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Golfers Who Won Both The Players and Senior Players Championships

The Players Championship, run by the PGA Tour, is often called "the fifth major" to denote its status as the fifth-most-important tournament on the PGA Tour (after only the four actual majors). The Senior Players Championship, run by the Champions Tour, really is a major, one of the five majors of men's senior professional golf. Have any golfers won both these prestigious tournaments?

All the Winners of the Senior Players Championship Tournament

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The Senior Players Championship is the Champions Tour's version of the PGA Tour's Players Championship. (In fact, the winner of the Senior Players gets into the field at Players.) It is also one of the major championships of men's senior (50-and-over) professional golf.

The Whack and Hack Golf Format Explained

"Whack and Hack" is the name of a golf tournament format that combines a four-player team's best ball and worst ball on each hole — unless the best ball is a birdie or better. In that case, the team gets a very nice bonus.

What Was a Spade, or Spade Mashie, in Golf?

"Spade mashie," which was often shortened to just "spade," was a golf club from the early 20th century, before golf irons carried numbers (such as 6-iron). In its use and its relation to other irons in a golfer's bag, the spade mashie was essentially a 6-iron.

11 Golfers Who Won Both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open

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In the history of the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open golf tournaments, which began at the same time in 1895, how many golfers have managed to win both of them? A total of 11 — so far. The first to do it was Francis Ouimet, and the most recent is Tiger Woods.

All Winners of the U.S. Amateur Championship Golf Tournament

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The United States Amateur Championship, more commonly called the U.S. Amateur, is the top tournament for male amateur golfers in America. It is run by the United States Golf Association (USGA). Most observers consider it the most-important tournament for amateur men golfers in the world.

The Short Side: What It Means to Be 'Short Sided' in Golf

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What is the "short side" of the green? When you hear an announcer during a golf broadcast say, "she short-sided herself with that shot," what does that mean? These terms refer to the position of the flagstick on the putting green, and the golfer's position relative to it.

Golfer Craig Wood: Hard-Luck Loser to Major Champ, Hall of Fame

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Craig Wood won two major championships in the year of 1941, but before that he was known for his losses in majors: He was the first player in golf history to lose all four men's majors in extra holes. But he was a consistent winner from the late 1920s through the early 1940s, and was known for prodigious length off the tee.

How to Play the 'Putt for Dough' Golf Game

Putt for Dough is the name of a golf game in which points are awarded for made putts on each hole. But not just any putts — one-putts. And the value of those one-putts is determined by distance.

What Is a Golf Tournament Proxy Contest?

"Proxy contest" is a collective name for several distance-related bonus games that organizers of some golf tournaments — charity tournaments, corporate outings, association playdays and the like — include as part of the day's play. We're talking about things such as closest-to-the-pin contests.

Golfers Who Won the Week Before Winning a Major

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How often has a tour player won a "regular" PGA Tour tournament one week, then won a major championship the following week? Not very often! It's a rare achievement. But it does happen every so often.

How to Play the 'Joker Stableford' Golf Format

Have you ever heard of a golf game called Joker Stableford? It's a fun game for a group of two, three or four golfers, ideal for friendly wagering or just bragging rights. The bottom line: Joker Stableford is played using Modified Stableford scoring, but you get to double your points on one or more holes that you select before the round begins.

2020 PGA Championship Winner and Scores

The 2020 PGA Championship was the 102nd time this tournament, one of the four major championships of men's professional golf, was played.

Golfers Who Won the Most PGA Championships

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A golfer who wins the PGA Championship once is doing something very few tour golfers will ever do: win a major. A golfer who wins the PGA Championship twice joins an exclusive club of multiple major winners. But a golfer who wins the PGA Championship three times or more? That's much harder to do, so hard that only five golfers (so far) have accomplished the feat.

Golfer Lew Worsham: U.S. Open Champ, Earliest TV Winner

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Lew Worsham was a professional golfer who won on the PGA Tour and also had a long and distinguished career as a club professional. He is best-known as a U.S. Open champion, but he also was an important player in the earliest days of televised golf.

PGA Championship Winners Who Were the Sons of PGA Pros

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The PGA Championship is one of the four majors of men's professional golf. It was founded in 1916 and has always been run by the PGA of America, the trade organization for club professionals across the United States. One can imagine that if you grew up the son of a PGA of America golf professional, then, that winning the PGA Championship would have a little extra meaning for you. And that is exactly what the sons of PGA Professionals who have won the PGA Championship say.

Largest Margin of Victory in a PGA Championship

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The PGA Championship was first played in 1916, and it is the only of the men's major championships that has used two different formats of play over its history: first match play, then stroke play. Below are the biggest winning margins in tournament history for both those eras.

72-Hole Scoring Record at the PGA Championship

What are the lowest stroke totals in PGA Championship history? The best final score yet posted is 264, and it happened very recently. That lowered the previous record, which had been established in 2001, by one stroke.

18-Hole Scoring Record at the PGA Championship

Who has scored the lowest round in PGA Championship? Lots of guys, it turns out. The 18-hole scoring record in this major championship of men's golf is 63, and there are almost 20 golfers now who share it — even though it was first posted nearly 50 years ago.

What 'Less Club' or 'Take Less Club' Means in Golf

Golfers sometimes use the term "less club" out on the course, speaking about themselves or other golfers, perhaps in expressions such as "you need less club" or "I'm taking one less club this time." What those terms all mean is that the golfer needs or is going to switch to a golf club that produces less distance.

'Big Break Disney Golf' Winner, Cast

Big Break Disney Golf is the name of the 12th season of the Golf Channel television series The Big Break, in which golfers competed in skills challenges and golf matches, with golfer(s) eliminated each week. Big Break Disney Golf aired in Fall 2009, with the first episode debuting on October 13, 2009.

What Is a Parkland Golf Course (or 'Park Course')?

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"Parkland" is one the different classifications of golf course that are based on geography and design elements. A parkland golf course is one that is built on lush, grassy territory, typically with plenty of trees, and in an inland location away from coastlines.

Youngest Winners in Pro Golf History

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The youngest-ever winner of a pro golf tournament on a professional golf tour was only 14 years old at the time of the victory. Who was it? Let's answer that question, plus go over some of the other youngest-known winners in the history of professional golf tournaments.

What 'More Club' or 'Taking More Club' Means in Golf

On the golf course, you'll sometimes hear the term "more club," perhaps in expressions such as "you need more club" or "I'm taking one more club this time." What those terms all mean is that the golfer needs or is going to switch to a golf club that produces more distance.

Does a Hot Day or Cold Day Affect Golf Club Distances?

Does the temperature of the air around you when you are playing golf affect how far you hit the golf ball? To ask it another way: Is golf club distance affected by how hot or how cold it is outside?

Explaining the Medalist in Golf

What, or who, is the "medalist" in golf? "Medalist" is a golf term that applies to the winner of a stroke-play tournament or to the low-scorer in stroke-play qualifying rounds prior to the start of a match-play tournament.

Golfer Glenna Collett Vare Biography

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Glenna Collett Vare is considered the greatest American female golfer of the pre-World War II era, an era when professional tournaments for women were nonexistent. In the biggest event she could play, the U.S. Women's Amateur, Collett Vare set tournament records that still stand today, including most victories (six).

Definition of Member's Bounce

"Member's bounce" is a slang term some golfers use as a synonym for a lucky bounce or a lucky break.

Golfers Who Won Their First-Ever Champions Tour Tournament

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Golfers are eligible to join the Champions Tour as soon as they turn 50 years old. But there's joining the Champions Tour, and there's winning on the Champions Tour. Winning one's first senior tour event is something that never happens for the vast majority of golfers in Champions Tour history. For others, though, it's something that happened incredibly fast — for a select few, win No. 1 on the world's top senior circuit happened in the very first Champions Tour tournament they played.

What Was the 'Mashie Iron' in Golf?

"Mashie iron" was the name of a golf club from the era in the game before irons were numbered in 8- or 9-club matched sets (3-iron, 4-iron, 5-iron, etc.). The mashie iron is usually thought of as the rough equivalent to the later 4-iron in terms of its loft and position in the golf bag relative to the other clubs golfers carried.

What Is 'the Turn' (and 'Making the Turn') on a Golf Course?

"The turn" is an expression golfers use to denote the part of the golf course where the front nine turns into the back nine. When you've reached "the turn," you've reached the halfway point of an 18-hole golf course. So "making the turn" means leaving the front nine and moving on to the back nine.

All-Time Record: Most Birdies in Champions Tour Tournament

What is the record for most total birdies by a golfer in a single Champions Tour tournament? That record is 28, and it is shared, not surprisingly, by two Hall of Famers. But, in what is a surprise, those two golfers set the record in major championships.

'Laying 3,' 'Lie 4': What Those Golf Score Terms Mean

On a television broadcast of a golf tournament, you might hear an announcer say, "She's laying three." Or on a golf course, you might an exchange between golfers: "What do you lie?" "I lie four." What do those terms mean? They are scoring terms that tell you how many strokes the golfer has played so far.

Last Man Standing Golf Format Explained

"Last Man Standing" is the name of a golf competition format. In Last Man Standing, golfers begin with an allotment of strokes and they play until those strokes are gone. The one who makes it farthest around the golf course is the winner.

Arlington Hotel Open (aka Hot Springs Open)

The Arlington Hotel Open, which was also called in some years the Hot Springs Open, was a 72-hole, PGA Tour golf tournament played nine times from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s. It took place in Arkansas.

LPGA Tour 9-Hole Scoring Record

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What is the best 9-hole score in the history of the LPGA Tour? That record is 27, and it is shared by multiple golfers. That score was first recorded in 2005.

PGA Tour Winner Dudley Wysong

Dudley Wysong won on the PGA Tour in the 1960s, but he is probably better-remembered today for a pair of second-place finishes. He was runner-up in a PGA Championship five years after he raced through the field at a U.S. Amateur only to find Jack Nicklaus waiting in the championship match.

How to Play a 'Best Holes' Golf Tournament

Best Holes is the name of a golf tournament format (or a game for a group golf buddies to play) in which only a golfer's best scores from throughout the round are tallied to produce his or her tournament score.

Mickey Wright Invitational (LPGA Tournament)

The Mickey Wright Invitational was a golf tournament on the LPGA Tour in the 1960s. It was named after the tour's biggest winner of that era and, not surprisingly, she won this tournament more than anyone else.

The Honey Pot in Golf

"Honey pot" is a name for a golf tournament's bonus pool or, sometimes, for its prize purse.

Simone de la Chaume: Bio of French Golf Pioneer

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Simone de la Chaume was a pioneer of women's golf in France who recorded a couple of notable firsts in British tournaments in the 1920s. She remained the dominant female golfer in France through the pre-World War II period. De la Chaume was one-half of a glamorous sports couple, and that couple's daughter later outdid her mother on the golf course.

What Is a 'Hanging Lie' in Golf?

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"Hanging lie" is one of those golf terms that sometimes means different things to different people. In all cases, though, it refers to playing a shot when the golf ball is sitting on a slope.

9-Hole Scoring Record on the Champions Tour

What is the lowest score for nine holes — the front nine or the back nine — in a Champions Tour round? That record score is 27 and it has, so far, only been recorded twice in Champions Tour history ... and not since 2002.

Bio of PGA Tour Golfer Bert Yancey

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Bert Yancey was a 7-time winner on the PGA Tour during the 1960s and 1970s, and had several good opportunities to win major championships. But his career was first impacted by, then derailed by, mental health issues that were, for a long time, undiagnosed. When finally properly treated, the medicine caused hand tremors that ended his PGA Tour career.

The Criers and Whiners Golf Format Explained

Criers and Whiners is the name of a golf format that can be used as a betting game by a group of buddies, or as a tournament format. The gist of it is this: In Criers and Whiners, your course handicap is converted into mulligans that you can use during the round.

That Time a PGA Tour Golfer Was Fined for Farting

Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1959. The Memphis Open, the tournament later known as the FedEx St. Jude Classic, is underway. Three PGA Tour golfers stand on a green, looking over their putts. One of them, the one farthest from the hole, approaches his ball and prepares to take his stance. The other two golfers stop moving and go silent; a hush falls over the gathered fans. Then, suddenly, a loud sound shatters the silence, taking everyone by surprise. What was it — a car backfiring? A clap of thunder, a distant gunshot?

Explaining the Condor Golf Score (With Examples)

What is a "condor" in golf? That's the name given to an extremely rare, exceedingly rare — so rare that it almost never happens — score of 4-under par on a golf hole.

Definition: 'Collar' on a Golf Green

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We sometimes hear golfers (or golf commentators) refer to the collar of a putting green. What is the collar? It is a ring of turfgrass around some greens that is slightly higher the grass of the putting green itself.

7 Golfers Who Won Both the U.S. Women's Amateur and U.S. Women's Open

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The U.S. Women's Amateur Championship has been around since 1895, but the U.S. Women's Open wasn't first played until 1946. So, since 1946, how many golfers have won both of the two most prestigious USGA championships for women? Only seven.

Bio of Golfer Jimmy Adams

Jimmy Adams was a Scottish golfer who won multiple times on the British and European circuits of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. He was distinguished by having a very long backswing that went well past parallel, ala John Daly.

What Is a Chunk Shot in Golf?

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The chunk shot, in golf, is a type of mishit in which the golfer's club hits the ground behind the ball before hitting the golf ball itself. The result of a chunk is rarely good, and often quite bad. A typical outcome is that the ball travels a considerably shorter distance than the golfer hoped — just how much distance is lost being tied to just how badly the ball was chunked.

PGA Tour Kentucky Derby Open Tournament

The Kentucky Derby Open was a men's professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour in the 1950s. It was played in late April or early May, just before or just after the weekend of the Kentucky Derby horse race.

How a 7-Minute Wait in the Phoenix Open Led to Golf's 10-Second Rule

Once upon a time, a PGA Tour golfer waited so long to see if his ball would fall into the cup that the USGA and R&A created the 10-second rule. How long did that golfer wait, watching as his ball sat on the lip, hoping it would fall into the hole? Seven minutes.

2021 Ryder Cup: When, Where, Qualification, Format

The 2021 Ryder Cup will be the 43rd time the tournament is played. Team United States and Team Europe face off, each comprised of 12 male professional golfers. The all-time standing of the matches is 26 wins for Team USA, 14 for Team Europe, two ties.

The Lakes Open, Australian Golf Tournament

The Lakes Open was an Australian men's professional golf tournament played from the mid-1930s through the mid-1970s, although with several gaps including due to World War II. It was named after its location: The tournament was always played at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney.

How to Play a Choker Tournament in Golf

A Choker Tournament is a golf format for three- or four-person teams in which one person per team, on every hole, is put on the spot: come up with a decent score, or choke and hurt your team's chances. There are several different ways to play a Choker, but the key point is this:

Bio of Golfer Georgianna Bishop

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Georgianna Bishop was one of the early winners of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. Her competitive golf career began in the 1800s and she continued playing tournament golf through the first quarter of the 20th century.

What Is a 'Chicken Stick' in Golf?

In golf, "chicken stick" is a slang term for a golf club that a golfer chooses over a different club because he is being cautious. Or, as that golfer's buddies might tease him, because he is too scared — too chicken — to attempt the more aggressive shot.

Center-Shafted Putters Pros and Cons

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A "center-shafted putter" is one in which the shaft attaches to the putter's clubhead at or near the center relative to the clubface. Many putters have a sightline, an aiming aid, on the top of the putter head to mark the center of the putter's clubface. A putter with a center shaft is a putter whose shaft enters the clubhead closer to that sightline than to the heel.

Golfer June Beebe: Winner of Two LPGA Majors

June Beebe was a Chicago-area golf champion of the 1930s who, today, is quite obscure. In her own time, she rarely competed outside of Chicago. But she did have two wins in an early women's open tournament that give her a lasting legacy: Beebe was a 2-time LPGA major championship winner.

Golfer Bob Martin: Bio of 2-Time Open Champion

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Bob Martin was a Scottish golfer born in the 1850s who won a pair of British Open titles and had several other near-misses. He was known for playing a set of clubs almost devoid of irons, and for often using the same, single club for driving, approaching and putting.

The Cart Jockey in Golf

"Cart jockey" is a term applied to golf course staff members whose job it is to assist golfers with their carts and golf bags, and to help maintain the course's fleet of golf carts. The actual job title might be cart attendant, bag attendant, golfer services attendant, client services attendant or even just customer service representative. But golfers know them as cart jockeys.

41 Slang Terms Golfers Have for the Rough

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No golfer tries to hit it into the rough, and maybe that's why we have so many different ways to referring to the rough. We need to get creative to describe something we are trying to avoid.

Dallas Reunion Pro-Am Tournament on the Champions Tour

The Dallas Reunion Pro-Am was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour that was played under various names but always in the Dallas area. It was played 11 times from the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s.

Here Is Every Time the 'Big 3' (Nicklaus, Palmer, Player) Finished 1-2-3

Golf's "Big 3." There have been other big threes in golf history (even famous ones, such as the Great Triumvirate), but none is more famous or more accomplished than the Big 3: Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. Between them, they won 159 PGA Tour titles and 34 major championship titles. But how often did they finish first, second and third in the same golf tournament?

What It Means to Sclaff a Golf Shot

"Sclaff" is an old golf term, rarely used today, that is a synonym for a fat shot. If you hit it fat, caught it fat, chunked it, chili-dipped it, laid the sod over it, then you sclaffed it.

The Golf Score Called a 'Buzzard' (With Examples)

Buzzard is a slang term in golf that means a score of 2-over par on a hole. Buzzard, in other words, is a synonym for a double bogey.

Has Any Golfer Won the U.S. Junior, Amateur, Open and Senior Open?

There are four, individual USGA championships for men that stand out from the rest, four tournaments that span a golfer's competition lifetime: the U.S. Junior Amateur, the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open. Have any golfers won all four of these championships?

Ossie Pickworth: Bio of Australian Golfer

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Ossie Pickworth was one of the winningest golfers in the Australian pro ranks in the late 1940s, early 1950s, but he almost never played outside of his home country. He was also one of the most colorful players, a super-fast-playing, smooth-swinging man from Manly with a cigarette dangling and a colorful (sometimes off-color) quip at the ready.

Explaining the Golf Game Named 'Bridge'

Bridge is the name of a golf game that, like the card game bridge, begins with an opening bid. There ends the similarity between card bridge and golf Bridge, however. In the golf game Bridge, golfers bid on the number of strokes they think they can play each hole in.

Oldest Winners in PGA Tour History

Who are the oldest winners in the history of the PGA Tour? So far, only seven golfers in tour history over the age of 50 have won an official PGA Tour tournament. There are several Hall of Famers on that list, too, and the oldest of them all was also one of the greatest of them all.

The Brassie (or 'Brassy') Golf Club

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What was the golf club called a "brassie"? It was the equivalent of a modern fairway wood (most often associated with a 2-wood) that was used by golfers starting in the late 1800s.

Dawn Coe-Jones: Bio of the LPGA Winner

Dawn Coe-Jones was a longtime member of the LPGA Tour and one of the leaders of a wave of Canadian golfers who arrived on the LPGA in the early to mid-1980s. She won multiple times on tour, but passed away in her 50s due to cancer.

Explaining the Meaning of 'Bite' in Golf

"Bite! Bite!" Golfers sometimes yell that at a golf ball in flight. Or a television announcer might say, "She's going to have to get this one to bite fast if she's playing to that part of the green." What does "bite" mean in golf?

Ampol Tournament Winners (Australian Golf Tournament)

The Ampol Tournament was a men's professional golf tournament played annually (sometimes twice annually) in Australia from the late 1940s to the late 1950s. It was named for its title sponsor Ampol, a petroleum company.

Playing the 'Best At Something' Golf Game

"Best At Something" is the name of a points-based game for a group of golfers in which all the golfers are playing their own golf balls throughout. (It can't be played with, say, alternate shot.) The game awards points to golfers for positive achievements, and subtracts points for negative achievements.

What Ever Happened to Sophie Sandolo of Big Break Ka'anapali?

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Where is Sophie Sandolo today? Sandolo was a cast member on Big Break Ka'anapali, which was the ninth season of the Golf Channel series The Big Break. She made it all the way to the end, too, before losing in the championship match.

2021 Curtis Cup: Dates, Location, Teams

The 2021 Curtis Cup was originally scheduled to be played in 2020. However, it was postponed by one year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The 2021 Curtis Cup will be the 41st time this competition between teams of amateur women golfers representing Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) and the United States (USA) is played. The current standings over the event's history are 29 wins for Team USA, eight wins for GB&I, with three ties.

How to Play the Bag Raid Golf Game

Bag Raid is the name of a game for two golfers who are playing match play, and it forces those golfers to get creative as clubs are removed from their bags. In short, in Bag Raid the golfer who loses a hole gets to remove one golf club from her opponent's bag.

What Ever Happened to Kim Welch of Big Break Ka'anapali?

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Where is Kim Welch today? Welch was the champion of Season 9 of the Golf Channel series, The Big Break. That season, which was named Big Break Ka'anapali, ended with Welch winning the title in the 18-hole championship match.

Bio of Golfer Lou Graham, U.S. Open Winner

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Lou Graham was a steady if unglamorous golfer on the PGA Tour from the 1960s into the 1980s, with a game built around straight driving and course management. "If you try to fight the course, it will beat you," was one of his principles of play. And that served him well in one of the biggest tournaments in golf — the U.S. Open, which he won once.

'Big Break Myrtle Beach' Winner, Cast

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Big Break Myrtle Beach was the 22nd season of the Golf Channel series The Big Break, in which a cast of golfers competed in challenges and matches, with one eliminated each week. Big Break Myrtle Beach aired late in 2014, with the series premiere televised on October 7, 2014.

Definitions: 'Back Door' and 'Back Door Putt'

The terms "back door" and "back door putt" refer to the back lip of the cup as you are putting toward the hole on the putting green. When a ball rolls toward the cup and falls in off the back edge, it went in the back door. The golfer who putted that ball just made a back-door putt.

Ryder Cup Golf Courses: Where It's Been Played

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The Ryder Cup has been around since 1927, pitting Team USA first again Team Great Britain, then Great Britain & Ireland, and today Team Europe. And this international match play extravaganza has visited many great golf courses around Britain, Europe and the United States.

The Fivesome in Golf (And Why Some Courses Don't Allow It)

"Fivesome" is a golf term that means five golfers are playing together as a group. Different golfers, and golf courses, have different attitudes about fivesomes. What is key to know about them is that many golf courses don't allow golfers to play in groups of five.

PGA Tour Rubber City Open Winners

The Rubber City Open was a golf tournament played on the PGA Tour in the 1950s. It was played in Akron, Ohio, the city nicknamed "Rubber City" because it was the hometown of Goodyear and had a long history of rubber the automobile tire manufacturing.

Looking Back: The 'American Ball' and 'British Ball'

Once upon a time, the USGA and the R&A, the two governing bodies of golf, had different rules concerning the sizes of golf balls. The USGA's mandated minimum size was ever-so-slightly larger than the R&A's mandated minimum size. So the USGA's ball was sometimes called the big ball, and the R&A's the small ball. More often, they were simply referred to as the American ball and the British ball.

Meaning of 'Away' In Golf (You're Away, Who's Away)

On a golf course you'll often hear golfers ask, "Who's away?" or hear one say to another, "You're away." What does that mean, anyway? If you're a beginner you might not yet be familiar with the golf usage of "away." And here's what it means in that golf usage:

Golfers Who Won the Most USGA Championships

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The United States Golf Association, or USGA, conducts many championship tournaments every year. Which golfers have won the most over their careers? Two legends share the all-time record with nine USGA championships each.

What Is an 'Air Shot' in Golf?

An "air shot" is something that no golfer wants, because if you just had an air shot, you missed the golf ball entirely. That's right, an "air shot" is a swing and a miss.

All Winners of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

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The U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), is the pre-eminent amateur tournament in the United States for women golfers. It is also ranked by most golf observers as the most-important tournament for women amateurs (the British Women's Championship being the other "amateur major" for women) around the world. The U.S. Women's Amateur was first played in 1895, and the full list of champions appears below.

Golfer Tommy Horton: Bio of the British Favorite

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Tommy Horton was an English pro golfer who won tournaments before the creation of the European Tour, and also after. He was a Ryder Cup player and a respected and well-liked player behind the scenes of British and European golf for decades. He also was the first star of the newly created European Seniors Tour.

Most Strokes Under Par: The LPGA Record-Holders

How low can they go? On the LPGA Tour they can go very low, indeed. The tour's all-time record for most strokes under par in a tournament is 31-under-par, established in 2018. Let's take a look a that record, plus the list of the lowest scores in relation to par in LPGA history.

How to Play the Golf Game Named Derby or Horse Race

Derby, also called Horse Race, is the name of a golf game in which 19 golfers tee off on the first hole, then one golfer per hole is eliminated. By the 18th hole, only two golfers will be left teeing off, and the one who wins that hole wins the Horse Race, or Derby.

History, List of Ryder Cup Assistant Captains

Every other year at the Ryder Cup, the two team captains are helped by assistant captains of their own choosing. Those Ryder Cup assistants today are called "vice captains," and in recent Cups their ranks have swelled to around five per side.

Golfer Mary Lou Dill, Amateur Champ, Teaching Pioneer

Mary Lou Dill was a U.S. Women's Amateur champion from Texas who bypassed playing on the LPGA Tour to focus instead on being a teaching professional. In that role, she helped pioneer video instruction.

Ryder Cup Captains: The Full List

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The list of Ryder Cup captains goes back to 1927, when the biennial tournament began. Every other year, the best male, professional golfers from Europe and the United States face off in this match play tournament, each team led by its captain.

Recalling the Daily Telegraph Foursomes Tournament and Its Interesting Format

The Daily Telegraph Foursomes Tournament was played in England in the late 1940s to early 1950s. It had an interesting format: a touring professional partnered with a top amateur.

How to Play the Oozles and Foozles Golf Game

Oozles are good and foozles are bad. That's the first thing you need to know about the golf betting game named Oozles and Foozles. It's a game that focuses on the golfer who is closest-to-the-hole, and who wins money — that golfer or the other golfers in the group — depends on whether that golfer gets in the hole in fewer than three putts, or in three putts or more.

Bio of English Pro Golfer Reg Horne

Reg Horne was an English golfer who won tournaments in the 1940s and 1950s. He also came close to winning the British Open, finishing a stroke out of a playoff after late troubles in 1947.

Golfers Who Lost the Most Ryder Cup Singles Matches

In the history of the Ryder Cup, there are (so far) seven golfers who've each lost at least six singles matches. And the recordholder? That is Christy O'Connor, who, over the course of his long Ryder Cup career, lost 10 singles matches.

The Dreaded Foozle in Golf

"Wow, you really foozled that one," is something no golfer ever wants to hear on the golf course. And most golfers probably haven't heard it — "foozle" has always been a golf slang term used more in some places than others, and it's not used anywhere today as much as it once was.

Golfer Johnny Goodman: Last Amateur to Win a Major

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Johnny Goodman grew up in extreme poverty, learned golf in the caddie ranks, then rode his short, compact swing to glory: U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur victories. He was the last amateur golfer to win the U.S. Open (which he accomplished before he had even won the Amateur), and he first came to fame with a shocking, first-round upset of Bobby Jones.

LPGA Tour Patty Berg Classic Golf Tournament

The Patty Berg Classic was a golf tournament on the LPGA Tour in the 1970s that was played near St. Paul, Minnesota. The event paid homage to LPGA legend Patty Berg, who was born in Minneapolis.

Golfer Jerilyn Britz: Bio of U.S. Women's Open Winner

Jerilyn Britz played the LPGA Tour from the mid-1970s into the late 1990s. And while she didn't win a lot, she did win the big one: Britz is a U.S. Women's Open champion.

Who Won the Most Ryder Cup Singles Matches?

Which golfer holds the record for most wins in singles matches at the Ryder Cup? The all-time Ryder Cup record for most wins in singles matches is six, and that record is shared by the seven golfers listed below.

2018 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

The 2018 Ryder Cup was the 42nd time this match play tournament between teams representing Europe and the United States was played. Following the European victory, the all-time standings were 26 wins for Team USA, 14 for Team Europe, with two draws.

2016 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 2016 Ryder Cup was the 41st time this match play tournament between teams representing Europe and the United States was played. Following the American victory, the all-time standings were 26 wins for Team USA, 13 for Team Europe, with two draws.

Farmers Charity Classic Winners, History (Champions Tour)

The Farmers Charity Classic (originally known as the Greater Grand Rapids Open) was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour. It took place from the mid-1980s into the early 2000s. It was always played in or near Grand Rapids, Michigan.

What Was the Nike Tour in Golf?

"Nike Tour" was the name of the PGA Tour's developmental tour (what today, at the time of this writing, is called the Korn Ferry Tour) for much of the 1990s. The second-level men's professional golf tour in the United States had the name "Nike Tour" from 1993 through 1999.

Golfer Jesse Guilford: Amateur Star of the 1920s

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Jesse Guilford was a star of American amateur golf in the 1910s and 1920s. He won a U.S. Amateur championship, played in several of the earliest Walker Cups, and was known as one of the longest hitters in the amateur game.

2014 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 2014 Ryder Cup was the 40th time this match play tournament between teams representing Europe and the United States was played. Following the European victory, the all-time standings were 25 wins for Team USA, 13 for Team Europe, with two draws.

Corpus Christi Civitan Open Golf Tournament (LPGA)

The Corpus Christi Civitan Open was a 54-hole, stroke-play golf tournament on the LPGA Tour in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was played in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Waggle: What It Is, Why Golfers Do It

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You know those little movements of the golf club that some golfers make as they set up over a shot — the to-and-fro of the club, away from the ball, toward the ball, maybe away and back again? Those are waggles.

2012 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 2012 Ryder Cup was the 39th time this match play tournament between teams representing Europe and the United States was played. Following the European victory, the all-time standings were 25 wins for Team USA, 12 for Team Europe, with two draws.

What Was the Nationwide Tour in Golf?

"Nationwide Tour" was the name of the developmental tour owned and operated by the PGA Tour (what is, at the time of this writing, now named the Korn Ferry Tour) for about 10 years. The PGA Tour's feeder tour took on the name of Nationwide Tour in 2003, when Nationwide Insurance replaced Buy.com as the title sponsor.

George Bayer, One of the Longest Drivers in PGA Tour History

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George Bayer was a four-time PGA Tour winner in the 1950s and 1960s, but he was much more famous for his drives than his all-around game: He is considered one of the longest — perhaps the longest — drivers in PGA Tour history. He also once scored 17 on a hole when he chipped the ball down the hole with a 7-iron.

2010 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 2010 Ryder Cup was the 38th time this match play tournament between teams representing Europe and the United States was played. Following the European victory, the all-time standings were 25 wins for Team USA, 11 for Team Europe, with two draws.

What Was the Buy.Com Tour?

"Buy.com Tour" was the name of the PGA Tour's developmental tour for several years in the early 2000s. The tour still exists today (it's the Korn Ferry Tour as of this writing), but it had a couple different names before it was the Buy.com Tour, and several since.

When the PGA Tour Suspended 4 For Deliberate High Scores

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Back in 1957, four PGA Tour golfers were peeved they hadn't gotten their way, and to punish, well, somebody, they deliberately posted high scores. The tour's reaction? Suspensions and fines.

Seve Ballesteros Quotes (And What Others Said About Him)

Seve Ballesteros is a giant in golf's history, particularly in the history of golf in Europe, and of the European Tour. Ballesteros' emergence on the scene in the 1970s helped European golfers dream big about the possibilities of success for their own tour, about success in the Ryder Cup, and about success on the U.S. PGA Tour. Seve's fiery intensity and his swashbuckling style of playing golf combined to make him a fan favorite, and to inspire — or sometimes infuriate — his opponents and fellow-competitors. Here's a look back at some of the best quotations from Seve Ballesteros, and some of the interesting quotes about him from others.

Profile of Colleen Walker, LPGA Major Winner

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Colleen Walker was an LPGA winner in the 1980s and 1990s, and at one time held multiple all-time LPGA records. She delivered her first major championship victory less than a year after delivering her first baby.

2008 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

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The 2008 Ryder Cup was the 37th time this match play tournament between teams representing Europe and the United States was played. Following the American victory, the all-time standings were 25 wins for Team USA, 10 for Europe, with two draws.

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