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Dave Ragan: Bio of the PGA Tour Winner

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Dave Ragan was a PGA Tour golfer who won several tournament in the 1950s and 1960s, and also challenged Jack Nicklaus at a PGA Championship. He then spent many years as a highly regarded golf instructor.

How to Play the 2-1-1 Golf Game

2-1-1 is the name of a golf game for a group of four golfers who pair off into two-player teams. The 2-1-1 in the title of the game refers to the number of points available to be won on each hole.

Roger Wethered, the Golfer Who Almost Skipped a British Open Playoff

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Roger Wethered was a top amateur golfer in Great Britain in the 1920s and 1930s, one who won the British Amateur and made the championship match two other times. But he's probably best-known today as the golfer who almost chose playing in a cricket match to playing in a playoff for the British Open.

Can Golf Clubs Spark Fires? Study Shows It's Possible

In 2010, a fire broke out on Shady Canyon golf course in Irvine, Calif. Another fire hit Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Calif. Investigators could find no cause for the fires, but had a suspicion that the fires may have started due to sparks caused by a golf club hitting rock.

Meaning of 'Bomb and Gouge' in Golf

What is the bomb-and-gouge style of golf? What kind of golf is a bomb-and-gouge golfer playing? Basically, the term means paying more attention to distance off the tee, and less to accuracy: Hit it as far as you can (bomb it) and then, if necessary, muscle the ball out of the rough (gouge it).

Longest Time Between First and Last Wins on PGA Tour

What is the biggest gap — the longest amount of time — in tour history between a golfer's first PGA Tour win and that same golfer's last PGA Tour win? The all-time record is very close to 29 years. Meaning the record-holder's last win happened nearly 29 years after his first win.

The Only Golfers Who Won the U.S. Open in Their First Try

Have any golfers won the U.S. Open the very first time they played the tournament? Yes, it has happened five times. But it's been more than 100 years since the last time it happened.

Golfer Joe Lloyd: The Most-Obscure U.S. Open Champ

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One of the most obscure U.S. Open champs, Joe Lloyd was an English golfer who came to America part-time and became what we now call a major champion in 1897. He also has the distinction of being the first golf professional in France.

Lowest Back-to-Back Rounds in U.S. Open History

Which golfer has posted the lowest scores in back-to-back rounds in a U.S. Open golf tournament? And how low did he go?

2020 U.S. Open Winner and Scores

The 2020 U.S. Open was the 120th time this major championship of men's professional golf was played. And the champion was the only golfer who finished under par.

LPGA Office Depot Championship Tournament

The Office Depot Championship was a golf tournament on the LPGA Tour that began in South Carolina and ended in Los Angeles. In six of the nine years it was played, it was won by a member of the then-LPGA Tour's "Big 3."

Bio of Golfer Bettye Danoff, an LPGA Founder

Bettye Danoff never won on the LPGA Tour, but she still has a very important place in tour history: She was one of the tour's 13 founding members. She had some amateur wins of note in the 1940s, and played LPGA events into the 1970s. Danoff also once ended a 17-tournament winning streak by Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

PGA Tour Strokes Gained Tee to Green Leaders By Year

"Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green" is the name of a statistical category on the PGA Tour that compares a golfer's performance in all elements of the game other than putting against the similarly measured performances of all other golfers in the field.

Every Low Amateur Winner in the U.S. Open

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Below you'll find the list of all the golfers who have earned low amateur honors at the U.S. Open golf championship. The list goes back to the very first U.S. Open played in 1895, when exactly one amateur completed the tournament, thus earning the low amateur honor.

Amateur Winners, Tournament Records at U.S. Open

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Who are the best amateur performers in the history of the U.S. Open golf championship? Well, the best is Bobby Jones (pictured), given that he won four times. We'll take a look here at all the amateurs who've won a U.S. Open, plus a few other U.S. Open tournament records relating to amateur golfers.

The Masters Champ Who Thought Augusta Members Tried to Prevent His Victory

The surprise winner of the 1946 Masters was Herman Keiser. And for decades after he won — for the rest of his life, really — Keiser was convinced that Augusta National Golf Club members had tried to stop him from winning.

Yearly 'Strokes Gained: Approach the Green' Leaders on PGA Tour

"Strokes Gained: Approach the Green" is the name of a statistical category on the PGA Tour that measures a golfer's performance relative to the field in approach shots played into greens.

Golfer Horace Rawlins: First U.S. Open Winner

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Horace Rawlins was an English golf professional whom happenstance brought into the field at the very first U.S. Open, which he then won. Rawlins worked at multiple golf clubs in the United States, and still holds two U.S. Open tournament records.

Yearly PGA Tour Strokes Gained Around the Green Leaders

"Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green" is the name of a statistic on the PGA Tour that measures a golfer's performance on shots played from around the green — short pitches, chip shots, bunker shots — against the performance on those shots of the tournament field as a whole.

Emerald Coast Classic on the Champions Tour

The Emerald Coast Classic, which was named The Boeing Championship at Sandestin by the time the event ended, was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from the mid-1990s through the middle of the first decade of the 21st century.

Yearly PGA Tour Strokes Gained Off the Tee Leaders

The PGA Tour statistic known as Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee was introduced in 2016, and has been calculated back to 2004 using ShotLink data. "SG: Off-the-Tee" is a measure of a PGA Tour player's performance on drives hit on par-4 and par-5 holes compared to the rest of the field.

Ray Ainsley, Golfer Who Scored a 19 in U.S. Open

In the 1938 U.S. Open, a little-known club professional named Ray Ainsley wrote his name into the U.S. Open record books. Unfortunately for Ainsley, it was for doing something wrong: scoring 19 on a single hole.

The Meaning of 'Circle on the Scorecard'

Ever hear a golfer (or golf announcer) use the phrase "circle on the scorecard"? If you've wondered what that expression means, it means this: a birdie.

U.S. Open Playoff Results: All the Winners, Participants, Scores

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The U.S. Open golf tournament has ended in a playoff many times since its beginning in 1895. Those playoffs have taken place over 18 holes, 36 holes — even, one year, 72 holes. There have been 2-player and 3-player playoffs, but not yet a 4-player playoff.

How to Play an Arizona Shuffle Golf Tournament

Arizona Shuffle is the name of a golf tournament format in which the golfers on a team (usually 4-person, but sometimes 3-person teams) are playing their own golf balls throughout, and on each hole a different number of the team members' scores are combined for the team score.

Wire-to-Wire Winners at the U.S. Open Golf Championship

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How many golfers have won the U.S. Open wire-to-wire? The total so far is 17, with nine of those leading start to finish but being tied for the lead after one or more rounds; and eight of them leading start-to-finish and leading outright after every round.

What Is a 'Pitch and Putt' Golf Course?

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A pitch and putt golf course is a course with only short holes — holes that typically are all so short as to require literally only pitch shots and putts.

All Winners of the British Amateur Championship Golf Tournament

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The British Amateur Championship is run by the R&A, and its official title is simply The Amateur Championship. Many golfers (mostly in the United States) call it the British Amateur to distinguish it from the U.S. Amateur.

Oldest Winners in Pro Golf History

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Who are the oldest golfers to win tournaments on the pro golf tours? That's the question we answer here. Below is the rundown, going tour by tour, and also including the major championships of men's and women's golf.

The U.S. Open Record for Most Wins, Plus All Multiple Champions

The record for most wins in the U.S. Open golf championship is four, and it is shared by four golfers. Two other golfers have won it twice each. And there are currently another 16 golfers with two wins in the U.S. Open.

Worst Weather Ever at Pro Golf Tournament? It Might Have Happened Here

We've seen lots of golf tournaments over the years played in poor weather. But what's the worst weather ever at a pro tour event? Terrible weather that raked the golf course, yet the tour pros kept playing in it? Ask 100 pro golfers, you might get 100 answers. Unless you ask the golfers who played in the 1973 John Player Classic on the European Tour.