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The Masters Playoff Format, Rules and Holes Played

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What happens when The Masters Tournament completes 72 holes with two or more golfers tied at the top? Those golfers go into a playoff. So let's go over the playoff format and rules and reveal which holes at Augusta National the playoff takes place on. The summary: The Masters uses a sudden-death playoff format that begins on the 18th hole and continues, if necessary, on the 10th.

What Is the Cut at The Masters?

The Masters Tournament is one of the four major championships of men's professional golf, but like most other pro tournaments, it has a cut. That means the field is trimmed after two rounds (36 holes) of play, leaving roughly the golfers in the top half of the standings to continue playing the final two rounds.

Jess Sweetser: Amateur Major Winner, Jones Vanquisher

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Jess Sweetser was one of the best amateur golfers of early 20th century, the first native-born American golfer to win the British Amateur and a man who handed Bobby Jones one of Jones' worst defeats.

1990 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1990 Curtis Cup was the 26th time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings were 20 wins for Team USA, four for GB&I, and two ties.

How to Play the Woodies Golf Bet

Did your drive hit a tree? Don't think of it as a mistake, think of it as a chance to win a woodie (woody). "Woodies" is the name of a side bet among golfers that pays off to anyone in the group who makes par after hitting a tree on the hole.

1988 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1988 Curtis Cup was the 25th time this tournament was played. Following Team GB&I's victory, the all-time standings were 19 wins for Team USA, four for GB&I, and two ties.

Heather Farr Perseverance Award and List of Winners

The Heather Farr Perseverance Award is given annually by the LPGA Tour to one of its golfers who represents the fighting spirit of the late LPGA golfer Heather Farr.

1986 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1986 Curtis Cup was the 24th time this tournament was played, and something happened here that hadn't happened in a very long time: Team GB&I won. And that made the all-time standings 19 wins for Team USA, three for GB&I, and two ties.

Remembering Heather Farr, LPGA Golfer

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Heather Farr was an amateur golf champion and LPGA Tour member whose 4-and-a-half year battle with cancer took her life before she turned 29 years old. Since the mid-1990s, the LPGA has given an annual award in her memory.

Golf Course Striping: Do Those Stripes in the Grass Matter?

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The term "striping" is used by golf course superintendents and grounds crews to refer to a pattern left in the grass after mowing with lightweight mowing equipment. The pattern might be horizontal or vertical stripes, or it might be a crosshatch or checkerboard pattern of alternating light and dark squares or diamonds.

1984 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1984 Curtis Cup was the 23rd time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings were 19 wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic Golf Tournament

A golf tournament on the LPGA Tour, the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic was played for only three years in the late 2010s. But one of those years included a record-breaking performance.

1982 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1982 Curtis Cup was the 22nd time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings were 18 wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

Profile of Marlene Floyd, LPGA Golfer

Marlene Floyd was a golfer on the LPGA Tour whose best years were in the 1970s and 1980s. She never won on tour, but was one of the better-known players of her era.

1980 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1980 Curtis Cup was the 21st time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings were 17 wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

What Is a 'Natural Birdie' or 'Natural Par' in Golf?

Golfers sometimes refer to making a "natural birdie" on a hole, or a "natural par." But just what are those scores? In this usage, "natural" is just another way of saying "gross." A natural birdie is the same thing as a gross birdie; a natural par is the same thing as a gross par.

1978 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1978 Curtis Cup was the 20th time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings were 16 wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

Net Double Bogey in Golf: Definition and Examples

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What is a "net double bogey" in golf? It's a score that in 2020 became important for golfers — or at least those golfers who play using their handicap indexes — to know with the introduction of the World Handicap System. A "net double bogey" is a score on a golf hole whose exact number of strokes depends on the specific hole and specific golfer playing that hole. We'll go over examples below to show you the actual number of strokes involved. But know that all net double bogeys follow the same formula: take the hole's par rating, add two strokes, and add the number of handicap strokes you get on that hole. That's your net double bogey. To put it in equation form: Hole's par + two strokes + any handicap strokes = net double bogey Now let's differentiate between a "gross score" and a "net score": gross means your actual number of strokes played; net means your actual strokes minus your handicap strokes. If you carry …

1976 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1976 Curtis Cup was the 19th time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings were 15 wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

Andrew Strath: Bio of Early British Open Champ

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A very early winner of the British Open, Andrew Strath was a St. Andrews golfer from a family of golfers. He also was one of the earliest golfers known for his ability to create backspin on iron shots.

1974 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1974 Curtis Cup was the 18th time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings were 14 wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

1972 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1972 Curtis Cup was the 17th time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings were 13 wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

How to Grip a Golf Club: Lessons from the Best

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The golf grip — they way golfers place our hands on the golf club and hold onto it during the swing — is one of the most important factors in every golf swing. So knowing the right way to grip a golf club is very important.

1970 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1970 Curtis Cup was the 16th time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings were 12 wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

1968 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1968 Curtis Cup was the 15th time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings were 11 wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

Clifford Ann Creed, LPGA Tour Winner

Clifford Ann Creed was a star on the LPGA Tour for several seasons in the 1960s, and had a long, productive career even after the wins stopped coming.

1966 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1966 Curtis Cup was the 14th time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings were 10 wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

1964 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1964 Curtis Cup was the 13th time this tournament was played, but it was played with a new, expanded format this year: 18 points were at stake rather than just nine. The result was another United States win, however. And following that win, the all-time standings were nine wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

What Is 5-Under Par in Golf Called? An Ostrich

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What is a score of 5-under-par on a single golf hole called? That's an ostrich. And if you ever make one, you might just be the first golfer anywhere who's ever made one.

1962 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1962 Curtis Cup was the 12th time this tournament was played. Following the American side's dominating victory, the overall standings to this point in the tournament's history were eight wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

1960 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1960 Curtis Cup was the 11th time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's win here, the overall standings were seven wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

Billy Burke Bio: The Golfer Who Won a 72-Hole U.S.Open Playoff

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Billy Burke was a PGA Tour winner from the 1920s into the 1940s. He's most famous because he played in, and won, the longest playoff in major championship history: 72 playoff holes.

Pete Dye Golf Courses: The Full List

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Pete Dye had a huge impact on the golf world through his career as a golf course architect, influencing generations of other course designers, not to mention golfers, golf fans and golf tours. Dye passed away early in 2020, but he'll be talked about for decades to come by golfers, just as previous golf course architecture giants are still talked about (and debated) today.

How to Play the Splashies Side Game in Golf

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Splashies is the name of a side bet in golf that pays off any time a golfer in your group makes par on a hole after hitting into a pond, lake, creek, stream or other standing body of water.

1958 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1958 Curtis Cup was the 10th time this competition was played between teams representing the United States and Great Britain & Ireland. Following the halved result here, the all-time standings were six wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, and two ties.

1956 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

Team Great Britain and Ireland earned its second-ever win in the Curtis Cup in 1956, making the all-time standings to this point six wins for Team USA, two for GB&I, with one tie.

Remembering PGA Tour Winner J.L. Lewis

J.L. Lewis reached the PGA Tour in the mid-1990s — and well intos his 30s — after years of trying to get there while working club jobs. The wait was worth it when he finally won in 1999. And then he won again.

1954 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 1954 Curtis Cup was the eighth time this competition was played. Following the result, the all-time standings to this point were six wins for Team USA, one for Team GB&I, with one tie.

Wales Ladies Championship of Europe Tournament

The Wales Ladies Championship of Europe was a golf tournament that originated in Scotland before moving to Wales. It was part of the Ladies European Tour schedule from the mid-1990s into the early 2000s.

1952 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

Something happened at the 1952 Curtis Cup that had never happened before in this competition: Great Britain and Ireland won. Following the result here, the all-time standings in the event, dating to 1932, were five wins for Team USA, one for Team GB&I, with one tie.