5 top upcoming golf tournaments for 2013

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The following is a guest article by Simon Hayes.


The Masters reached a dramatic conclusion earlier this year with Adam Scott claiming the fabled green jacket after a play-off. But fear not; there are still plenty of amazing tournaments out there for you to sink your teeth into.

Check out our list of future venues and dates of top golf tournaments to keep your eye out for in 2013.

U.S. Open, Ardmore, 10-16 June

We start with one of the four majors, and with the Masters now out of the way, the U.S Open is undoubtedly the tournament to see over the pond.

Held at the Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania just outside of Philadelphia in June, the action will be played out on the Ardmore East Course — regularly voted as the best on the face of the earth.

American Webb Simpson will be looking to defend the title he won last year while Tiger Woods will no doubt be in the hunt for his first major win since 2008.

The Open Championship, Scotland, 18-21 July

The Open is one of the highlights of the golfing calendar – not only for its prestige but also for the history that surrounds it.

Played this year at the remarkable Muirfield course, which hasn’t hosted the Open since 2002, this unusual links course will test the very best players in the world and offer spectators both on the course and at home a brilliant spectacle. Let's just hope the weather holds up.

CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia, 31 October - 3 November

Not exactly keeping in tradition with some of the other tournaments on this list, but there is no doubt that the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia is a new tournament with an interesting format.

Started in 2010, the top 25 in the Fed Ex Cup standings play with the top 10 of the Asian Tour along with 5 sponsors’ exemption.

The field will increase to 70 this year with $7 million up for grabs in prize money, so interest will no doubt be high.

PGA Championship, New York, 8-11 August

The final major of the year and the last chance for the very best in the world of golf to write their name in the history books — indeed the tournament is nicknamed "Glory’s Last Shot" because of its last chance saloon status.

This year's event will take place at Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course in New York, with Rory McIlroy looking to hold on to the title he won so brilliantly last year. Win here and you've got an invite to all the other majors the following year, so there’s plenty of tension throughout.

DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, 14-17 November

The Dubai World Championship is the climax of the "Race to Dubai" — which replaced the old European Order of Merit in 2009.

The climax of the season which sees all European players compete to finish at the top of the prestigious money list – a monumental $8 million is up for grabs this year in prize money.

Currently Australian Brett Rumford leads the money list, but there is plenty of time for the likes of Sergio Garcia, Angel Cabrerra or even one or two Brits to move to the top of the pile ahead of what could a thrilling climax to the season.

Simon Hayes writes for www.trackmats.co.uk, who offer durable ground protection products and services for events such as festivals, concerts and sport venues.