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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.

15th Hole (Firethorn) Is Augusta National's Easiest

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Par: Par 5 Length: 530 yards Name: Firethorn The answer to the question, "What is the easiest hole at Augusta National Golf Club?" is this one, Hole No. 15 — at least, as measured by Masters Tournament scoring averages.

Champions Tour Record for Most Consecutive Birdies

Do you know what the Champions Tour record is for making the most birdies in a row? Now you do: The longest birdie streak in senior tour history is eight birdies in a row. And eight consecutive birdies is a streak that has happened five times, by five different golfers. Here's the list.

The Hogan Bridge at Augusta National: Photos, Facts and History

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The Hogan Bridge at Augusta National Golf Club. It's one of the most-famous landmarks on arguably the world's most-famous golf course, and it is located on one of the most picturesque holes in golf: the 12th hole, named "Golden Bell." The Hogan Bridge crosses Rae's Creek, which flows in front of the 12th green.

How to Play the Perfecto Golf Game

Perfecto is the name of a golf game that a group of golfers can use to put a little money — or just pride — on the line. Perfecto rewards golfers who hit greens and fairways and make their putts. Easy, right? To earn a point in Perfecto (or to win the wager amount), a golfer must do all three of these things on a hole:

8th Hole at Augusta National: Yellow Jasmine

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Par: Par 5 Length: 570 yards Name: Yellow Jasmine The No. 8 hole at Augusta National golf club is the second par-5 hole on the front nine. It is the second-longest hole on the course, made longer by the fact that it plays uphill. (Yet it plays as one of the easier holes at Augusta.)

Butler Cabin at Augusta National: Facts, History and Secrets

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Butler Cabin is the name of one of the many landmarks at Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters Tournament. Golf fans know it as the place from which the post-tournament interview with the winner takes place. But not much is know about it to outsiders. So let's go over some of the Butler Cabin details.

LPGA Cosmopolitan Open Golf Tournament

The Cosmopolitan Open was a golf tournament on the LPGA Tour played in Illinois from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s.

Madeira Islands Open Golf Tournament

The Madeira Islands Open was a golf tournament on the European Tour that was played from the early 1990s into the 2010s. It was played on the island of Madeira, an Atlantic Ocean island southwest of Portugal (of which the island is part) and due west of Morocco.

1st Hole at Augusta National: Tea Olive

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Par: Par 4 Length: 445 yards Name: Tea Olive The first hole at Augusta National Golf Club begins right next to the clubhouse. The drive is uphill and there's a slight doghill to the right. Trees on the left will catch drives that stray too far. The approach is to an undulating green.

George Washington Classic (LPGA Tour Golf Tournament)

The Georgia Washington Classic was a golf tournament on the LPGA Tour that was played in Pennsylvania in the 1970s. It was a 54-hole tournament.

Carroll's International, Former Golf Tournament in Ireland

The Carroll's International was a golf tournament in Ireland played from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s. It pre-dated the formation of the European Tour, but was part of the Euro Tour's first few seasons.

11th Hole at Augusta National: White Dogwood

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Par: Par 4 Length: 505 yards Name: White Dogwood The 11th hole at Augusta National Golf Club has the distinction of being the hole that starts "Amen Corner." That stretch of Augusta National, down in one corner of the course property, includes the 11th, 12th and 13th holes.

Wendy's Championship for Children Golf Tournament (LPGA Tour)

The Wendy's Championship for Children was an LPGA Tour golf tournament that was played in Ohio from the late 1990s until the early 2000s.

BMW Asian Open Golf Tournament (European Tour)

The BMW Asian Open was a men's professional golf tournament co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour that was played in the early 2000s. Although it was played only a handful of times, there are two significant facts about it.

10th Hole at Augusta National: Camellia

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Par: Par 4 Length: 495 yards Name: Camellia The hole that begins Augusta National Golf Club's back nine, the 10th hole, is the most-difficult one on the golf course by Masters Tournament scoring average.

How to Play a N.O.S.E. Tournament in Golf

If you don't want to blow your NOSE tournament, first start by understanding what a "N.O.S.E." tournament is in golf. It's a tournament format in which the golfers count their scores only on holes that begin with one of the letters that make up "N.O.S.E."

Magnolia Lane At Augusta National Golf Club

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Magnolia Lane at Augusta National Golf Club is, really, just a driveway. But it is perhaps the most famous driveway in America. And every year at Masters Tournament time, it leads golfers and golf fans on a weeklong journey.

18th Hole at Augusta National: Holly

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Par: Par 4 Length: 465 yards Name: Holly The 18th hole at Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most-famous closing holes in golf by virtue of its being the home hole for both ANGC and The Masters Tournament.

Augusta National Scorecard: Hole Names, Yards, Pars and More

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Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most exclusive golf clubs on the planet, a place that cares mightily about its reputation and about appearances. But the Augusta National scorecard, on the other hand, is about as plain-Jane as it gets: simple dark text on a white background. Nothing fancy, no wasted words or excess information, no special graphics. Just the facts:

The Long and Short Golf Format

How do you play the golf format named Long and Short? It's right there in the name: Long and Short is a 2-person team game in which one of the partners plays all the long shorts and the other plays all the short shots.

12th Hole at Augusta National: Golden Bell

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Par: Par 3 Length: 155 yards Name: Golden Bell One of the most famous par-3 holes in all of golf, the 12th hole at Augusta National Golf Club is named "Golden Bell." It sits down in one corner of the course with Rae's Creek crossing in front of the green.

How 'Bo Derek' Became a Golf Expression and What It Means

In golf, a "Bo Derek" is usually something you don't want ... but sometimes you do. That's because "Bo Derek" is a slang term with two different meanings, but one of those meanings is far more common than the other.

The Masters Theme Song and the Lyrics You Never Knew Existed

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You know the Masters theme song, right? That's the instrumental music that plays at the start of every Masters Tournament TV broadcast on CBS. That song has a name — Augusta (surprise, surprise) — and it was composed by Dave Loggins. But the TV version every golf fan knows doesn't have any words:

What Are the Tiger Tees On a Golf Course?

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The term "Tiger tees" is a slang term in golf for the tee boxes used in professional tournaments. In other words, the Tiger tees are the rearmost teeing grounds a golf course has available.

Explaining the Selected Score Golf Format

Do you like to play 36 holes in one day? Do you have buddies who enjoy the same? Then get a group together and go play the golf format called Selected Score (or Select Score). Selected Score can also be used as a two-day tournament format or as a bonus game or wager in a two-day tournament.

Does Putter Shaft Flex Have Any Effect on Putting Success?

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Another way of asking the question in the title of this article: Do golfers need to worry about — to think at all about — the flex (stiff, regular, etc.) of the shaft in their putter? The short answer: Almost certainly not.

Amateur Winners in Golf Majors Plus Best Finishes Since

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How many amateur golfers have won a men's professional major? Have any amateur golfers come close to winning lately? We can aswer those questions, so let's get to it.

How to Play the Blind Nine Golf Format

In the Blind Nine golf tournament format, sometimes called Blind Hole (or Blind 9), only nine of the 18 holes count for each team's final score. The catch? The teams don't know which nine holes count until the round is over.

How to Play the Arnies Bet in Golf

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"Arnies" is the name of a side bet in golf that golfers can play within a group. The bet pays off to a golfer who makes par on a hole without ever being in the fairway. Miss the fairway on your drive, miss the fairway on your approach, yet still make par on the hole? You just won an Arnie.

Explaining the Golf Side Bet Named Fish

"Fish" is the name of a side bet in golf that involves making the first birdie of the round, the longest birdie putt, and the most overall birdies. If your group doesn't make a lot of birdies, then you'll need to use handicaps and net scores to make Fish a fun game. Here's how Fish works with in a group of two, three or four golfers:

Oldest Winners Ever on the Champions Tour

In the history of the Champions Tour, the PGA Tour's circuit for golfers 50 and older, only four golfers have won past the age of 62. And only one of those was 63.

How to Play the Golf Game Named English

"English" is the name of a golf game for a group of three golfers. On each hole, those three golfers split six points between them based on which of them made the low score, the middle score and the high score.

The Golf Course 'Burn': Do You Know What It Is?

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Golfers (and everyone else) in Scotland, England and some other Commonwealth countries know exactly what a "burn" is on a golf course. But Americans and other golfers mostly hear the term once a year, during the British Open.

Ralph Stonehouse, Golfer Who Hit First Shot in Masters History

Ralph Stonehouse was a highly respected PGA golf professional. He won on the PGA Tour. Today, he is largely forgotten by PGA Tour golf fans, however, except for one thing: Stonehouse played the very first stroke in the history of The Masters Tournament.

Explaining 'Alternate Tees' On a Golf Course

The term "alternate tees" in golf refers to a golf hole that has two separate sets of tee boxes. For our example, we'll call them Tee Box A and Tee Box B. Both tee boxes have the full set of tee markers: Tee Box A has forward, middle, back tees; Tee Box B has forward, middle, back tees.

How to Play the 3 In 1 Golf Format

The golf format named 3 In 1 (or Three in One, if you prefer spelling things out) is a game in which the partners remain the same throughout the round, but the format changes after every six holes. Three scoring formats in one round, hence the name.

JCPenney Classic Golf Tournament (Winners, Formats, History)

The JCPenney Classic golf tournament paired a PGA Tour player and an LPGA Tour player in a mixed team format. It took place from the early 1960s to the late 1990s.

LPGA Golfer and Major Champion Shirley Englehorn

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Shirley Englehorn's brief but productive LPGA Tour career was marked by one comeback from physical trauma, then more physical trauma from which she couldn't come back. Her tour career was essentially over at age 30, when she was coming off her best season and seemingly poised for bigger things to come.

List of Golfers in the LPGA Hall of Fame

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The LPGA Hall of Fame is one of the toughest honor halls in all of sports to get into. There are even LPGA golfers who are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame who are not yet members of the LPGA Tour's own hall! That's because LPGA Hall of Fame members are not elected through voting.

LPGA Hall of Fame Points (Criteria for Election)

The LPGA Tour maintains its own Hall of Fame, separate from the World Golf Hall of Fame. Most golfers in the LPGA Hall of Fame are also in the World Hall, and vice-versa — but not all. That's because the LPGA Hall of Fame uses points to elect its members.

Herman Keiser Biography: Golfer Was Dark-Horse Masters Champ

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Herman Keiser was a quiet but efficient golfer who, today, is one of the least-remembered major championship winners. But he did, in fact, outduel Ben Hogan to win the 1946 Masters Tournament.

Women's British Open Golf Courses: Where They've Played

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The Women's British Open is one of the major championships in women's golf and the LPGA Tour. And the roster of golf courses on which the tournament has taken place is a roster of some of England's and Scotland's best.

Senior PGA Championship Golf Courses: Where They've Played

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Which golf courses have played host to this tournament, one of the major championships of senior golf? Below is the list of golf courses where the Senior PGA Championship has taken place. It's the oldest senior major, founded in 1937, and the one run by the PGA of America.

Definition: Alternate Fairway in Golf

An "alternate fairway" in golf is a second fairway built on the same golf hole. When a golf hole offers the golfer the option to hit one fairway or to another on the same hole, that hole has alternate fairways.

What Is 'Rub of the Green' in Golf?

"Rub of the green" is an expression that, until December 31, 2018, appeared in the Rules of Golf. As of January 1, 2019, it is no longer used by the governing bodies (R&A and USGA). So the first answer to the question, "what is rub of the green," is that it is an archaic expression no longer used in the golf rules. OK, fine, so what was a "rub of the green" in golf?

Who Was the First International Winner of The Masters Tournament?

Did you know it took nearly 30 years before The Masters Tournament was won by a golfer who was not American in nationality? It's true, the first international winner of the tournament didn't happen until 1961. And can you guess that winner? We bet you can.

Every Double Eagle in Masters Tournament History

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A grand total of four double eagles (albatrosses) have been recorded in the entire history of The Masters Tournament, which dates to 1934. And those four double eagles have each happened on a different hole — no one hole at Augusta National Golf Club has yet seen a second albatross.

Worst Single-Hole Scores in Web.com Tour History

What are the highest scores in Web.com Tour history on a single hole? The PGA Tour's developmental tour keeps this record by hole type, so listed below are the highest scores in tour history on a par-3, on a par-4 and on a par-5. But what about the overall record? That's a 17.

The Golf Course Ball Washer

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The golf course ball washer is often found beside tee boxes for the convenience of golfers whose golf ball(s) have picked up some mud, dirt or debris. You want to tee off with clean balls, right? That's what the golf ball washer is for.

The Pro Golfers Who Were Hijacked to Cuba

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There's a book out called The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking by Brendan I. Koerner. It tells the story of a time in America when hijacking an airplane was commonplace, and not yet (at least most of the time) a deadly endeavor. A more "innocent" age of skyjacking, if you will.

How to Play the Golf Game Called Acey Ducey (or Aces and Deuces)

The golf betting game called Acey Ducey, or Aces and Deuces, is for groups of four golfers. On each hole, the low score (the "ace") wins an agreed upon amount from the other three players, and the high score (the "duece") loses an agreed upon amount to the other three players.

Worst Single-Hole Scores in Champions Tour History

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What are the highest scores ever recorded in a Champions Tour tournament for a single hole? The all-time record is 16, shared by three golfers: Mason Rudolph, Terry Dill and Bruce Crampton. Let's break it down by par-5s, par-4s and par3s.

How to Play the 'Beat the Worst' Golf Game

Beat the Worst is the name of a golf betting game for a group of four golfers (it also works for a three-ball). On each hole, one of those golfers is tasked with beating the worst score among the other three. If that golfer does so, he or she wins the bet.

Tiger Woods' Birthday: Everything You Wanted to Know (And Plenty You Didn't)

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Tiger Woods' birthday is December 30. His date of birth is December 30, 1975. He was born Eldrick Tont Woods in Cypress, Calif., the son of Earl Woods Sr. and Kultida "Tida" (Punsawad) Woods. Tiger is the only child of Earl and Tida (although Earl had several children from an earlier marriage).

Best PGA Tour Money List Finishes by Web.com Tour Grads in Their First Years

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How often do golfers who've graduated from the Web.com Tour finish high up the PGA Tour money list in their rookie PGA Tour seasons? It doesn't happen that often. But when a Web.com grad does pull off a good finish in their PGA Tour rookie seasons, it often signals a pretty good career is ahead.

When Did Augusta National Golf Club Open?

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Augusta National Golf Club first opened for play in December 1932, with its grand opening ceremonies in January 1933.

How to Play a Joker's Wild Golf Tournament

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Joker's Wild is the name of a golf tournament format that can be a very fun game for associations and playdays. It involves the use of suited playing cards, and it also involves a whole lot of luck.

Who Were the First Women Members at Augusta National Golf Club?

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Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore were the first women admitted as members at Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters Tournament, in Augusta, Ga. Their membership was announcement on Aug. 20, 2012.

Explaining the Golf Slang Term 'Mouth Wedge"

"Mouth wedge" is a golf slang term that basically means a golfer who talks way too much on the golf course ... or a golfer who talks a much better game than he plays.

How to Play the Favorite Holes Golf Game

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Favorite Holes is the name of a side bet for a group of golfers playing a golf course they all are familiar with. The game gives everyone in the group a chance to win a pot based on their scores on their favorite holes only.

Explaining the Golf Term 'Die In the Hole'

"Die in the hole" is a golf phrase applied to putts that just barely make it to the hole — but that do make it into the cup.

How to Play the 'In the Bucket' Golf Format (Also Called Sucker in the Bucket)

"In the Bucket" is a best-ball golf tournament format in which every fourth hole, one player from a four-person team is left "in the bucket" — his or her score must count as the team score.

Senior PGA Championship Winners

The Senior PGA Championship traces its origins to 1937, making it the oldest of the major championships in men's senior golf. And that means its list of winners includes many names from decades prior to the founding of the Champions Tour.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour Gaming Franchise (Where to Buy Now)

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The Tiger Woods PGA Tour videogame franchise was one of the most successful sports franchises in gaming history. It debuted in 1998, but ended after the final release in 2013. Created by Electronic Arts (EA Sports), more than 30 million units of the game were sold over its history — and more continue to be sold. That's because the Tiger Woods PGA Tour games are still readily available.

Golfer Bob Hamilton: PGA Champion, Age-Shooter Record-Holder

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Bob Hamilton was a PGA pro known as a great wedge player and whose greatest success was winning a PGA Championship in the 1940s. Decades later, he became the youngest golfer ever to shoot his age.

Warm-Season Grasses Used on Golf Courses

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"Warm-Season Grasses" are those grasses that grow best in warmer climates. How does this apply in golf? Golf courses in places where it gets hot will use warm-season grasses as a turfgrass of choice.

Definition of 'Above the Hole' in Golf

"Above the hole" is a golf term that fans of the game and newbies to the sport might hear on television broadcasts of tournaments, or while on their local golf course. What does it mean?

Sundowner Rounds and Sundowner Leagues in Golf

What is a "sundowner" in golf? This is a golf term with a couple meanings, but the most common one applies to tournaments. A sundowner tournament is one that is played late in the afternoon, typically nine holes in length, in which the golfers are trying to finish before the sun sets.

Did Michelle Wie Play Q-School?

How did Michelle Wie get her LPGA Tour membership? Did she play Q-School (the normal route) or was she granted or did she earn some special status?

Velcro Greens In Golf

"Velcro," when used as a slang term in golf, refers to the speed of the putting greens on a golf course. "Velcro greens" are ones that are very slow.

Let's Get Stony (Definition of the Golf Term)

What does the golf slang term "stony" mean? It means you've hit a great shot: When your golf ball comes to rest in close proximity to the hole on the green, you are "stony."

The Right Way to Take Divots On the Driving Range

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Did you know there is a right way, and two wrong ways, to take divots on the driving range? There are even terms for the right way (linear divots) and the wrong ways (scattered and concentrated).

Largest Margins of Victory Ever on the Champions Tour

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Which golfer holds the record for the largest winning margin in the history of the Champions Tour? Actually, two golfers hold that record, because the tour plays both 54-hole tournaments and 72-hole tournaments. And Bernhard Langer and Fred Funk are those two recordholders; Langer is the overall lead in margin-of-victory for the senior set.

How Long Did It Take Tiger Woods to Reach No. 1 After Turning Pro?

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When did Tiger Woods first hit No. 1 in the world golf rankings? It happened less than one year after he made his debut as a professional golfer. So the answer to the question in the headline — how long did it take? — is eight months and two weeks.

What Is the Dance Floor in Golf?

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In golf, the term "dance floor" is a slang term that means the putting green. If your ball is on the green, on the putting surface, you are "on the dance floor."

How to Play the Auto Win Golf Game

"Auto Win" is the name of a golf game for groups of golfers of any number — a group of two, three or four can play it. The crux of Auto Win is that holes are automatically won by a golfer who accomplishes one of three set achievements per hole. What are those three things? The standard troika is this:

Explaining the 'Stealies' Golf Bet

"Stealies" is the name of a golf wagering game that a group of golfers can play in conjunction with a closest-to-the-pin (KP) bet. It gives the losers of the closest-to-the-pin bet a chance to steal the pot.

Michelle Wie's Fiancé (and Former Boyfriend Files)

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Who is Michelle Wie dating? Her current boyfriend — the man to whom she is now engaged — comes from basketball royalty. Her most well-known past boyfriend was also a basketball player. And her college boyfriend? A 7-footer who now plays in the NBA. Hey, when you're tall like Wiezy, you have a preference for tall beaus, boos and baes.

Big Break Ireland: Winner and Cast Members

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Big Break Ireland was a television series that aired on the Golf Channel in 2011. It was the 16th season in the network's The Big Break franchise. Taping took place at K Club in Kildare, Ireland. The first episode aired on Sept. 20, 2011.

The Only PGA Tour Golfers With Multiple Rounds of 60 and Lower

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In the long history of the PGA Tour, only three golfers (so far) have carded multiple rounds of 60 or lower.

2018 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

This was the 40th time the Curtis Cup was played and Team USA dominated with a 14-point victory. Following this result, the overall series standing was 30 wins for Team USA, 10 wins for Team GB&I.

2016 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

This was the 39th time the Curtis Cup was played, and following the Team GB&I victory the overall series standing was 29 wins for Team USA, 10 for GB&I.

Champions Tour Player of the Year Award Winners

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The Player of the Year Award on the Champions Tour is officially named the Jack Nicklaus Award. Nicklaus, however, never won it, because he simply didn't play enough tournaments.

2014 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

Team USA coasted to victory in the 38th edition of the Curtis Cup. With this result, the overall series standing was 29 wins for the USA, nine for GB&I.

2012 Curtis Cup: Comeback Win for GB&I

Team GB&I eked out a one-point victory in the 37th edition of the Curtis Cup. With this result, the overall standing in the series history was 28 wins for Team USA, nine wins for Team GB&I.

Golfer Ben Sayers Biography

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A renowned ball- and clubmaker who also designed golf courses and worked as a golf instructor, Ben Sayers was an excellent golfer from the 1870s into the 19-teens. He was also a colorful character known to turn cartwheels in celebration on the golf course.

2010 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

This was the 36th time the Curtis Cup was played. Following the Team USA victory, the overall series standing was 28 wins for Team USA, eight wins for Team GB&I.

2008 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 35th Curtis Cup match was the first one played under an expanded, three-day, Ryder Cup-style format. Team USA was the victor, and with this result the overall series standing was 27 wins for the USA, eight for GB&I.

Do You Have to Remove the Flagstick Before Putting?

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Here's the situation: Your golf ball is on the putting green and you are lining up your putt. The flagstick stands in the hole. Do you have to take that flagstick out before you putt? Or, at least, have someone tend the flag and remove it before your ball reaches the cup?

2006 Curtis Cup Winner and Match Scores

The 34th Curtis Cup went to Team USA by a comfortable margin. With the result here, the overall standing in the series was 26 wins for the USA, eight for GB&I.

2004 Curtis Cup Result and Match Scores

This was the 33rd time the Curtis Cup was played, and Team USA claimed the close victory. Following this result, the overall series standing was 25 wins for the USA, eight for GB&I.

2019 Walker Cup

The 2019 Walker Cup will be the 47th time the tournament is played. The Walker Cup is a biennial tournament for top male amateur golfers, between teams representing Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) and the United States (USA). The USA leads the overall series with a 36-9-1 record.

2017 Walker Cup: USA Dominates

The 2017 Walker Cup resulted in a runaway victory for Team USA. Following this result, the overall standing in the series was 36 wins for Team USA, nine for Team GB&I and one tie.

2009 Walker Cup: Winner and Match Results

It was a seven-point victory for Team USA at the 2009 Walker Cup, which was the 42nd time the tournament was played. With this result, the overall standing in series history was 34 wins for Team USA, seven for Team GB&I, and one tie.

Can Any Club Be Used to Measure Club-Lengths Under the Golf Rules?

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At various points in the rules of golf, golfers are told to measure one "club-length" or two "club-lengths" in order to conduct a drop. The drop might be free relief from, for example, abnormal course conditions, or it might be a penalty drop. Either way, the rules tell us to use "club-lengths." That means taking out a golf club and laying it on the ground to measure from where your ball is to where the drop area is. Which brings us to the question in the headline: Can you use any club in your bag to measure a club-length? Can you use a long putter?

2007 Walker Cup Winner and Match Results

Team USA eked out the one-point victory in the 2007 Walker Cup, the 41st time this tournament was played. Following that result, the overall standing in the series was 33 wins for Team USA, seven for Team GB&I and one tie.

2011 Walker Cup: GB&I Edges USA

The 2011 Walker Cup was the 43rd time the tournament was played. Following the GB&I victory, the overall record in the event was 33 wins for Team USA, nine for Team GB&I, and one tie.

2013 Walker Cup Winner and Match Scores

An 8-point win was Team USA's largest since the 1997 Walker Cup. Following this result, the all-time standing in the tournament was 34 wins for Team USA, nine for Team GB&I, and one tie.

Is It Caddie or Caddy in Golf?

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We often run into two different spellings of the golf word for a person who carries the golf bag for a golfer: "caddie" and "caddy." Which is correct? It's "caddie." The proper spelling, in a golf context, of this word is always with the "ie" on the end, never with the "y" on the end.

2005 Walker Cup: USA By a Single Point

This was the 40th time the Walker Cup was played, and Team USA eked out a one-point victory. Following this result, the overall standings in tournament history were 32 wins by the United States, seven by GB&I and one tie.

2015 Walker Cup: Easy Win for GB&I

Team GB&I posted its largest margin of victory yet at the 2015 Walker Cup, winning by seven points. After this result, the overall standing in the match was 35 wins for Team USA, nine for GB&I and one tie.

18-Hole Scoring Record on the Champions Tour

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What are the lowest scores for a round of golf ever recorded on the Champions Tour? So far, there has been only one sub-60 round, but also 14 rounds of 60. Let's find out which 50-and-over golfers have gone the lowest on the world's top senior circuit.

2003 Walker Cup: Third Win In a Row for Great Britain & Ireland

For the third consecutive Walker Cup, the winner was Team GB&I. (GB&I had never won consecutively prior to the 2001 Walker Cup.) Following this result, the overall standings were 31 wins by the United States, seven wins for GB&I and one tie.

2001 Walker Cup: GB&I 15, USA 9

Team GB&I defeated Team USA in the 2001 Walker Cup, making it two wins in a row for the GB&I side — the first time in Walker Cup history that happened. With this result, the overall standing of the series was 31 wins for Team USA, six wins for Team GB&I and one tie.

1999 Walker Cup: GB&I 15, USA 9

Team Great Britain & Ireland defeated Team USA for just the fifth time in tournament history at the 1999 Walker Cup. After the GB&I victory, the overall standings were 31 wins for Team USA, five for Team GB&I, and one tie.

1997 Walker Cup: USA 18, GB&I 6

This was the 36th time the Walker Cup was played, and it resulted in the second-largest winning margin (12 points) to this point in the tournament's history. Following Team United States' victory of Team Great Britain & Ireland, the USA had 31 wins in the Walker Cup, GB&I four, with one Cup halved.

How to Play the Sixes Golf Format

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Sixes is a game for groups of four golfers, who pair off for 2-vs.-2 play. The catch: Players rotate partners after every six holes so that each member of the group, over the course of the round, partners with every other member.

Lowest Winning Scores Ever on the Champions Tour

Which golfers from the senior set have posted the lowest winning scores in the history of the Champions Tour? Below is the list. We've included only 72-hole tournaments here, and included only winning scores for the purposes of this record.

Walter Hagen Quotes (Plus a Few Quotations About Him)

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Walter Hagen is one of the all-time great golfers. The 1920s were his decade, but he won his first majors in the 1910s and won his last PGA Tour title in the 1930s. He was one of the biggest stars in all of sports in the Roarin' '20s and, according to some sports historians, the first professional athlete to become a millionaire. Which makes one of his quotes — "I never wanted to be a millionaire. I just wanted to live like one" — even better. "No one remembers who came in second," Hagen would say. And sometimes, arriving to a tournament site, he would ask the other golfers, "Who's going to come in second this week?" Hagen thrived on attention and pressure. At the 1919 U.S. Open, trailing Mike Brady by one stroke on the final hole, Hagen called for Brady to come out of the clubhouse and watch Hagen's attempt at a tying putt. He made the putt, then beat Brady in the playoff. Another time, facing a 10-foot putt to win a tournament, Hagen…

Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles

The Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles is a golf tournament that was played on the European Tour 14 times in the early 21st century. The tournament was discontinued after it was skipped in 2014 so that the host facility could play host to the Ryder Cup instead.