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Big Break X: Michigan Winner, Cast Members

Big Break X: Michigan was the name of the 10th season of the Golf Channel reality/competition television series. As with all other seasons of The Big Break franchise, golfers on the show competed in challenges and matches to advance to the final episode, where a winner was crowned. Or, in the case of Big Break X: Michigan , winners, plural.

Biggest Wins and Losses in Ryder Cup Matches

Which golfers have pulled off the largest margins of victories (and suffered the biggest losing margins) in Ryder Cup matches? Asked another way, which golfers have had the biggest blowout wins and the worst losses in singles, foursomes and fourballs at the Ryder Cup?

What Is a 'Halve' or 'Halved Match' in Golf?

One of the words golfers use and golf fans sometimes hear in match play is "halve." Which, let's be honest, is a weird word! Not "half," but "halve." What does it mean? A halve is a tie.

Who Is the Ryder Cup Named After?

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Who put the "Ryder" in the Ryder Cup? Why is this every-other-year competition, one of the biggest events in golf, named the Ryder Cup? The namesake who seeded the idea of the Ryder Cup happens to have been a man who made his fortune selling ... seeds.

Golfer Fred Wampler: Purdue Great, PGA Tour Winner

Fred Wampler was a professional golfer whose PGA Tour playing career took place mostly in the 1950s. He won one tour event and had several other near-misses, but, before that, he was a record-setting college golfer.

Vardon Trophy for Low Scoring Average on the PGA Tour

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Every year, the golfer who leads the PGA Tour in scoring average receives (among other things) the Vardon Trophy. But the Vardon Trophy is not awarded by the PGA Tour — it is given out by a different organization. And it has slightly different qualifying criteria compared to the PGA Tour's own award for scoring average.

What Happens If the Ryder Cup Ends in a Tie?

Let's say Team Europe and Team USA are playing a hard-fought, very closely contested Ryder Cup. It comes down to the final match, and when that match ends, both teams have the same number of points. It's a tie score. What happens?

The 'Woof Handicap' or 'Boo Handicap' in Golf

In the golf game named Woof or Boo, two golfers are playing a match, with the less-accomplished of the two getting to use his handicap. But that golfer doesn't get his traditional handicap. No, instead he gets to distract his more-accomplished foe at critical moments in the match. He does this by invoking his "woof handicap" or "boo handicap" — literally by shouting "woof!" or "boo!" just as his opponent is about to strike the ball.

2023 Walker Cup: Dates, Golf Course, Format

The Walker Cup is a biennial (every other year) competition for top amateur men golfers, one team representing Great Britain & Ireland, the other representing the United States. The 2023 Walker Cup will be the 49th time the event is played. Team USA leads the overall standings (the tournament dates to 1922) with 38 wins; Team GB&I has nine wins and there has been one tie.

Explaining the Meaning of Dormie in Golf

"Dormie" is a term used in match play in golf, and it means that the golfer or side that is leading the match is ahead by the same number of holes as remain to be played. A golfer who is 1-up with one hole to play, for example, is dormie.

2023 Ryder Cup: Dates, Golf Course, Schedule

The 2023 Ryder Cup will be the 44th time this biennial competition is played. It matches a team of male professional golfers representing Europe against one representing the United States, in several forms of match play over three days. It will be the first Ryder Cup played in Italy.

2022 Presidents Cup

The 2022 Presidents Cup will be the 14th time this tournament is played. The United States team has won 11 of the previous 13 competitions, the International team has one win, and there has been one tie.

Beatrix Hoyt: Golfer Was First Multiple U.S. Women's Amateur Champ

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Beatrix Hoyt was the best woman golfer in America in the 1890s. But when the century turned, so did her golf success. Hoyt won three consecutive U.S. Women's Amateur Championships, but her entire golf record happened before she was 21, from age 16 to age 20.

The Bye Golf Bet Explained

Imagine you are playing a match with money on the line. But it hasn't been your day, and your opponent beats you, 6 and 5. The match is over, yet there are five holes on the golf course you haven't yet played. Do you just walk in to the clubhouse? Wouldn't you rather go ahead and play those remaining holes — and with a chance to win back at least part of the betting amount you just lost to the opponent who beat you 6 and 5?

Which Golfers Have Won the Most Matches in the Ryder Cup?

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Below is the list of golfers who were most successful in Ryder Cup play — at least as measured by their total number of matches won. So far in Ryder Cup history, there are nine golfers who have won 20 or more of their matches played.

Yearly Scrambling Leaders on the PGA Tour

Which golfers have led the PGA Tour's Scrambling statistic each year? The list is below. But first, let's explain what the Scrambling stat actually tracks.

Yearly 'Total Strokes Gained' Leaders on the PGA Tour

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Total Strokes Gained (officially named "Strokes Gained: Total") is a PGA Tour scoring statistic. It was introduced only in 2016, but has been calculated back to the 2004 season. The Tour's own definition of Total Strokes Gained is this:

Birdie Leaders on the PGA Tour

On this page, we'll look at the golfers on the PGA Tour who make the most birdies, but we'll consider that question in two different ways. Or, rather in two different PGA Tour statistical categories: Birdie Average and Total Birdies.

Golfer Bud Ward, 2-Time U.S. Amateur Champ

Marvin "Bud" Ward was an American golfer who won big amateur titles in the 1930s and 1940s, including two U.S. Amateur Championships. He later turned pro and won multiple state and regional pro tournaments, but never played on the PGA Tour. He was a legend in his time in his home region, the Pacific Northwest.

Which Golfers Have Won the Most Matches in the Solheim Cup?

In the history of the Solheim Cup, which golfer has won the most matches? Two golfers share the record, and those two are both from Team Europe.

Hennessy Ladies Cup, Early LET Golf Tournament

The Hennessy Ladies Cup was a top tournament on the Ladies European Tour in the first couple decades of that tour's existence. It was first played in France before moving to Germany.

What Is a 'Banana Ball' in Golf?

Hitting a "banana ball" is something no golfer wants to do. You might even say that the banana ball is a golf shot that is very, ahem (forgive us) una peel ing. That's because a banana ball is a very bad slice.

Golfers With the Most Singles Losses in Solheim Cup

Who holds the record for most losses in Solheim Cup singles matches? Which golfer has suffered the most singles defeats in the biennial Team USA vs. Team Europe competition?

Golfers With the Most Singles Wins in Solheim Cup

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Which golfer holds the record for most wins in singles matches at the Solheim Cup? The all-time Solheim Cup record for most wins in singles matches is six, and that record is shared by Juli Inkster (pictured above/Team USA) and Catriona Matthew (Team Europe).

Bio of English Golfer Charlie Ward

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Charlie Ward was an English golfer who began winning pro tournaments in the 1930s, and had his biggest wins from the mid-1940s through the early 1950s. He also represented Team Great Britain & Ireland in three Ryder Cups and was the first back-to-back winner of the Harry Vardon Trophy.

The Golfer Who Was Punished By the Military for Winning a Tournament

In 1945, British pro golfer Charlie Ward won a tournament. And for his efforts, he was punished by the Royal Air Force.

2022 Curtis Cup: Dates, Location, Schedule

The 2022 Curtis Cup will be the 42nd time this international, amateur team competition is played. A team of women amateurs representing Great Britain & Ireland plays a team of women amateurs representing the United States every two years in the Curtis Cup. The event is jointly run by the USGA and R&A.

What 'All Square' Means in Golf Scoring

"All square," sometimes shortened to just "square," means that a golf match is tied. The term is used in match play, in which a golfer or team is playing against another golfer or team, rather than trying to achieve a lower stroke total than the full field of golfers (which is stroke play).

Tiger Woods' PGA Tour Finishes As An Amateur

Tiger Woods appeared in multiple PGA Tour tournaments before he turned pro, beginning when he was 16 years old. How did he do in those tournaments? Below, we list them — all the PGA Tour events Woods played as an amateur, including his scores and where he finished.

Solheim Cup Captains: Full List (Plus Assistants)

The list of Solheim Cup captains goes back to 1990, the year the competition was first played. It was launched that year to give the world's best women golfers a competition modeled after the Ryder Cup, with teams representing Europe and the United States.

Who Is the Curtis Cup Named After?

The Curtis Cup is the name of the biennial golf tournament that pits teams of women amateurs representing Great Britain & Ireland and the United States. It has been played since 1932. ( View the results of every Curtis Cup match ever played .) But who put the "Curtis" in Curtis Cup? Why is the competition named that?

Harvie Ward: Bio of the Amateur Golf Great

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Harvie Ward was one of the greatest amateur golfers of the 1950s, winning both the U.S. and British amateur championships. He played in the Walker Cup several times and posted a perfect record, and achieved Top 10 finishes in two of the four professional majors (he didn't play the other two). Ward also was one of the four golfers who played what has become one of the most-famous matches in golf history.

Mobile Bay LPGA Classic Golf Tournament

The Mobile Bay LPGA Classic (known by multiple names, including Airbus LPGA Classic in its last year) was an LPGA Tour golf tournament in Mobile, Alabama. It was played six times in the early years of the 2000s.

Explaining the 'Back It Up' Skins Game Variation

"Back It Up" is the name of a variation of a skins game in which a golfer who wins a hole can then double the value by winning the next hole as well — by, in other words, backing up the first win with a second.

Do Golf Courses Paint the Grass?

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Do golf courses paint their fairways and greens to make them that perfect shade of green? Some do! Many do, in fact, and it is a groundskeeping tactic that is growing in use.

PGA Tour Golfers Who Went the Longest Time Between Wins

Elsewhere, we've told you about those golfers with the longest time between their first and last wins on the PGA Tour . In this article, we're talking about the biggest gap between consecutive wins: Which golfers won a tournament, then won another tournament, and had the longest gap between those two wins?

Definition of 'Lunch Ball' in Golf

What is a "lunch ball"? It's a mulligan — a do-over. Yes, in golf, "lunch ball" is another term (one of many) for the mulligan, which is a stroke that a golfer replays without penalty when his or her group has agreed to allow it. But there are some interesting nuances to the lunch ball.

Golfer Al Watrous Biography

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Al Watrous was a professional golfer who won multiple PGA Tour tournaments in the 1920s and 1930s, and played in the first two Ryder Cups. He was a long-serving pro at a famous golf club, and continued winning as a senior golfer, including three senior majors.

Low Amateurs at the Women's British Open

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The Women's British Open dates to 1976, when the Ladies Golf Union created it to carry on what had previously been the Ladies Amateur Stroke Play Championship. There were only a handful of women professionals in Britain at the time, so amateurs had very strong showings (including a few wins) for years to come.

Golfers Who Won Both the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur Championships

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How many golfers have won both the U.S. Amateur Championship and the British Amateur Championship? Not many! It's tough to win just one of these prestigious amateur golf titles, after all, much less both of them. But 13 golfers have managed to pull off this feat. Some of those who did it are very big names in golf history, and others are ... not.

Most Top 10 Finishes in Single Season on the PGA Tour

What is the PGA Tour record for most Top 10 finishes by a golfer in a single season? That record is 31 — one golfer in PGA Tour history finished in the Top 10 in 31 tournament during a single season. And that golfer was named Jug.

The Real Story of Tommy Armour's Single-Hole Score of 23

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In the 1927 Shawnee Open golf tournament, played one week after he won the U.S. Open, Tommy Armour set a record that is still cited today. He made a score of 23 on a single hole. If you are a student of golf history or a fan of unusual golf records, you've probably heard about Armour's 23 many times. It's a score that shows up on lots of lists of the highest single-hole scores in PGA Tour history, usually regarded as the all-time record for that stat.

Shawnee Open, Early PGA Tour Golf Tournament

The Shawnee Open was part of the PGA Tour for a couple decades during the earliest years of the professional tour's existence. Its roster of winners includes many of the biggest names from that era in American golf.

DeWitt Weaver: Profile of PGA Tour, Champions Tour Winner

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DeWitt Weaver was a PGA Tour golfer primarily in the 1970s, then had a second career on the Champions Tour primarily in the 1990s. He was never a big winner, but did snag several tour wins and was particularly known as a strong match player.

How to Play the Rotation Golf Game

In the golf game named Rotation, a group of four golfers takes turns playing each stroke: Golfer A plays, then B, then C and D, then back to A. But there's a twist: Each golfer has only one club, and must use that club for every stroke played.

What Ever Happened to Briana Vega of 'The Big Break'?

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Where is Briana Vega today? Vega (who also goes today by her married name, Bri Vega Blakefield) was a competitor on two different seasons of the Golf Channel television series The Big Break . And she was the champion on one of those seasons, The Big Break VI: Trump National . Today, Vega is a PGA Professional at a golf club in Florida.

Defining the Private Course in Golf

What is a private course, or private golf course? If you said, "it's the opposite of a public course ," you are right. Private golf courses are those golf courses that are (mostly) inaccessible to the general public and are played (mostly) only by those who have paid money for membership and access privileges.

'Big Break VI: Trump National' Winner, Cast

The Big Break VI: Trump National was the sixth season of the Golf Channel's reality/competition television series, in which golfers competed in challenges and matches for prizes including money and exemptions into tour events. Big Break VI: Trump National , unlike earlier seasons of The Big Break franchise, featured a mixed cast of men and women, and also had the largest number of cast members.

Betty Hicks: Amateur Champ and Women's Pro Golf Trailblazer

Betty Hicks was an early professional in the women's game in the United States. But only after she had won a U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in the early 1940s, the biggest golf title available to women at that time in America.

Catalan Open Golf Tournament on the European Tour

The Catalan Open was a European Tour golf tournament that was played from the late 1980s into the mid-1990s. It took place at different golf courses in the Catalonia region of Spain.

Who Was the Last Golfer to Shoot His Age on the PGA Tour?

The last golfer to shoot his age on the PGA Tour was Arnold Palmer, and it happened in 2001. There is a good reason it's been so long since anyone did it: It is rare these days for golfers old enough to shoot their age to start in a PGA Tour event.

Who Was the First Golfer to Break 60 on the Champions Tour?

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Kevin Sutherland was the first golfer in Champions Tour history to shoot 59 in competition. The senior tour's first sub-60 round happened in 2014, 34 years after the tour was founded — and it was almost a 57.

Taking the Pain Out of Putting Practice

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If you want to become a great putter — or even just improve from bad to average — you'll have to spend time on the practice green, bent over your putter, making strokes. Developing feel and touch in putting requires plenty of practice, but the long hours standing in a bent-over position on the practice green can wreak havoc on your back, hips and neck. Most golfers understand the need to stretch and warm-up before hitting full swings on the practice range. But did you know that it is just as important to warm up and stretch before practicing putting?

What Is a Split Fairway in Golf?

A "split fairway" in golf is a fairway that, at some point on its route to the putting green, splits into two distinct fairways, offering the golfer the option to play to one side or the other. It's a way for golf course architects to provide some variety and some extra options for playing strokes off the tee and into greens.

Golfers With Most Losses in Ryder Cup Matches

Which golfers have suffered the most match losses in the Ryder Cup? The all-time record-holder is also one of the all-time great golfers, and the guy tied for second-most Ryder Cup defeats is, arguably, the best golfer ever.

U.S. Senior Women's Open Winners and Facts

The U.S. Senior Women's Open is a golf tournament conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) for top women golfers of ages 50 and over. It is one of 14 USGA championships.

PaineWebber Invitational (Home Depot Invitational) on Champions Tour

The tournament called the Home Depot Invitational at its end is perhaps better-remembered as the PaineWebber Invitational, a golf tournament on the Champions Tour. It was played for more than 30 years in North Carolina.

72-Hole, 18-Hole Evian Championship Scoring Records

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The Evian Championship is one of the five major championships of women's professional golf. It is the most-recently created, too, dating to 1994 — but only being recognized as a major since 2013. Which golfers hold the Evian Championship scoring records?

Fun Find: Newsreel Footage of 4-Year-Old Bob Rosburg in 1930

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Bob Rosburg was a longtime PGA Tour golfer, a successful one, and the 1959 PGA Championship winner. He later enjoyed a long career as an on-course analyst on ABC TV's golf broadcasts in the USA. Everyone called him "Rossie." But long before all that, Rosburg was a childhood golfing prodigy. And I just stumbled across the newsreel footage to prove it.

Sid Brews, South Africa's First International Golfer

Before there was Gary Player, before there was Bobby Locke, there was Sid Brews. Brews, although English by birth, became the first South African golfer to achieve international notice. He won more 30 tournaments in South Africa (mostly in the 1920s and '30s, but even into the 1950s), but also won in Europe and the United States.

Golfers Who Won the British Open in First Appearance

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Have any golfers won the British Open the very first time they played that major championship? Yes, it has happened multiple times — 10 times, in fact, including the very first* and the 2021 Open Championship.

2021 British Open Winner and Scores

The 2021 British Open was the 149th time this tournament was played. A 24-year-old making just his eighth career start in a major won it.

Lowest Winning Scores in the British Open

What is the tournament record for lowest winning score in the British Open? That record was set in 2016, and the golfer who set it claimed not just the lowest stroke total record, but also the record for most strokes under par.

Tiger Woods' Wins at Firestone and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club eight times, an amount that ties the PGA Tour record for most wins in the same tournament .

That Time a Husband and Wife Made Aces on Back-to-Back Shots

Would you believe a story told by a married couple who claimed that they not only both made holes-in-one, but that they:

What Was the First PGA Tour Tournament Tiger Woods Played?

The first PGA Tour tournament that Tiger Woods played was the 1992 Nissan Los Angeles Open at Riviera Country Club. Woods was 16 years old at the time, a sophomore in high school, and was given a sponsor's exemption into the field.

'Big Break II' Winner and Cast Members

The Big Break II was, as you can probably guess from the title, the second season of The Big Break television series that aired on the Golf Channel. Who can have guessed at the time this sequel premiered that the series would continue on for more than 20 more seasons.

Harry Bradshaw: Profile of Irish Golfer

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Harry Bradshaw was an Irish golfer who played on the British and European circuits in the middle parts of the 20th century. He was best-known in the 1950s, and made multiple Ryder Cup appearances in that decade.

U.S. Senior Open Scoring Records

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The U.S. Senior Open is the biggest tournament in men's senior golf (where "senior" is defined as 50-and-over). The tournament was founded by the United States Golf Association in 1980, when Roberto De Vicenzo became its first winner . Do you know which golfers have scored lowest in this senior major?

2024 British Open Dates, Golf Course

The 2024 British Open will be the 152nd time this golf tournament is played, its history dating all the way back to 1860. The Open Championship, as it is officially named , is one of the four major championships of men's professional golf.

Low Amateurs at the British Open: The Full List

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The British Open has been played since 1860, and below you'll find the full list of golfers who finished as low amateur in each of those Opens. Since 1949, the R&A has recognized the Open Championship low amateur by awarding the Silver Medal. But the list below goes all the way back to the beginning.

How to Play the 'Tin Whistle' Golf Game

The golf game named Tin Whistle is a format appropriate for any number of golfers playing stroke play, which means it can also be used for tournament play. Basically, it is form a Stableford scoring first used at Pinehurst Resort.

William Doleman: Scottish Golfer Who Was First in Canada?

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William Doleman was a Scottish golfer and one of the earliest amateurs to make an impact in the British Open. He began playing that tournament in the 1860s and still holds a record today relating to amateurs. Doleman might also be, some sources claim, the first person to play golf in Canada.

2023 British Open Dates, Golf Course

The 2023 British Open will be the 151st time this tournament is played. The Open Championship is one of the four majors of men's professional golf. It is the oldest of the four, dating to 1860, and the one that falls last on the golf calendar each year.

Southern Open Golf Tournament on the PGA Tour

The Southern Open, called the Buick Challenge over the last few years of its history, was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour that was played for more than 30 years, from the early 1970s to the early 2000s. It was always played in Georgia.

Explaining the 'Floater' Shot, or 'Floater Lie,' in Golf

Have you ever heard an announcer on a golf broadcast, or a fellow golfer during a round, say something along the lines of, "this one might be a floater," or "he'll have to be careful with that floater lie"? If you don't know what a "floater" is in golf, you might have been confused. So let us clear it up.

2022 British Open Dates, Golf Course

The Open Championship is the oldest of the four major championships in men's professional golf, dating to 1860. The 2022 British Open will be the 150th time the tournament is played, its sesquicentennial edition.

Youngest Winners of the British Open Championship

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Who is the youngest golfer ever to win the British Open? This major, the first professional golf tournament ever, dates all the way back to 1860. That's a long list of winners to consider.

Genevieve Hecker: Bio of Women's Golf Pioneer

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Genevieve Hecker was a two-time winner of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in the first decade of that tournament's history. She also won one of the few other big tournaments that existed for women in the early 1900s four times. And she has a notable place in the history of golf instruction.

The Longest Playoffs in PGA Tour History

What is the longest playoff in PGA Tour history? What we are talking about here are sudden-death playoffs. In earlier times, many (most) PGA Tour events scheduled 18-hole, next-day playoffs. Beginning in the late 1950s and especially in the early 1960s, nearly all tournaments that used those 18-hole, next-day playoffs switched to the sudden-death format.

Oldest Winners of the British Open Championship

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Who are the oldest golfers ever to win the British Open? Overall, the answer is a golfer who has "Old" right there in his very name — how appropriate!

The Meaning of 'Iffy Lie' in Golf

You play a stroke, then walk to up to see where your golf ball landed and how it is sitting. What you discover is that the lie is neither great, nor terrible. It's somewhere in-between. You have, in other words, an iffy lie.

Who Finished Second Most Often in the British Open?

We usually talk about winners in golf. But the runners-up can sometimes be just as interesting. For example, in major championships. Who finished second the most in the British Open? The two names on the list are two of the biggest in golf history.

Women's PGA Championship Scoring Records

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The Women's PGA Championship is one of the major championships of women's professional golf. Do you know which golfers have carded the lowest scores in the tournament's history? Some big names (no surprise) appear on the lists below for lowest 72-, 18- and 9-hole scores. But there are also some surprises.

Recalling the Addington Foursomes Golf Tournament

The Addington Foursomes was a team tournament played in London, England, in the 1930s. The tournament paired one pro with one top amateur golfer, and they played foursomes match play against other such teams.

Auguste Boyer: Bio of French Golfer

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Auguste Boyer was a French golfer who, from the late 1920s until the onset of World War II, wracked up more than a dozen national titles across European. While he never won the British Open, he was one of the best Continental golfers of that era.

2021 U.S. Open Winner, Scores

The 2021 U.S. Open was the 121st time this golf tournament was played. It produced the first Spanish winner in this tournament's history.

2025 U.S. Open Dates, Golf Course

The 2025 U.S. Open golf championship will be the 125th time this tournament is played. The U.S. Open, run by the United States Golf Association (USGA), is one of the four major championships of men's professional golf. It is the third major of the year, played after The Masters and PGA Championship and before the British Open.

What 'Horses for Courses' Means in Golf

Have you ever heard a golfer or golf broadcaster use the expression "horses for courses"? Do you know what it means when used in a golf context? It's an old expression that comes out of Great Britain and originally did emerge from the horse-racing scene.

2024 U.S. Open Dates, Golf Course

The 2024 U.S. Open golf championship will be the 124th time this major championship of men's professional golf is played, and it returns to one of America's best-known golf courses. That would be the No. 2 course at Pinehurst Resort.

How Many Golfers Won a Major Championship in Their Very First Try?

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How many golfers in the history of the major championships of men's professional golf have won the very first major they ever played? Not many! The total stands at six, but, really, it's more like four.

2023 U.S. Open Dates, Golf Course

The 2023 U.S. Open golf championship will be the 123rd time this major championship of men's professional golf is played. The U.S. Open, which is run by the United States Golf Association, is the third major played on the men's golf calendar annually.

Fred Herd: Golfer Won First 72-Hole U.S. Open

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Fred Herd is one of the least tournament-experienced winners in major championships: He played in only four of them. But he won one of those, and that U.S. Open win gives Herd his place in the game's history.

How to Play 'Putting Syndicate' or 'Putting Skins'

Have you ever heard of a golf game called "putting syndicate"? You can think of it as a skins game, but based only on the golfers' putts taken on each green. Take the fewest putts, win the hole.

LPGA Bluegrass Invitational Golf Tournament Winners, History

The Bluegrass Invitational was a women's professional golf tournament on the LPGA Tour, played annually in Kentucky in the 1960s and 1970s. One of the biggest controversies in LPGA history began in this tournament.

James Foulis, Early U.S. Open Winner and Golf Influencer

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James Foulis was a golf professional from Scotland who had a large impact on American golf around the dawn of the 20th century, particularly in Chicago and the Midwest. He was a club pro, a course designer, a golf inventor, oh, and also a U.S. Open winner .

2022 U.S. Open Dates, Golf Course

The 2022 U.S. Open golf championship will be the 122nd time this major championship of men's professional golf is played. The United States Open Championship is conducted by the USGA.

What It Means to 'Get It Into the Clubhouse'

During a television broadcast once, Paul Azinger and Nick Faldo were discussing the 1987 British Open , won by Faldo and in which Azinger finished tied for second place. Azinger had a three-stroke lead with nine holes to play, and a one-stroke lead with two holes left. But, Faldo said of Azinger, "Somebody couldn't get it into the clubhouse."

2019 U.S. Women's Open Winner and Scores

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The 2019 U.S. Women's Open was the 74th time this tournament was played. The winner was another first-timer — not just her first time winning this tournament, winning a major, but also her first LPGA Tour win.

Youngest, Oldest Golfers to Make the Cut in a U.S. Open

Who are the youngest and oldest golfers to make the cut in the U.S. Open golf championship? The list of golden oldies below includes nothing but legends. The list of young whippersnappers ... doesn't. Well, with one exception.

2018 U.S. Women's Open Winner and Scores

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The 2018 U.S. Women's Open was the 73rd playing of this major championship. The USGA instituted a new playoff format this year, and it immediately came into play.

2017 U.S. Women's Open Winner and Scores

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The 2017 U.S. Women's Open was the 72nd time this major championship was played. The winner was a young KLPGA standout earning her first victory outside her home country.

The Best Golfers Who Never Won the U.S. Women's Open

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The U.S. Women's Open is the biggest tournament in women's professional golf. And most of the biggest names in women's professional golf have won that tournament . But not all! In fact, you'll probably be surprised to learn that some of the greatest legends in LPGA Tour history never won the U.S. Women's Open.

2016 U.S. Women's Open Winner and Scores

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The 2016 U.S. Women's Open was the 71st time this major championship was played. The winner was Brittany Lang, who came from two off the lead in the final round to force a playoff with Anna Nordqvist, then won that playoff.

Double Eagles in the U.S. Open Golf Tournament

How many double eagles (albatrosses) have been made in the U.S. Open? Three is the number recorded by the United States Golf Association, which runs the tournament that is one of the four major championships of men's professional golf.

2014 U.S. Women's Open Winner and Scores

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The 2014 U.S. Women's Open was the 69th time this golf tournament was played. And this one is remembered as the site of Michelle Wie's first win in a major championship. She was the only golfer to finish under par, and won by two strokes.

The Meaning of 'Leader in the Clubhouse' in Golf

Do you know who the "leader in the clubhouse" is in a golf tournament? It's actually quite an easy term to understand: Among those golfers who have finished the round being played, the one who has the lowest score is called the leader in the clubhouse.

Stewart Gardner Bio: Obscure Golfer Holds Two U.S. Open Records

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Stewart Gardner was a Scotsman who immigrated to the United States around the turn of the 20th century, and later became an American citizen. Although Gardner never won a big golf tournament, he still holds two tournament records in the U.S. Open set in the first few years of the 1900s.

Yomiuri International Golf Tournament in Japan

The Yomiuri International was a 72-hole, men's golf tournament in Japan played in the years before the creation of the Japan Golf Tour. It took place 10 times from the early 1960s to the early 1970s, and typically featured a healthy contingent of international golfers.

Phil Mickelson's Second-Place Finishes in the U.S. Open

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Phil Mickelson has never won the U.S. Open golf tournament. But he does hold this tournament record: most times runner-up. Mickelson, who has wins in each of the other three major championships of men's professional golf, has finished second six times in the U.S. Open.

Ben Hogan's U.S. Open Wins, Yearly Scores, Superlatives

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Based only on his wins in the U.S. Open — he had four of them — Ben Hogan had an incredible record in this major championship. Consider that he played the tournament only 22 times, yet has those four wins, plus two runner-up finishes, and numerous other Top 10 finishes.

2023 PGA Championship Dates, Golf Course

The 2023 PGA Championship will be the 105th time this tournament is played, and it returns to one of the "grande dames" of American golf courses. The PGA Championship, run by the PGA of America, is one of the four major championships in men's professional golf.

What 'Yards to Cover' Means in Golf

Have you ever heard another golfer, or an announcer on a golf tournament broadcast, say something along the lines of "(Golfer X) needs 150 yards to cover"? Do you know what that expression means?

Profile: Irish Golfer Hugh Boyle

Hugh Boyle was an Irish golfer who won tournaments on the British pro circuit mostly in the late 1960s, as well as playing in the Far East and Africa. He has the distinction of being the first golfer from Britain or Ireland to win in Japan.

2021 PGA Championship Winner and Scores

The 2021 PGA Championship was the 103rd time this tournament was played, but it produced a first: Phil Mickelson became the first golfer at least 50 years old to win a major championship.

2022 PGA Championship Dates, Golf Course

The 2022 PGA Championship will be the 104th time this tournament is played. The PGA Championship, run by the PGA of America, is one of the four major championships in men's professional golf.

Oldest Major Championship Winners in Men's Golf

Who is the oldest major championship winner in golf? Has anyone aged 50 and over won one of the men's majors? The answer to the second question was no — until 2021, when, for the first time ever, a golfer 50 or older did win a major. That golfer was nearly 51, in fact, and broke this record that had stood since 1968.

Defining the Public Course in Golf

A public course is a golf course that is open to the general public. Simple enough. But there are several more-specific types of golf courses that fall under the "public course" term.

Jim Barnes, 4-Time Major Winner, First PGA Champ

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Jim Barnes was an English golfer who lived most of his life in the United States, where he was one of the best pro golfers of the first quarter of the 1900s. He won big tournaments from the mid-1910s until the late 1930s. Along the way, Barnes won four major championships, including the PGA Championship the first two times it was played.

2025 Masters Tournament Dates and Schedule

The 2025 Masters Tournament will be the 89th time this tournament is played. The Masters Tournament is one of the four major championships of men's professional golf, and the first one played each year. It was first played in 1934, cofounded by Bobby Jones.

Explaining the Golf Game(s) Named 'Play It Again Sam'

"Play It Again Sam" is the name shared by two different golf formats — two formats that are close to being the opposite of one another. In one version, Play It Again Sam takes a golfer's handicap and converts it into mulligans that golfer can use during the round. In the other version, Play It Again Sam grants your opponents the ability to make you replay a stroke.

2024 Masters Tournament Dates and Schedule

The 2024 Masters Tournament will be the 88th time this tournament is played. The Masters Tournament dates to 1934 and is the only one of the four major championships in men's professional golf that is played in the same location each year.

Explaining Hole-in-One Insurance in Golf

So your organization is staging a golf tournament to raise funds for charity, and you want to do something big. How about a million-dollar prize for the first golfer to make a hole-in-one? That's big! Only problem: You better have a million bucks stashed away just in case someone wins that big prize! And that's what hole-in-one insurance is for.

Champions Tour GTE Northwest Classic Tournament

The GTE Northwest Classic was a Champions Tour (senior tour) golf tournament played in the Seattle, Washington, area from the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s. It was 54 holes (three rounds) of stroke play.

The Golf Course Cart Path: Its History and Function

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The "cart path" is the designated route around a golf course that golf carts are expected, or in some cases required, to follow.

2023 Masters Tournament Dates and Schedule

The 2023 Masters Tournament will be the 87th time this tournament is played. The Masters Tournament was first played in 1934, co-founded by Bobby Jones in Augusta, Georgia. It is one of the four major championships of men's professional golf.

Golf's Captain's Pick Defined

The term "captain's pick" refers to a golfer who failed to meet the criteria required for automatic membership on a team in a team golf competition, but who is added to that team at the discretion of the team's captain.

The Fort Lauderdale Golf Format Explained

You've signed up for the company golf tournament, or perhaps a charity tournament at your local club. The format, according to the sign-up sheet, is Fort Lauderdale. What does that mean?

2022 Masters Tournament Dates and Schedule

The 2022 Masters Tournament will be the 86th time this tournament is played. The Masters Tournament is one of the four major championships of men's professional golf, and probably the most-famous golf tournament in the world for the general population. It is the first men's major played each year, and the only one of the four that always takes place at the same golf course.

How to Play the '14 Clubs' Golf Format

The golf format called 14 Clubs is for four-person teams competing against other four-person teams. And the key to the format is right there in the name: Each quartet of golfers is only allowed 14 golf clubs. That's total — 14 clubs spread among four golfers.

Definition of 'Finishing Hole' in Golf

Golfers sometimes use the term "finishing hole," or we sometimes hear announcers on tournament broadcasts using it: "Tiger and Phil have reached the finishing hole." And the definition? It's mostly just what it sounds like: the hole that is the finish of the round.

Golfers Who Finished in Top 10 at All Four Men's Majors in the Same Year

Performance in major championships has outsized influence over how golf fans (and history) judge professional golfers. And winning majors is the goal, but playing great in majors — posting high finishes, Top 10 finishes — is also expected of great golfers.

The Dreaded Lip Out in Golf