British Open No. 1 by the wide margin, Master’s No. 2
In Analysis ‘The Players’ Ranks higher than the PGA
Biggest Problem: Nicklaus adds three Majors (to 21), Woods adds only one (to 15).
Austin, Texas. May 11, 2013. (Updated) Open Championship has been declared the Top Golf Major by Internet Media Buzz, according to an analysis using Global Language Monitor’s Sports Brand Affiliation Index (S-BAI).
One major point of resistance: By elevating the Players to Major Status means Nicklaus adds three Majors to his total (to 21), while Woods adds only one (to 15).
The S-BAI analysis compared the strength of affiliation of each of the currently recognized events (The Masters, The US Open, The Open Championship or British Open and the PGA Championship) to the concept of ‘major championship’. GLM then added the Players Championship for comparison with the four recognized events. In an associated finding, the Players Championship has entered into the top ranks of the golfing world as one of the sport’s major championship events or Majors. In fact, the Players’ Championship is in a virtual tie with the US Open for third.
The Open Championship’s S-Brand Affiliation Index (147.59) was followed by the Masters at 106.62. The US Open and Players Championships finished in a virtual tie for third at 90.74 and 90.17, respectively. The Open Championship scored nearly twice as high as the PGA Championship (79.40).
Ranklng the Golf Majors by Sports BAI
1. The British Open 147.59
2. The Masters 106.62
3. The US Open 90.74
4. The Players 90.17
5′ The PGA 79.40
“After forty years, the Players Championship has earned its place among the Major Golf Championships,” said Paul JJ Payack, President and Chief Word Analyst of GLM. “Forty years is certainly an excellent vantage point to judge its worthiness. And the data has spoken.”
Payack added, “Since 1860 The Open is the championship against which all future Majors would be judged. Now over one hundred and fifty-years later, we see that it towers above all others in the world of golf.”
In the early to mid 20th century, the Majors were considered to be those tournaments won by Bobby Jones during his historic 1930 season: the US and British Amateurs, the Open Championship and the US Open. Later Jones’ own tournament, the Masters, gained in importance as did the Western Open (considered a Major by many for a number of decades) as the British PGA fell from favor. As recently as 1960 there was no official recognition of the Majors, as such.
For this analysis, GLM employed proprietary ‘algorithmic methodologies’ such as the Brand Affiliation Index. The BAI computes and details the relative brand equity of people, products or events based on the analysis of global discourse, providing a real-time, accurate assessment at any point in time. To do so, GLM analyzes the billions of pages on the Internet, millions of blogs, the top 175,000 global print and electronic media, as well as Twitter and new social media sources, as they emerge.
GLM will perform another analysis following the conclusion of the 2013 Majors.
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