter bus, you won’t have concerns about uninvited guests, and you and your belongings will be secure.
- You get the trip you want—With a charter bus, you won’t have to choose from a limited number of pre-packaged trips. You decide where you want to go, when you want to be there, how long you want to stay and when you want to return, and we’ll handle all the details. Because we have access to so many charter bus service providers, last minute changes are typically not a problem, and you can often book an entire trip with little notice.
- Delays and cancellations are virtually unheard of—Our buses are meticulously maintained, so that there’s little risk of mechanical breakdown.
- Your travel is hassle free—There’s no other way to travel that’s easier. There’s no TSA line as you board your charter bus, so you won’t have to take your shoes off, be subjected to x-ray screening or have to leave your favorite toiletries behind. You’ll be on the same coach throughout your trip, so you won’t have worry about missing a connection. In addition, because your luggage is with you at all times, there’s no such thing as lost bags. There’s also no “bus mode,” so you won’t have to disconnect from the world when you get on a charter bus. In fact, there’s Wifi on most of our buses, as well as charging stations and ports for your iPod or iPad. You can have your devices on at all times, and you’ll never have an attendant telling you to get off your phone.
- There’s room to breathe—There’s more room between the rows on a charter bus than on any other mode of travel. The seats are plush and comfortable, too. There’s plenty of room to move about the aisles, and you can do that at any time.
- Charter bus travel is cost-effective—There’s no more affordable way to get to and from the PGA Championships. With the money you save, you can bring home some cool merch.
- Charter buses are good for the planet—When you put a group of people together in any sized charter coach, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint.
Book Your Trip to the PGA Championships with BusRental.com Today
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