Golf’s four major champions are playing in the same event for the first time this year, with no money or world ranking points at stake and no television coverage of their performance.
The Pro-member tournament is being held today at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, where British Open champion Phil Mickelson is competing with playing partner and club president Jimmy Dunne, the co-founder of New York-based investment bank Sandler O’Neill & Partners LP.
Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Jason Dufner, who won the Masters Tournament, U.S. Open and PGA Championship respectively in 2013, are also in the field. No U.S. PGA Tour event this year has included more than two of the four. The four major championship trophies, including Scott’s green jacket, were adjacent to the first tee at Seminole, a private club that’s ranked as the No. 13 course in the U.S. by Golf Digest.
“To have the best players in the world on the property is a real thrill for all of us, the staff and members alike,” Seminole head professional Bob Ford said in a televised interview with the Golf Channel. “There’s no fanfare, no gifts given out and only prizes for the two winners. Players love the ambiance of it.”
The event is played during the break between the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in Miami.
Arnold Palmer, a seven-time major winner is playing at age 84, as are PGA Tour players such as Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Lee Westwood. Rickie Fowler has partnered with Seminole member Buddy Marucci, who lost to Tiger Woods in the final of the 1995 U.S. Amateur, to win the pro-member title the past three years.
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