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'Fair Green': The Original Golf Term for the Fairway

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Did you know that the fairway on golf courses wasn't always called the "fairway"? The original term was "fair green," or "fairgreen." It sounds weird, doesn't it?

John Ball, Open Champion and Amateur Golf Legend

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John Ball was a giant of British golf in the 19th and early 20th centuries, winning a record eight British Amateur Championships — plus one Open. He achieved several important firsts in major championship history. And he remains the only golfer other than Bobby Jones to win the British Open and Amateur championships in the same year.

2015 U.S. Women's Open Winner and Scores

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In Gee Chun made her tournament debut a special one — she rallied on the back nine in the final round to earn her first career win on the LPGA Tour. Chun joined Patty Berg, Kathy Cornelius and Birdie Kim as the only golfers to this point in U.S. Women's Open history to win the tournament on her first try.

Dorothy 'Dot' Kirby: Profile of the Golfer

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Dorothy "Dot" Kirby was a golfer who won big amateur tournaments in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. And although she never turned professional, she also won a couple of LPGA major championships.

LPGA Tour's Yearly Greens In Regulation (GIR) Leaders

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The list below shows the golfers who have led the LPGA Tour in greens in regulation (GIR) each year back to 1992, which is as far back as the LPGA statistics go for GIR.

Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open Wins, Yearly Finishes, Tournament Records

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Jack Nicklaus has one of the most-impressive records of all-time in the U.S. Open golf championship. Not surprising! Still, you might be surprised to see how many tournament records Nicklaus still holds.

Heineken Classic Golf Tournament in Australia

The Heineken Classic was a golf tournament played in Australia from the early 1990s into the 2000s. It originated as an event on the PGA Tour Australasia, and the European Tour co-sanctioned it for the second half of its run.

How to Play the '6 In 60' Golf Format

"6 In 60" (or "Six in Sixty") is the name of a golf format that friends, competitors and golf associations can use when they want to stage a competition but in very little time. The number "6" refers to the number of holes being played; the number "60" refers to the minutes it should take all golfers to finish the assigned course.

Brothers Who've Won on the PGA Tour

So far, in the history of the PGA Tour, there have been 12 sets of brothers in which two (or more) of those brothers both won official PGA Tour tournaments.

Golfer Al Balding Biography

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Al Balding was a Canadian golfer who won multiple times on the PGA Tour in the 1950s, as well as many national titles in his home country over several decades. He was the first golfer from Canada to win a PGA Tour tournament played in the United States.

Has An Amateur Ever Won the U.S. Women's Open?

The answer to the headline question is yes: In the history of the U.S. Women's Open, the biggest tournament in women's golf, one amateur golfer has won. Multiple other amateur golfers have come close.

Who Was the First International Winner of the U.S. Women's Open?

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American golfers dominated the first several decades of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament. Not surprising: The tournament dates to 1947, and it wasn't until the 1970s that international golfers (golfers from outside the United States in this case) started playing the LPGA Tour in numbers.

Most Wins in the U.S. Women's Open Golf Tournament

What is the tournament record at the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament for most wins? That record is four, and it is shared by two of the biggest names in LPGA Tour history.

Youngest Winners of the U.S. Women's Open

The U.S. Women's Open is the biggest tournament in women's professional golf, and in its history only one golfer younger than 20 has won it. In this article, we'll take a look at who that record-holder is. Plus run down the list of other youngest winners of this major championship.

Oldest Winners of the U.S. Women's Open

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Who is the oldest golfer to win the U.S. Women's Open, the premiere event in women's professional golf? It wasn't Annika Sorenstam, if that was who you were guessing.

LPGA Record: Consecutive Wins in the Same Tournament

Which golfer holds the LPGA Tour record for winning the same tournament the most years consecutively? In LPGA history, there is one golfer who won the same tournament five years running. And there is one other golfer who won the same tournament four years running.

Who Is the Alice in 'Nice Putt, Alice'?

You've probably heard the golf expression, "nice putt, Alice," or "hit it, Alice!" The former is sometimes said sarcastically to a golfer who really botched a putt — a bad yank to one side, or leaving the ball well short of the hole. The latter phrase is a pejorative aimed at a golfer who left an approach shot or putt short. Just who is Alice? Is Alice anyone at all, or is it just a sexist insult (basically, "you hit like a girl")?

CIMB Classic Golf Tournament Winners, Records

The CIMB Classic was a golf tournament in Malaysia that originated on the Asian Tour, then also became a PGA Tour tournament. It was the first official PGA Tour tournament played in Southeast Asia.

Golfers With Most Combined Wins on PGA Tour & Champions Tour

The PGA Tour is the preeminent men's professional golf tour in the world, and the Champions Tour (officially named PGA Tour Champions) is the top-flight for senior (50-and-over) male golfers. So most tour pros, when their PGA Tour careers taper off and they hit 50 years old, continue playing on the Champions Tour. Golf fans often see lists of the golfers with the most PGA Tour wins, or the most Champions Tour wins. But what about all those wins combined?

The 'Chicken Run' in Golf: What It Means

"Chicken run" is a term for a type of golf tournament. And while you might not have heard of a chicken run tournament before, you probably do know what it is — synonyms include "twilight tournament" and " sundowner ."

PGA Tour Lucky International Open Golf Tournament

The Lucky International Open was a 72-hole golf tournament on the PGA Tour for much of the 1960s, with an impressive roster of champions. It was played at Harding Park Golf Club, a municipal golf course in San Francisco, California.

What Is a 'Resort Course' in Golf?

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A "resort course" is exactly what it sounds like: a golf course that is part of a larger resort facility. But use of the term "resort course" comes with certain implications and expectations for golfers.