Originally Posted by VOX
While I agree that there are probably many US players who would be just as happy winning the Masters or US Open as The Open, I doubt that anyone anywhere would be as happy winning the PGA.
Originally Posted by zipazoid
Why? It's a major. Equal footing as the other three.
In fact, I can make the case that it has the toughest field. All professionals. No winners from 40 years ago (Masters) or Amateur Sectional Qualifiers (US & British Opens).
Another way of saying what I think VOX meant is that the PGA is just a teensy bit less prestigious to them. Don't get me wrong, it a MAJOR, so it's an enormous deal, but solely in relation to the other 3 ... it's certainly the "least" of the best in, I'm guessing, most everybody's eyes. I know I've heard a million different people argue for the Masters, and either Open, as their ultimate favorite, but I don't know that I've ever heard anybody say that the PGA was their favorite.
Of course, if you just consider trophy size, then it has to be the best one!
Originally Posted by geauxforbroke
I think the PGA probably carries the least weight to casual golfers. But to professionals, I think it means a lot.
Those are not mutually exclusive statements. I could say that "the PGA probably carries the least weight to professionals, but to casual golfers, I think it means a lot" and BOTH of them could be true. In fact, I think both of them are true. In general, I think that it carries the least weight of all 4 majors, but of course, it's still a major so its a huuuuuge deal.
(Of course, with the caveat that there are a some professionals out there who discount the British Open simply because they can't play it)