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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

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In golf, "lip out" refers to a putted ball that catches the edge, or lip, of the hole without falling in. The rim around the hole is also called its "lip," so a ball that catches the lip but stays out is a "lip out."

Johnnie Walker World Golf Championship

Before the World Golf Championships (WGC) arrived in the late 1990s, the Johnnie Walker World Golf Championship came on the golf scene in the early 1990s. It was played in Jamaica with a limited field of 24 golfers (based on world rankings).

Katherine Harley, Early 1900s Golf Champion

Katherine Harley was an American golfer in the early 1900s. Her claim to fame is two victories, separated by six years, in the biggest golf tournament available to American women of her era: the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

What Is the Tiger Slam in Golf?

"Tiger Slam" is a golf term that was invented in 2001 to describe an accomplishment by Tiger Woods — an accomplishment no other male golfer had ever pulled off. What did Woods do? He won four major championships in a row.

What Was the Prize Money at the First-Ever PGA Championship?

Millions of dollars — in some cases, tens of millions of dollars — are at stake in golf's major championships today. But how much was at stake in the beginning? The beginning of the PGA Championship was in 1916. How much money were the golfers playing for in that first PGA Championship? Very, very little by modern standards — but a lot by the standards of the time.

PGA Championship Playoff Results: All the Golfers and Winners

There have been many playoffs at the PGA Championship, one of the four majors of men's professional golf, over the years. The tournament dates to 1916, and for its first 40(ish) years was contested at match play. The PGA switched to stroke play for its major championship in the late 1950s.

Golf Courses That Have Hosted the Most PGA Championships

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In the history of the PGA Championship (which dates to 1916), which golf courses have been used as the host site most often? One golf course has been the site four times, and multiple other courses have hosted three times each.

The Golf Sportsmanship Incident That Inspired a Famous Poet to Write

Tommy Beck was an amateur golfer whose game never took him to the heights. Edgar Guest was a professional poet whose prowess with the pen made him, at one time, one of the most famous writers in the world. Their lives intersected at the 1954 U.S. Amateur Championship when Beck disqualified himself after breaking the rules, inspiring Guest to write a poem entitled Victory .

Frances Griscom, Early American Women's Golf Champ

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Frances Griscom was one of the earliest champions of women's golf in the United States. Her biggest achievement was winning a U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, one of the few (and by miles the biggest) women's golf events of her era. She also had a role in inspiring the Curtis Cup.

The Abbreviation 'cc' in Golf

The abbreviation "cc" stands for "cubic centimeters" and is used to let golfers know, primarily, the size of wood and wood-like hybrid clubheads.

The Hate 'Em Golf Game Explained

You know those holes on your home golf course, or any course you play regularly, that always seem to give you trouble? Those holes you know very well, but always seem to somehow mess up on? Don't you just hate those holes? Well, in the golf game named Hate 'Em, you'll like those holes — because you get to write down pars on them before the round even begins.

What Is a 'Come-Backer' in Golf?

No, a "come-backer" is not a golfer who comes back (comes from behind) to win a tournament. A come-backer is the putt you have left after running your previous putt past the hole.

Seattle Open Invitational (Former PGA Tour Tournament)

The Seattle Open Invitational was a PGA Tour golf tournament best-remembered for being the site of Jack Nicklaus' first "regular" tour win, and for being one of Byron Nelson's 18 wins in 1945.

Alfonso Angelini: Bio of the Italian Golfer

Alfonso Angelini was one of the "Three Musketeers" of post-World War II Italian golf. He won national opens across Europe in the pre-European Tour days of the continental golf circuit.

1987 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Who was the No. 1 player in men's golf at the end of 1987? Which golfers finished the year ranked the highest in the Official World Golf Ranking? Below is the year-end list of 1987's top-ranked golfers.

Ben Hogan's Record in Playoffs and All the Scores

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Quick: Do you think Ben Hogan had a great record in playoffs? Almost everyone will answer yes to that question. It only makes sense, given that Hogan is one of the greatest ever to play the game and has a historical reputation as a finisher and an intimidator. But, surprisingly, the correct answer is no: Ben Hogan had a losing record in playoffs, including in major championship playoffs.

1988 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Who was the No. 1 player in men's golf at the end of 1988? Which golfers finished the year ranked the highest in the Official World Golf Ranking? Below is the year-end list of 1988's top-ranked golfers.

PGA Tour Record: Most Wins at One Tournament

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In the history of the PGA Tour, what is the most times a single tournament has been won the by same golfer? That record is eight: Eight wins by one golfer in the same tournament. But two different golfers have done that, and they did it three times between them. Let's take a closer look at this record.

1989 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Who was the No. 1 player in men's golf at the end of 1989? Which golfers finished the year ranked the highest in the Official World Golf Ranking? Below is the year-end list of 1989's top-ranked golfers.

Bio of English Golfer Ken Bousfield

Ken Bousfield was one of the top English golfers of the 1950s and 1960s, one whose competitive playing career extended from the 1940s to the 1970s. He was a member of the Great Britain & Ireland team in the Ryder Cup six times.

Who Was the First Asian Golfer to Win a Major?

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The first Asia-born golfer to win a major championship was Chako Higuchi of Japan, who won the LPGA Championship in 1977. In the men's majors, the first Asian golfer to win didn't come along until 2009, when Y.E. Yang of South Korea won the PGA Championship.

1990 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Who was the No. 1 player in men's golf at the end of 1990? Which golfers finished the year ranked the highest in the Official World Golf Ranking? Below is the year-end list of 1990's top-ranked golfers.

1991 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Who was the No. 1 player in men's golf at the end of 1991? Which golfers finished the year ranked the highest in the Official World Golf Ranking? Below is the year-end list of 1991's top-ranked golfers.

Tiger Woods' Wins at Bay Hill and the Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Tiger Woods has a remarkable record in the Arnold Palmer Invitational: eight career wins in this one tournament. That ties the PGA Tour record for most wins in the same event. And that's not the only record Woods has set in the tournament founded by Palmer.

Brian Barnes: The British Golfer Who Beat Nicklaus Twice in Same Day

Brian Barnes was a British golfer whose pro career began as a "Butten Boy" in the 1960s, before he grew into a consistent European Tour winner in the 1970s. But what he's most-famous for is beating Jack Nicklaus in match play twice in the same day.

Greater Manchester Open (European Tour Golf Tournament)

The Greater Manchester Open was a golf tournament played annually over a 7-year period from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. It was part of the European Tour schedule, and was played near Manchester, England. It was a 72-hole event.

Brian Barnes' French Open Meltdown? 12 Putts on a Par-3

What happens when you lose your cool over a missed putt during a casual round of golf? You might slap your putter at the ball a couple times, missing the hole, until you are finally able to tap it in. Hey, who's counting. But we don't expect that sort of tantrum to get the better of a pro tour golfer. In 1968, at the French Open, it did. And Brian Barnes ' tantrum resulted in a score of 15 on a par-3 hole.

1992 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Who was the No. 1 player in men's golf at the end of 1992? Which golfers finished the year ranked the highest in the Official World Golf Ranking? Below is the year-end list of 1992's top-ranked golfers.

Oldsmobile Classic Golf Tournament on the LPGA Tour

The Oldsmobile Classic was a golf tournament on the LPGA Tour in the 1990s. It was played in Michigan for nearly a decade, and was won by a different LPGA golfer each time.

How to Play the Wolfman Golf Game

The golf game called Wolfman is a game for a group of three golfers. On each hole, two of the golfers pair up to play as a team against the third member of the group. The golfer playing solo is called the Wolfman; the two golfers who pair up are the Hunters. But which golfer plays solo on each hole is determined by the golfers' tee balls.

1993 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Who was the No. 1 player in men's golf at the end of 1993? Which golfers finished the year ranked the highest in the Official World Golf Ranking? Below is the year-end list of 1993's top-ranked golfers.

1994 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Who was the No. 1 player in men's golf at the end of 1994? Which golfers finished the year ranked the highest in the Official World Golf Ranking? Below is the year-end list of 1994's top-ranked golfers.

What Is a 'Dog Track' in Golf?

"Dog track" is a derogatory term for a golf course that is in poor condition. If a golf course operator, director of golf, head pro or superintendent hears their golf course referred to as a dog track, they will be deeply insulted.

1995 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Who was the No. 1 player in men's golf at the end of 1995? Which golfers finished the year ranked the highest in the Official World Golf Ranking? Below is the year-end list of 1995's top-ranked golfers.

Max Marston, American Amateur Golf Champ

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Max Marston was an American amateur golf champion in the first half of the 20th century. He once missed a putt that, in its day, was considered one of the worst chokes ever. But Marston also once had a year that, in his day, was considered one of the best amateur golf seasons ever.

What Is a Desert Golf Course? (And Considerations When Playing One)

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A "desert golf course" or "desert course" is a golf course that is built in a desert setting. But it's more than that, actually, because desert courses have a specific look to them — and not all golf course built in the desert actually qualify for the term "desert course."

What Is 'Golf Course Furniture'?

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Let's start defining the term "golf course furniture," often shortened to just "course furniture," by first telling you what it is not : It is not that sofa in the clubhouse or the card table inside the locker room. Course furniture is a catch-all term that refers to those manmade items around a golf course designed for the golfer's comfort, convenience or informational purposes.

1996 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 1996 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 1996? Below is the year-end list of 1996's top-ranked golfers.

Charlotte Glutting, American Golf Star of the 1930s

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Charlotte Glutting was an American amateur golfer prominent in the 1930s. Although she never won the biggest United States tournament for women at the time, the U.S. Women's Amateur, she had many other top wins. And Glutting was a key player on some early American teams in the Curtis Cup.

AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship Golf Tournament

The AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship was a golf tournament played on the Champions Tour in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, although with one large gap in that time span. It was the biggest tournament played in Canada for 50-and-over golfers during its time.

Has Any Golfer Made a Hole in One on the Masters Skip Shot?

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You know the Masters skip shot : Every year at The Masters Tournament, during practice rounds, most of the golfers attempt to skip their golf balls across the water of the pond in front of the 16th green. Those that get their skipped balls safely across and to the other side receive huge ovations. But has anyone ever skipped the ball into the hole?

Explaining the Golf Course 'Collection Area'

A "collection area" is a place on a golf course, most commonly around a putting green, where golf balls are prone to settling (or "collecting") after rolling into it. Collection areas are below the level of the surrounding green (or sometimes fairway), with the terrain sloping down towards the collection area.

1997 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 1997 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 1997? Below is the year-end list of 1997's top-ranked golfers.

Who Started the Masters Ball Skipping Tradition on Augusta's 16th Hole?

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Every year during Masters Tournament practice rounds at Augusta National Golf Clubs, fans gather around the 16th hole and urge every golfer who arrives on the tee to "skip it!" What the fans want to see is the golfers attempt to skip their balls across the pond in front of the 16th, and onto the green. And today, almost every golfer obliges and tries the skip shot. But who started it?

Alfred S. Bourne Trophy Goes to Senior PGA Championship Winner

The Alfred S. Bourne Trophy is the name of the trophy that is presented to the winner of the Senior PGA Championship. That tournament dates to 1937 and is one of the major championships of men's senior professional golf.

1998 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 1998 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 1998? Below is the year-end list of 1998's top-ranked golfers.

Wiffy Cox, Prominent 1930s PGA Tour Golfer

Wiffy Cox was a golfer who earned all his wins on the PGA Tour in the 1930s. He had one great year in which he led the tour in wins, followed by a long, great career as a club pro at one of America's top clubs.

The PGA Tour's Yearly Win Leaders

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Which golfers have led the PGA Tour in wins each year? Below is the list of yearly victory leaders on the PGA Tour, going back to the founding of the PGA in 1916. You'll see lots of big names, of course, but probably also a few names that surprise you.

1999 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 1999 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 1999? Below is the year-end list of 1999's top-ranked golfers.

LPGA Record: Oldest Golfer to Make a Cut

Who is the oldest golfer to make the cut in an LPGA Tour tournament? The golfer who did it was 64 years old at the time. Welcome to Big Mama's house.

How to Play the Best Drive Golf Game

What is the key to winning the golf game known as "Best Drive"? You already know, based on the name of the game: hitting the best tee shot on a hole.

2000 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2000 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2000? Below is the year-end list of 2000's top-ranked golfers.

Golfers Who Birdied the Last Hole to Win The Masters? It's a Short List

How many golfers have won The Masters Tournament with a birdie on their last hole? The golfer reached the 72nd hole of the tournament, and made a birdie putt that ended up being the winning putt. That's the scenario we're talking about. And, so far, it has only happened six times in Masters history.

Golfer Labron Harris Jr. Biography

Labron Harris Jr. was a PGA Tour player in the 1960s and 1970s, whose career never quite measured up to expectations. He did win, however, and his pro career followed an amateur golf career that was short but full of accomplishment.

Augusta National Par-3 Course: Scorecard, Handicaps, Flyover, History

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The Augusta National Par-3 Course occupies a small slice of the larger grounds at Augusta National Golf Club, but every year it is the site of The Masters Tournament Par-3 Contest , which makes it by far the most-famous par-3 golf course on the planet.

2001 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2001 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2001? Below is the year-end list of 2001's top-ranked golfers.

Explaining the Taft System Golf Format

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"Taft System" is an old name of an old golf game, a format that is played by four golfers, two per side (two vs. two). All four golfers play their own golf ball throughout, and on each hole two points are available for the winning. High points at the end wins the game. Now, let's get into the details.

Masters Par-3 Contest: Winners, Records, Who Can Play and More

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The Masters Par-3 Contest is played every year at Augusta National Golf Club on the Wednesday of Masters Tournament Week, the day before The Masters proper tees off. Founded in 1960, it has become one of the most beloved (by fans and players) parts of the annual golf calendar.

2002 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2002 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2002? Below is the year-end list of 2002's top-ranked golfers.

Club Pro vs. Tour Pro: What's the Difference?

The terms "club pro" and "tour pro" are used to designate two different types of jobs, two different types of golfers who make their livings in golf. And typically, a golfer who is one of the two types is a lot more likely to be famous than the other.

Enid Wilson: Bio of Champion British Golfer

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Enid Wilson was an English golfer who won the British Ladies Amateur Championship three consecutive years in the early 1930s. The authors of the 1975 Encylopedia of Golf judged that Wilson was "widely regarded as the finest British woman golfer between the wars after Joyce Wethered," and said of Wilson that she "had a sound rather than graceful swing but she was a resolute competitor capable of her best when it mattered most."

Who Were the First Golfers Inducted Into a Hall of Fame?

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The World Golf Hall of Fame has existed in one form or another since 1974. But today's WGHOF was not the first hall of fame to honor and induct golfers. There were halls of fame prior to the current one, and in this article we'll list the golfers who were inducted into the first class of the first hall of fame.

2003 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2003 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2003? Below is the year-end list of 2003's top-ranked golfers.

Has a Par-3 Contest Champ Ever Won The Masters?

The question of whether a Masters Par-3 Contest winner has also won The Masters Tournament itself can be answered in two different ways: yes, and no. Because it depends on what exactly you mean when asking the question.

Profile of English Golfer John Beck

John Beck was an English golfer prominent in the first half of the 1900s. Although he wasn't a big tournament winner, Beck was an important figure in Walker Cup history, and well as administratively in British golf. He also once suffered a match defeat to Bobby Jones so bad that it remains a record today.

2004 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2004 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2004? Below is the year-end list of 2004's top-ranked golfers.

Masters Tournament Defending Champions Who Missed the Cut

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It is rare for a Masters champion to win back-to-back titles. It is less rare, however, for a Masters champion to miss the cut the following year. Still, it's not something that is common.

Long Beach Open, PGA Tour Golf Tournament

The Long Beach Open was a golf tournament in California played on the PGA Tour in three distinct timeframes: In the late 1920s, early 1950s, and, for a final time, in 1957. Its roster of champions includes Hall of Famers.

2005 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2005 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2005? Below is the year-end list of 2005's top-ranked golfers.

The Tour Golfer Who Was Murdered By His Tournament Host

In 1976, a tour golfer from England was staying with a "host family" in a private residence prior to a tournament. One night, he asked another pro if that pro's host family had any extra room: He was getting a bad vibe from the man at the home he was staying in. Within days, the English pro was dead — murdered by his host.

2006 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2006 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2006? Below is the year-end list of 2006's top-ranked golfers.

Golfer Bill Mehlhorn, the 'Wild Bill' of the PGA Tour

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"Wild Bill" Mehlhorn was a pro golfer in the early days of the PGA Tour, most of whose wins happened in the 1920s. While he never won a major, he made a mark on tournament golf in the United States with colorful play and several big years.

The Nelson Bridge at Augusta National

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The Nelson Bridge at Augusta National Golf Club is one of the famous landmarks on the golf course that is home to The Masters Tournament. It is named after an icon, and it is situated on golf holes that have become iconic.

2021 Masters Tournament Winner and Scores

The 2021 Masters Tournament was the 85th time this event, one of the four major championships of men's professional golf, was played. But for the first time ever, a Japanese golfer won the tournament.

2007 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2007 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2007? Below is the year-end list of 2007's top-ranked golfers.

Masters Honorary Starters: Full List of Golfers

How did the Masters honorary starter tradition begin? Who were the first golfers to serve in the role? How many golfers overall have hit the tournament's ceremonial opening tee shot? Those are some of the questions we'll answer in this article.

The 'Lofter' or 'Lofting Iron' (Old Golf Club)

For a relatively brief period, from around the last couple decades of the 1800s to the first decade or so of the 1900s, a golf club known as a "lofter" or "lofting club" was part of the family of golf clubs. It was an ancestor of modern wedges, and was also something of a game-improvement club for its time.

Golf Pro vs. Pro Golfer: What's the Difference?

You say golf pro, I say pro golfer. Are we talking about the same thing? Are the terms "golf pro" and "pro golfer" synonymous, or do they mean different things? The answers are yes, and sometimes.

2008 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2008 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2008? Below is the year-end list of 2008's top-ranked golfers.

North British-Harrogate Golf Tournament Winners, Records

The North British-Harrogate Tournament was a men's professional golf tournament played in the North of England from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s. The roster of champions includes some of the biggest names playing the British pro circuit at that time.

Golfer David Brown, 19th-Century Open Champ

David Brown as a Scottish golfer who was a British Open champion in the 1880s. After emigrating to the United States, he came very close to winning a U.S. Open, too, but lost in a playoff.

2009 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2009 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2009? Below is the year-end list of 2009's top-ranked golfers.

PGA vs. PGA Tour: What's the Difference?

You say PGA, I say PGA Tour, someone else says PGA of America: Are we talking about the same thing? Just what are the PGA, the PGA Tour and the PGA of America? Do those terms refer to a single entity, or three different things?

How to Play the Poley Golf Game

Have you ever heard of a golf game or side bet named Poley? There are several such games that go by Poley, Polee or Pinnie. Polee and Pinnies often mean the same thing and involve golfers hitting approach shots inside the length of the flagstick. Poley, however, usually refers to a side game in which golfers are betting on their ability to sink putts that are longer than the length of the flagstick.

World Golf Rankings: Men, Women, Amateur, Junior

There are world golf rankings — both official and unofficial — at every level of golf: professional, amateur, junior; men's and women's, boys' and girls'.

2010 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2010 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2010? Below is the year-end list of 2010's top-ranked golfers.

The Havemeyer Trophy for U.S. Amateur Champ Has a Most Interesting History

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What's the name of the trophy awarded to the U.S. Amateur Championship winner ? It's the Havemeyer Trophy, one of the most-coveted trophies in amateur golf. And it has one of the most interesting histories of any golf trophy, a history that includes fire, destruction, theft, breakage ... and even a stand-in borrowed from Jack Nicklaus' trophy case.

2011 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2011 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2011? Below is the year-end list of 2011's top-ranked golfers.

Helen Hicks, Pioneer of Women's Pro Golf

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Helen Hicks won some big golf tournaments in the 1930s, including the U.S. Women's Amateur, but her impact on golf is much greater for reasons other than her tournament success: She was the first woman to earn her living as a touring professional golfer. Hicks went on to become one of the founders of the LPGA Tour.

2012 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2012 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2012? Below is the year-end list of 2012's top-ranked golfers.

How to Play a Worst Ball Scramble in Golf

A "worst ball scramble" is a type of golf tournament format (or, as we'll see below, a practice game for individual golfers) in which the bad shots are the ones you have to play. It's the opposite of the regular scramble format, in which golfers' best shots are the ones that are used.

2013 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2013 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2013? Below is the year-end list of 2013's top-ranked golfers.

The Golfer Who (Briefly) Put His Match on Hold to Get Married

John Ball Sr. was an important figure in the history of golf in Hoylake and Liverpool, England. He owned the Royal Hotel, which was the first home of Royal Liverpool Golf Club. And he was the father of John Ball Jr. , who won a British Open and won the British Amateur Championship a record eight times from the 1880s into the 1910s.