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Recalling the Bowmaker Tournament of British Golf

The Bowmaker Tournament was a golf tournament in England played from late 1950s to the early 1970s. It was part of the loosely organized British PGA circuit that pre-dated the formation of the European Tour.

1927 Ryder Cup: Winner and Scores from the First One

The 1927 Ryder Cup was the very first Ryder Cup played. It was played in the United States between teams representing the USA and Great Britain (just Great Britain, no Ireland yet). The tournament was played over two days, with foursomes and singles match play as the format (no fourballs yet). Teams each included nine golfers and matches were all scheduled for 36 holes. The result was an easy victory for Team USA.

Big Break Mexico: Cast, Who Won, Watch Episodes

Big Break Mexico was a television series that aired on the Golf Channel in 2013. It was the 19th season of the network's The Big Break franchise. The first episode aired on May 13, 2013. The cast included six men and six women.

Big Break Ka'anapali: Winner and Cast Members

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Big Break Ka'anapali was a television series that aired on the Golf Channel in 2008. It was the ninth season of the network's The Big Break franchise. The first episode aired on April 15, 2008.

Homero Blancas, Golf's Mr. 55

Homero Blancas was a winner on the PGA Tour in the 1960s and 1970s, and on the Champions Tour in the 1980s. And he also once carded a round in competition of 55.

Youngest Golfer to Make the Cut on LPGA Tour

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Who is the youngest golfer in the history of the LPGA Tour to make the cut in a tour event? The answer to that question is Michelle Wie. When Wie was 13 years old — 13 years, 5 months, 17 days old, to be exact — she made the cut in an LPGA major championship.

Quicken Loans National/AT&T National (PGA Tour)

The Quicken Loans National, previously called the AT&T National, was played from the mid-2000-aughts to the late 2010s on the PGA Tour.

The Vijay Singh Cheating Incident Explained

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Vijay Singh has had a long and very successful career as a pro golfer, including three major championships and a 2004 season in which he won nine times on the PGA Tour. But there's also something in Singh's career that he'd like to forget, and that he'd prefer everyone else forget, too. Allegations of cheating at a tournament on the precursor to the Asian Tour in 1985. Actually, we don't even have to refer to the incident as being mere "allegations," since tournament officials concluded that Singh did, in fact, cheat, and the regional governing organization banned him from the tour (today's Asian Tour was not officially founded until 1995). (Related: The Colin Montgomerie cheating allegation explained) Here's what happened. Vijay Singh was 22 years old when he showed up at the 1985 Indonesian Open in Jakarta. Like most young pros in the first year as a tour player, Vijay was having his ups and downs — mostly downs. He badly needed a good s…

How to Play the Three Little Pigs Golf Format

Have you ever had a round of golf in which you mostly played well but had just a few holes that ruined the round? Of course you have — every golfer has those rounds. But the tournament format/betting game named Three Little Pigs (or 3 Little Pigs) can take care of those holes.

Biography of Record-Setting LPGA Golfer Sandra Post

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Sandra Post is a Canadian golfer who had success on the LPGA Tour from the late 1960s into the early 1980s. In fact, she set two tour records that weren't broken for decades.

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Golf Tournament

The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia was a golf tournament on the LPGA Tour in the 2010s. It was played eight times and boasted an impressive roster of winners.

Golfer Tony Manero: From Caddie to U.S. Open Champ

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Tony Manero was a PGA professional who won Tour events in the 1930s. But he is best-known as the champion of the 1936 U.S. Open.

Youngest Winners of the PGA Championship Tournament

The youngest winner ever of the PGA Championship was only 20 years old when he won it. And he won it again the next year to appear on the youngest-winners list twice.

Colgate Hall of Fame Classic Golf Tournament (PGA Tour)

The Colgate Hall of Fame Classic was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour that was played 10 times in the 1970s and 1980s. And its roster of champions does, in fact, include multiple Hall of Famers.

Oldest Winners of the PGA Championship Tournament

The PGA Championship is the third-oldest of the four majors, first played in 1916. But what about old — or at least, older — champions? The tournament's history includes, so far, five golfers over the age of 40 who won. The oldest PGA Championship winner was nearly 50.

Oldest Winners of The Masters Tournament

In the history of The Masters Tournament, only one golfer older than 45 has won the Green Jacket. We bet you already know who that is. And seven golfers over the age of 40 have won the tournament.

Playing Pinnies: The Golf Bet Called the 'Pinnie'

In golf, a "pinnie" is a side bet within a group of golfers that automatically pays off when a golfer in the group achieves the pinnie objective. And what is that objective? The pinnie (or "playing pinnies") is defined differently by different groups, but there are two primary ways of playing pinnies:

Definition of Moving Day in Golf

We often hear golf announcers on tournament broadcasts, or just golfers in general, saying something along the lines of, "Today is moving day," or "Tiger Woods is making his move on moving day." What does "moving day" mean in this golf context?

2019 Masters Tournament Winner and Scores

The 2019 Masters Tournament was the 83rd time this major championship of professional golf was played.

Pam Barton: Amateur Golf Champ Killed in World War II

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Pam Barton was, as a trading card of the 1930s described her, "Great Britain's wonder golfer": In her teens she became just the second golfer ever to win both the British Ladies Amateur and U.S. Women's Amateur championships in the same year. When World War II broke out, Barton jumped into action, serving with distinction in several posts — until she was killed in an airplane crash.

The Oldest Golfer to Make a Hole-in-One

Who is the oldest golfer ever known to make an ace on a regulation golf course? That golfer was 103 years old when he set the record.

U.S. Women's Amateur Golf Courses: Where They've Played

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The U.S. Women's Amateur Championship is the premiere women's amateur golf tournament on the schedule every year, and is run by the United States Golf Association. If you want to play where the future champions of women's golf have played, then you need to know all the golf courses that have hosted the tournament. And that list is here.

What Is An Opposite-Field Tournament in Golf?

When a pro golf tour has two different tournaments scheduled on the same dates, the lesser of the two events is called an "opposite-field tournament."

Monday Qualifiers Who Won on the PGA Tour

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"Monday qualifiers" is the term for the 18-hole qualifying tournament played on (you guessed it) the Monday prior to a PGA Tour event. For golfers who are not already in the field for the week's PGA Tour stop, the Monday qualifier is the last-chance opportunity to claim a spot. It is very rare for a golfer to get into a PGA Tour tournament through Monday qualifying and then win that tournament. But it does happen!

Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge Golf Tournament

The Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge was a golf tournament played from the early 1990s into the 2010s that had a small field of golfers representing the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and LPGA Tour. How small was the field? Each tour was represented by three golfers, so only nine golfers total played.

2nd Hole at Augusta National: Pink Dogwood

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Par: Par 5 Length: 575 yards Name: Pink Dogwood Hole No. 2 at Augusta National Golf Club is the first par-5 golfers encounter. It is the longest hole on the course both for member play and during The Masters.

How Chi Chi Rodriguez Wound Up on a Devo Album Cover

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Do you remember or know the band Devo, one of the new wave innovators of the 1970s and 1980s? Crazy outfits, silly hats, weird and sometimes wonderful music. They even had a few hit songs on the radio: "Whip It" is probably their best-known. But why are we talking about Devo on a golf site? Because the cover of Devo's first album (pictured above) consisted of a rendering of Chi Chi Rodriguez.

16th Hole at Augusta National: Redbud

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Par: Par 3 Length: 170 yards Name: Redbud The final par-3 hole at Augusta National Golf Course, No. 16 is set up for birdies in the final round of Masters Tournaments and typically produces roars from the crowd. But it's a full carry over water, so there are usually some groans, too.

Royal Caribbean Classic (Champions Tour) Golf Tournament

The Royal Caribbean Classic was a golf tournament on the PGA Champions Tour played from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. It always took place in Key Biscayne, Fla., and typically in the earliest part of the senior tour's yearly schedule.

Longest Sudden-Death Playoffs Ever on the Champions Tour

Sudden-death playoffs are supposed to end quickly. That's why they are called "sudden death," after all. But in the history of the Champions Tour, there have been several sudden-death playoffs that were anything but over suddenly. Playoffs that lasted a lot longer than such playoffs typically last. And the golfer who won the longest such playoff in Champions Tour history is David Graham.

13th Hole at Augusta National: Azalea

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Par: Par 5 Length: 510 yards Name: Azalea Hole No. 13 at Augusta National Golf Club is the first par-5 on the back nine and the last of the three holes that comprise "Amen Corner." It is a birdie hole and one of two great eagle opportunities (along with the 15th hole) for Masters Tournament golfers on the back nine.