Golf or tennis tournament "classic"?

What’s the meaning/significance/origin of using the word "classic,"in the names of tournaments?

They’re sponsored by companies that style themselves “Ltd.” :smiley:

Sorry. Don’t get it.

Maybe this should be in GQ. Surely someone knows the reason for this naming convention? I put it in IMHO because I thought it would be an opinion thing.

I don’t think it has any meaning and I am not sure it ever did; it’s just a glam word they throw in to show it’s a high-class event, not some sweaty jockfest. Which is much the same position of “Ltd.” or “Limited” outside of those countries where that’s a valid company descriptor. In the US, it’s just snootiness.

“Classic” may have roots in the sense of “conforming to the [old school] rule book” and excluding competition forms from later and lesser sources. But I will bet it’s nearly meaningless except in my first guess sense of “bring your own wine glass.”

I follow golf closely and I’m not sure there is a meaning. They aren’t opens where amateurs are invited, and they aren’t invitationals where the field is hand-picked. I think it’s just a name as far as I can tell.

Meaningless, eh? Interesting.

Well, meaningless is a subjective term. Calling a tournament a classic defines it in a certain way, just as “annual” or “traditional” or “summer” or “exclusive” or even “championship” does, without necessarily meaning very much in and of that term.

Classic == “classy and kinda upscale, y’know?” is how I interpret it.

In other words, similar to the MLB’s use of the word “world” in “world series.” :stuck_out_tongue:

I thought that was because a newspaper called ‘the World’ was an early sponsor.

Urban legend, promulgated by a historical writer I admire greatly.

World meant world, as absurd as its application here is.