Golf and tennis promoters are the guilty goofs here; they continue to call their various tournaments "Classic".
The NHL (super-macho National Hockey League) even did it with its popular event at Wrigley Field…professional hockey on an outdoor rink: "Winter Classic 2009". That's only two years ago, not enough time to qualify for "classic" status. And it was only an experiment.
I can understand the name "Classic" as part of a tournament name when the tournament has some history; but calling a NEW tournament a "classic" is the height of laziness and lack of naming imagination.
Maybe this tells us something about the "big cigars" who are behind these events…boring, erudite, stuffy, comfortable, full of themselves.
The ridiculousness of "Classic". True classics are earned, not declared.