SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – This year, for the first time, there are five major championships in women’s golf.
So with Inbee Park having won the first three majors, what does that mean? Will she be going for a Grand Slam when she heads to St. Andrews for the Ricoh Women’s British Open in August? Or does she have to win the Women’s British Open and the Evian Masters in September to collect all five majors to claim a Grand Slam?
Though a Grand Slam has come to be understood as encompassing four elements in golf, in baseball and even a Denny’s breakfast, the origin of the concept isn’t based on that number.
According to golf historian Martin Davis, a Grand Slam as originally conceived would require winning all the majors played in any given season.
“The term Grand Slam came about in Bobby Jones’ time,” Davis said. “It’s actually a term from the card game bridge. A Grand Slam is when you take all 13 tricks. It means you sweep the table, you win everything.”
Park was asked afterward if she would consider it a Grand Slam if she won the Women’s British Open, or if she believed she needed to win all five majors to claim a Grand Slam.
“I won Evian last year,” Park said. “It wasn’t a major then, but, yes, I still think it is a Grand Slam. Four out of five is still big.”
It figures, the first year the LPGA adopts a fifth major, it makes it confusing, if not harder, on a player trying to make history never made in the game of professional golf.