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How to Play the Closeout Golf Bet

Closeout is the name of a golf betting game that kicks in when two opponents (or two sides) are playing a match and that match ends before the 18th hole. In that case, the Closeout bet goes into effect: a new match worth half the amount of the original bet, played over the remaining holes.

What Ever Happened to Nikki DiSanto of 'The Big Break'?

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Where is Nikki DiSanto today? That's the question we answer below. DiSanto appeared on two different seasons of The Big Break, the Golf Channel competition series. While she didn't fare well in either series, Nikki made an impression on viewers: Her background going into the show was as a model and a long-drive competitor, and she seemed to approach golf in a very New Age-y kind of way.

2002 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 2002 Ryder Cup was the 34th time this tournament was played. Following the Team Europe victory, the all-time standings were 24 wins for the United States, eight wins for Europe, and two draws.

What Is a 'Composite Course' in Golf?

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A composite course, or composite golf course, is, literally, one golf course made up of the parts of two golf other golf courses. In other words, if you take some holes from Course A and other holes from Course B, then play those holes as a single, 18-hole routing, you've just created a composite course.

1999 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 1999 Ryder Cup was the 33rd time this tournament was played. Following the Team USA victory, the all-time standings were 24 wins for the United States, seven wins for Europe, and two draws.

1997 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 1997 Ryder Cup was the 32nd time this tournament was played. Following the Team Europe victory, the all-time standings were 23 wins for the United States, seven wins for Europe, and two draws.

Big Break VII: Reunion At Reunion

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Big Break VII: Reunion at Reunion was the seventh season of the Golf Channel competition series The Big Break, in which golfers competed in skills challenges and golf matches, with golfer(s) eliminated each week. Big Break VII: Reunion aired in 2007, with the series premiere televised on February 25, 2007.

Bio of Golfer Mungo Park

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Mungo Park was a 19th century golfer and member of a family whose members won seven British Opens. Mungo himself earned one of those titles.

1995 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 1995 Ryder Cup was the 31st time this tournament was played. Following the Team Europe victory, the all-time standings were 23 wins for the United States, six wins for Europe, and two draws.

1993 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 1993 Ryder Cup was the 30th time this tournament was played. Following the Team USA victory, the all-time standings were 23 wins for the United States, five wins for Europe, and two draws.

What Ever Happened to Taylor Collins of 'Big Break Mexico'?

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Where is Taylor Collins today? Collins was the champion on Season 19 of the Golf Channel series, The Big Break. That season, which was called Big Break Mexico, culminated in the 5-foot-1 Collins coming up big in the championship match against Matthew Galloway.

'Playing the Like' and 'Playing the Odd'

"Playing the like" and "playing the odd" aren't just golf phrases that are almost exclusively British, they are also phrases that are archaic. Not even British golfers use the terms anymore. So why are we explaining what they mean? Let's find out.

Consecutive Seasons Winning on PGA Tour: The All-Time Record

Which golfers, in the history of the PGA Tour, have run off the most consecutive seasons with at least one win? Not surprisingly, you have to look at some of the biggest names in golf history to come up with the record-holders. And there are three such golfers who won at least once per year for 16 years in a row — and two of them did it for 17 consecutive seasons.

PGA Tour Westchester Classic (Buick Classic)

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The PGA Tour Westchester Classic, also called the Buick Classic for many years, was a golf tournament played at Westchester Country Club, in Rye, New York, from the late 1960s through the first decade of the 2000s.

1991 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 1991 Ryder Cup was the 29th time this tournament was played. Following the hard-fought, Team USA victory, the all-time standings were 22 wins for the United States, five wins for Europe, and two draws.

May Hezlet, Early Irish Golf Champion

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May Hezlet was an Irish golfer who came to prominence as a teenager in the last years of the 1800s, then became a star in the first years of the 1900s. She came from a golfing family and her siblings were accomplished tournament players, too.

1989 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 1989 Ryder Cup was the 28th time this tournament was played, but only the second time it ended in a tie score. Because Team Europe was the defending champion, the tie allowed it to hold the cup for another two years. Following the result here, the all-time standings were 21 wins for the United States, five wins for Europe, and two draws.

What Was a Dreadnought Golf Club?

Dreadnought golf clubs were in use in golf in the early part of the 20th century. The dreadnought driver was the first club to have that name, and the dreadnought niblicks were among the last that were well-known by that name. What were they? Dreadnoughts were clubs that had larger-than-normal clubheads. Dreadnoughts were the original jumbo, oversized golf clubs.

Golfer Dan Sikes: 'Unsung Hero' of U.S. Golf Tours

Dan Sikes was a 6-time winner on the PGA Tour in the 1960s. But his impact on golf was far greater than his tournament successes. Behind the scenes, Sikes helped create the modern PGA Tour and, later, the Champions Tour.

1987 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 1987 Ryder Cup was the 27th time this tournament was played and, for the first time, Europe won two consecutive Cups. Following the result here, the all-time standings were 21 wins for the United States, five wins for Europe, and one draw.

How to Play the Golf Game Named 'Poker'

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Do you love golf and poker? Then the golf game named Poker combines two of your favorite games. But you don't need to know anything about poker to play this game, other than the order the "hands" rank in. Because just like in the card game, the object in the Poker golf game is to build the best hand.

1985 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 1985 Ryder Cup was the 26th time this tournament was played, but it marked a turning point in the tournament's history: Europe was ascendant. And following the Team Europe victory here, the all-time standings were 21 wins for the United States, four wins for Europe, and one draw.

Bonnie Bryant, LPGA's First Left-Handed Winner

Bonnie Bryant won only one time on the LPGA Tour. But that single victory will keep her in the tour's record book forever: She was the first left-hander in LPGA history to win a tour event.

Who Was the First Left-Handed PGA Tour Winner?

Left-handed golfers are not exactly common on the PGA Tour today, but they are definitely much more common than in the past. It took decades of pro tournament golf in the United States before the PGA Tour had its first lefty winner. Who was that?

Why Are Golfers Limited to 14 Clubs?

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There is a limit on the number of golf clubs a golfer can carry in his or her bag during play. According to the Rules of Golf, that limit is 14. If you are playing a tournament round, a handicap round, or any other round during which you are following the rules, you cannot carry more than 14 golf clubs. But why?

1983 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 1983 Ryder Cup was the 25th time this tournament was played. Following the Team USA victory, the all-time standings to this point were 21 wins for the United States, three wins for Europe, and one draw.

1981 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 1981 Ryder Cup was the 24th time this tournament was played. Following the Team USA victory, the all-time standings to this point were 20 wins for the United States, three wins for Europe, and one draw.

Tony Torrance: Golfer Helped Bring About 14-Club Limit

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Tony Torrance was a Scottish golfer who was a rare bright spot for Great Britain in Walker Cups of the 1920s and 1930s. A friend of Bobby Jones', golf's 14-club limit grew out of a conversation between Torrance and Jones.

Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe

The Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe (also called the Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe) was a tournament on the European Tour played in Germany. It was won three times by Tiger Woods.

1979 Ryder Cup: Team Europe Debuts

The 1979 Ryder Cup was the 23rd time this tournament was played, but the first time the United States team faced Team Europe. The Great Britain & Ireland team was expanded this year to include golfers from continental Europe. Following the Team USA victory, the all-time standings to this point were 19 wins for the United States, three wins for Great Britain/Ireland/Europe, and one draw.

Golf Instruction on Vinyl: When Famous Golfers Put Out Record Albums

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Back in my youth, back when every kid had a record player, my grandparents picked up a double-album from a garage sale for me: An Arnold Palmer golf instruction vinyl LP. In the days before VHS, which came before DVDs, which came before streaming, which came before whatever comes next, the only way for pro golfers to offer golf instruction outside of in-person, in-print, or live-on-TV lessons was vinyl. A record album.

Gay Brewer: Masters Champ With Loopy Swing

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Gay Brewer played on the PGA Tour for a couple decades, but for a few, brief years in the mid-1960s he was among its top players not named Nicklaus, Palmer, Player or Casper. He won a major championship in that stretch. Throughout his career, he won with a "loopy" golf swing, and throughout his life with a funny sense of humor.

1975 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

The 1975 Ryder Cup was the 21st time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings to this point were 17 wins for the United States, three wins for GB&I, and one tie.

'Big Break The Palm Beaches' Winner, Golfers

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Big Break The Palm Beaches was the 23rd installment of the Golf Channel competition series The Big Break, in which golfers competed in skills challenges and golf matches, with golfer(s) eliminated each week. Big Break The Palm Beaches aired in 2015, with the series premiere on February 2, 2015.

1973 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

The 1973 Ryder Cup was the 20th time this tournament was played, but the first time the USA's opponent was known as Great Britain & Ireland. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings to this point were 16 wins for the United States, three wins for GB&I, and one tie.

1971 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

The 1971 Ryder Cup was the 19th time this tournament was played. Following Team USA's victory, the all-time standings to this point were 15 wins for the United States, three wins for Great Britain, and one tie.

Golf's Sunday Bag: What It Is, Why It's Called That

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So you want to play golf, and you want to walk the course, and you want to carry your own bag. But you don't want to carry a big bag or a heavy bag. What you need, then, is a Sunday bag. A "Sunday bag" is a category of golf bag, and on the spectrum from the smallest (in terms of bag top) and lightest (in terms of weight) — a spectrum that runs on the large, heavy end all the way to the "tour bags" or "staff bags" used by tour pros — the Sunday bag is on the smallest, lightest end of the spectrum.

'Big Break Prince Edward Island'

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Big Break Prince Edward Island was the name off the 11th season of the Golf Channel competition show The Big Break. The series aired in 11 episodes beginning in April of 2009. It was also known as Big Break PEI.

Raymond Floyd's All-Girl, Topless Rock Band

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Raymond Floyd is a Hall of Famer. He's one of golf's greats, the winner of three different majors with four major titles total. And he once promoted a rock band comprised of female musicians who performed topless.

1969 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores and 'The Concession'

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The 1969 Ryder Cup, site of the famous act of sportsmanship now known simply as "The Concession," was the 18th time this tournament was played. It resulted in the first tie in tournament history. But as the defending champ, Team USA held the Cup. Following that result, the all-time standings to this point were 14 wins for the USA, three wins for Great Britain, and one tie.

18 Other Names, Nicknames and Slang Terms for the Driver

How many slang words for the driver have you heard? We list 18 below, and some of them you definitely know. Others are probably new to you, because they are regional or a bit more obscure.

1967 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

The 1967 Ryder Cup was the 17th time this tournament was played between teams representing Great Britain and the United States. Following the Team USA victory, the overall standings to this point were 14 wins for the USA, three wins for Great Britain.

1965 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

The 1965 Ryder Cup was the 16th time this tournament was played between teams representing Great Britain and the United States. Following the Team USA victory, the overall standings to this point were 13 wins for the USA, three wins for Great Britain.

What Ever Happened to Pamela Crikelair of 'The Big Break'?

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On the third season of the Golf Channel series The Big Break — which was called Big Break III: Ladies Only — the championship match came down to Danielle Amiee and Pamela Crikelair. Two golfers who didn't appear to like each other very much.

1963 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

The 1963 Ryder Cup was the 15th time this tournament was played between teams representing Great Britain and the United States. Following the Team USA victory, the overall standings to this point were 12 wins for the USA, three wins for Great Britain. This was the first Ryder Cup to include fourballs and the first scheduled for three days.

Golf Pioneer (and LPGA Founder) Opal Hill

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Opal Hill was a golf pioneer: One of the first female golf professionals in the world, and a co-founder of the LPGA Tour. She also once, for a period of 15 years, held the all-time record for lowest competitive round of golf by a woman.

Golf Ball Retrievers: Rules and Key Features

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Ah, the much-maligned golf ball retriever: The long pole, basically, with a scoop or claw on the end that some golfers carry and use to retrieve golf balls (from water, down embankments, anywhere they are hard to reach) — their own, or others that other golfers have lost.

Air Canada Championship (Greater Vancouver Open) Tournament

The Air Canada Championship, earlier known as the Greater Vancouver Open, was a PGA Tour tournament played for seven years in British Columbia, Canada.

1961 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

The 1961 Ryder Cup was the 14th time this tournament was played. Following the Team USA victory, the overall standings to this point were 11 wins for the USA, three wins for Great Britain. This Ryder Cup ushered in major changes to the format.