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2018 Major Championships: What you need to know

By Oliver Mauk

The calendar is getting ready to turn from March to April, and for golf that means Major Championships season is upon us. Here is what you need to know about this years biggest tournaments. 

The Masters: April 5-8, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia

The one major that takes place on the same course every year, the green jacket is perhaps the most coveted prize in all of golf. The biggest draw this year will be the return of Tiger Woods. He's the favorite to win thanks to the Vegas odds makers, even though he hasn't won a major since the 2008 US Open. Jordan Spieth, Rory Mcilroy, and Dustin Johnson are the other big names with a huge chance to win at Augusta. 

Projected winning score: -14 

The scores have fluctiated here throughout the years, but if the weather is nice you can expect a few guys to go pretty low. 

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US Open: June 14-17, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, New York

The obvious story here, as has been the past few years at the US Open, is Phil Mickelson gunning for the career grand slam. He has finished runner-up in the tournament a whopping six times! Will it ever happen? Time is certainly slipping away from him, and this famous course in the Hamptons could be one of his last chances. 

Projected wining score: -8

I know a US Open is supposed to be low scoring, but honestly its really up to the conditions. With the way guys on tour are playing these days, unless the weather is absolutely brutal, we can expect a couple gunners to come out with great scores. 

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Open Championship: July 19-22, Carnoustie Golf Links, Carnoustie, Scotland

Back to the site where Sergio Garcia lost in a playoff many years ago, this story would have been a lot more compelling had he not won The Masters last year. That being said, this is as good a chance as any for Garcia to add a second major championship to his resume. 

Projected winning score: -15

Carnoustie will likely play as the easiest major championship course this year. Many players will struggle, but good links players will make birdies left and right. 

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PGA Championship: August 9-12, Bellerive Country Club, Town and Country, Missouri

Jordan Spieth will attempt to finish the career grand slam at the ripe age of 25. This could potentially be a yearly story (much like Phil and the US Open) until he can get it done. Getting this monkey off his back could provide a huge boost to the young man's career. 

Projected winning score: -13

Every major previously played here has had high scores, but Camillo Villegas won the 2008 BMW Championship at Bellerive with a score of -15. The course will be tougher, but not enough to change that number significantly. 

 

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Topics: Masters US Open British Open PGA Championship