I’ve heard this question asked and kicked around many times, and the usual answer is; no, there won’t ever be a 5th major added to the PGA Tour. Reasons for this answer vary, but the popular answer seems to be that golf is based on history and tradition, and you can’t just create a tournament in this era, declare it a Major, and gain instant acceptance from players and fans alike. While I do agree with this rationale, it doesn’t defend the answer of “no” to the question, Will there be a 5th major? The Open, Masters, U.S. Open, and PGA Championship tournaments were not all created in the same PGA season. Each of these majors had their turn at being the “new major on the block”. Was the Masters an instant hit the first year it was played…hard to say, but one thing is for certain, tradition and history is not an instant trait. You can’t create a golf tournament, call it a Major, and have it accepted immediately. However, like everything in life, change happens. Just because there’s been 4 Majors as long as most of us can remember, doesn’t mean that our grandchildren won’t be asking if there will ever be a 6th Major Championship. I know that one day, a tournament will come along that the players respect and enjoy just a little more than all the other regular tour stops. A tournament that’s played at a spectacular venue, with all of the top pro’s trying to earn a spot on the leaderboard….and a tournament that they would all play, even if there wasn’t a dime to be won. This tournament will spawn into what future generations of golfers know as the 5th Major. Will it be the FedEx Cup? Probably not, and I probably won’t see this new Major in my lifetime, but I’d be willing to put money on the fact that one day it will happen. But hey, I’ve been wrong before.
September 20th, 2007 | Article by tour golf