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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.