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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

The 2021 Masters Tournament will be the 85th time this event, one of the four major championships of men's professional golf, is played. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament will be played with limited in-person attendance, resulting in much smaller crowds than usual.

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.