For more than 50 years, Rolex has been at the very heart of golf.
The brand’s involvement in the sport is deep-rooted, dating back to 1967 and its seminal partnership with Arnold Palmer. It has since grown and flourished, permeating all levels of the sport, providing support for elite and developing players alike, the main professional tours and governing bodies, as well as the finest events on the golfing calendar.
Tiger Woods has captivated the golfing world since winning the 1997 Masters Tournament in his first Major as a professional. Over the past quarter of a century, the Rolex Testimonee has continued to thrill audiences with his peerless skills and dedication to the ancient game. In 2019, he completed one of the most remarkable comebacks in the history of sport when, aged 43, he once again triumphed at Augusta National Golf Club to capture his fifth Masters title, bringing his Major tally to 15, second only to Jack Nicklaus. Among his stellar achievements, Woods has been ranked World No. 1 for more weeks than any other golfer, and in winning the 2001 Masters, he became the only player to win four consecutive Majors, a feat known as the Tiger Slam. He had showed signs of what was to come long before joining the professional ranks, winning a record three U.S. Amateur Championship titles by the age of 20. The American's perpetual quest for excellence has inspired millions of players and captivated the golfing world.
The masters tournament
The Masters Tournament is held annually at the revered Augusta National Golf Club. The first men’s Major of the season, it is the only one of the four elite events to be contested by an invitation-only field and played on the same course each year. Rolex has supported this bastion of tradition and excellence since 1999 and became an International Partner in 2008. The Masters also contributes to the development of the game through its support for amateur events including the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship, the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and the Latin America Amateur Championship.
PGA Championship & KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
With almost 29,000 professionals, the PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports bodies. It works constantly to increase interest and participation in golf and is committed to developing and teaching the game. The organization’s scope includes staging events for junior players as well as its professional members. The PGA of America holds three annual Major championships: the PGA Championship, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.
U.S. OPEN AND
U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN
The United States Golf Association (USGA) has conducted the U.S. Open Championship since 1895 and the U.S. Women’s Open Championship since 1953. These Majors have produced many of golf’s signature moments at some of the country’s most iconic venues. As part of its long-term commitment to the sport, dating back more than half a century, Rolex has been Official Timekeeper of the U.S. Open since 1980 and of the U.S. Women’s Open since 2003.
The Open and
the AIG Women’s Open
The R&A, together with the USGA, governs the sport of golf worldwide. It also organizes The Open, the oldest golf championship, and oversees the AIG Women’s Open, one of the five women’s Majors. The Open takes us back to the roots of the ancient game. It evokes the discipline’s core values – respect for tradition, humility and integrity – all of which echo Rolex’s own defining philosophy. For more than 40 years, as part of its long-standing partnership with the sport, Rolex has been Official Timekeeper of this original Major, and since 2012, Presenting Sponsor of the Senior Open Championship.
There can be little doubt about what makes a Rolex Testimonee. These players and the Swiss watchmaker share a perpetual ambition for excellence and superior performance. Their number includes today’s established champions, athletes whose skill and application have earned them a place at the pinnacle of the professional game.
The Rolex New Guard are following in the hallowed footsteps of past golfing greats, from The Big Three – Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player – to the likes of Tom Watson, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. In their fledgling careers, these young Rolex Testimonees have already displayed the qualities needed to challenge for Major honours – skill, determination and respect for the sport’s rules and traditions – and to emulate the sterling feats of the legends who preceded them. Recent former members of the New Guard Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth have passed the torch on to a new and exciting group of young, up-and-coming players whom they have inspired.
The Ryder Cup
The Ryder Cup stands for tradition, teamwork and sportsmanship. Here, fierce battles are waged with utmost respect between the opponents. With both passion and drama, it is golf at its very best. Launched in 1927, this biennial contest between Europe and the United States features the finest champions led by seasoned captains. In this transatlantic duel, team spirit, intergenerational solidarity and camaraderie are paramount. These values of humanism and mutual help, which strongly resonate with our Perpetual philosophy, have generated some of golf’s most memorable moments. Rolex is Worldwide Partner of the Ryder Cup and Presenting Partner of the weekly Ryder Cup Points Standings that determine player qualification.
WORLD CLASS EVENTS
Rolex’s ties at the pinnacle of golf include partnerships with world-class events. From the World Golf Championships and the Rolex Series, to THE PLAYERS Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs, these tournaments provide exacting challenges and opportunities to excel.
For more than 40 years, Rolex has been a partner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), serving as its Official Timekeeper, including at the five women’s Majors. From the Solheim Cup, the premier team event, to the LPGA’s top awards and Tour players, the brand is a committed and enduring supporter of women’s golf.
THE AMUNDI EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Golf’s first Major to be staged in continental Europe, The Amundi Evian Championship is a reference point in the women’s game. The world’s finest players take on the Champions Course at the challenging Evian Resort Golf Club, nestled between the pristine shores of Lake Geneva and the majestic summits of the Alps. At this stunning venue, they showcase their outstanding skills and expand the horizons of an ever-evolving discipline.
The Solheim Cup
Inaugurated in 1990, the Solheim Cup is the foremost team event in women’s golf, showcasing the finest talent from both sides of the Atlantic. Team Europe and Team USA face off in a competition that follows the same format as The Ryder Cup. Some of the finest golfers in the world take part in this biennial tournament, with teams of 12 contesting 28 matches over three days of intense, absorbing action to determine the winning team. Rolex has been a proud sponsor of the Solheim Cup since 1994.
THE BIG THREE
Arnold Palmer. Jack Nicklaus. Gary Player. Their faces are easy to recognize, their achievements legendary. Combined, they won 34 Majors. With thrilling play and boundless charisma, they brought their love of golf to millions and made the game what it is today. Rolex was ever-present on The Big Three’s incredible journey of high achievement and inspiration, having formed a seminal partnership in 1967 with Palmer, joined by his two great friends and rivals.
Rolex’s enduring relationship with golf dates back more than half a century. It began in 1967 with Arnold Palmer, joined by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. The Big Three changed the face of golf forever. To term the three mere rivals would be to misstate their relationship. Fierce competitors on the course, their relationship was characterized by mutual admiration, support and respect. And above all, friendship.