Last night I wrote up a post on the Rooster trophy awarded to the winner of the Sanderson Farms Championship. This got me wondering, what are the best and worst trophies on the PGA Tour?
First, here’s my list of the best:
1. PGA Championship
The Stanley Cup of golf trophies. Basically says, ‘I won b!tch.’
2. The Open Championship
A timeless classic. Probably better than the Wannamker if you actually want to place it on the mantle.
3. The U.S Open
Another sterling silver piece of hardware. Sort of the major’s mid-size edition – smaller than the Wannamaker but bigger than the Claret.
4. The Travelers Championship
With its cleaner lines and perfect size, if this were a major trophy, it’d probably be a top two… Just a sweet piece of swag.
5. BMW Championship
The winner of the BMW Championship receives two trophies: the modern, sleek BMW trophy (which is not bad), but the J.D. Wadley trophy is the top dog here. It’s awarded by the Western Golf Association as part of an effort to continue the legacy of the old Western Open.
6. Wyndham Championship
Named after Slammin Sammy, the Wyndham’s Sam Snead Cup is just a first-rate piece of hardware. A total sizzler.
7-9. Three WGCs (HSBC, Bridgestone and Mexico)
Aside from the gold handles on Mexico’s trophy, these three stunners have near identical looks, each with a unique color paint job. They are called (top to bottom): the Old Tom Morris Cup (WGC-HSBC), the Gary Player Cup (WGC-Bridgestone), and the Gene Sarazen Cup (WGC-Mexico). Note: the Bridgestone event moves to Memphis, starting this season, so we’re not sure what’ll happen to that trophy, but it’s a great look and should be replicated for all the playoff events and/or WGC series.
10. Arnold Palmer Invitational
A sturdy-looking piece of shiny silver, topped with a model of the The King and his iconic swing.
Bonus. Barbasol Championship
We’re not sure here. The trophy itself is a clean-looking classic, worthy of a top-10 rank, but if the can of shaving cream is a permanent part of the trophy then it’s borderline stupid swag.