USPGA, or the United States Professional Golfers’ Association, is one of the major championships in professional golf. This was usually played in August before the Labor Day marks on the calendar, however beginning in 2019, the committee had changed it to May before the Memorial Day. For many golf players, winning the US PGA Championship is a stepping stone for their career because they will be automatically playing on the other three major competitions, which are Masters Competition, US Open, and The Open Championship for five years.

The History of The United States Professional Golfers’ Association

USPGA started in 1894, where two unofficial national golf championships were held, specifically designed and organized for amateur players. This has created a lot of controversies between golf enthusiasts and organizers. Later on, they formed an organization called the United States Golf Association, which became the first formal and official golf association. In 1916, the Professional Golf Association was formed in New York City, where many professional golfers have attended.

The Format and Location of USPGA

The USPGA Championship is always held in different parts of the US, but usually in California, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. After World War II, the organization decided to hold it either in May or June, then, later on, moved to July. Starting in 1958, USPGA decided to make the standard 72-hold format of 18 holes per day. The contenders will be playing for four days.

The Qualification Used in USPGA

High-profiled golf players are joining in this competition, but sometimes it was joined by wealthy amateur players. Good thing, then the qualification is now becoming strict, that it doesn’t explicitly just accepts entry even if the player is included in the Top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking. Therefore, the player has to champions in the US Open, Masters, Open Championships, and The Players Championships.

The Tale of the Wanamaker Trophy

This trophy is a prominent trophy for USPGA that stands nearly 2.5 feet tall. Unfortunately, this trophy got lost for a few years until it was sighted in the cellar of LA Young and Company. The owner of the company named Walter Hagen said that they have a smaller replica where the next champion can keep the trophy permanently.