Watching THE Open at Royal Troon made me appreciate just how much better the championship is compared with the other Majors. THE OPEN: Played over historical links, against the elements, spectators can turn up on the day and pay the entrance fee. BBC Coverage is outstanding showing 8 or 9 hours golf everyday. The Presentation is an open spectator affair in reward for their courtesy and passion over the four days...The People's Open. The Masters: Used to be one of my favourite tournaments, but has become a snobbish, bigotted, exclusive club. TV coverage limited to 2 hours a day, Presentation behind closed doors by the fireplace, and the course itself (whilst being one of the world's best) is becoming a bit seen it, worn the T-Shirt. The whole thing is a closed book. 10 year waiting list to get tickets!! US Open: The 2nd best Major after THE OPEN. Tickets for spectators are drawn by ballot. Played over mostly historic tracks like Pinehurst No2, Pebble Beach, Shinnecock Hills, Olympia Fields et al. USPGA: Again, played over good courses but Prize Money apart, it's just like any other Golf Tournament on the US tour. The field I believe is made up of the leading 100 golfers on US Money list or World Rankings (not sure??). Whisling Straits, the course for the 2004 Championship looks like an old British links in parts and English Woodland on some holes. Only 32,000 tickets issued on first come basis. Austral-Asian Open?? South African Open?? European Open??