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Carol Mann: LPGA Golfer Was Big Winner

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Carol Mann was one of the giants of the LPGA Tour in the 1960s. Her playing career stretched into the 1980s, but she was also influential as an LPGA president and, for years after her retirement from tournament golf, as someone involved in women's sports on the administrative side. But it is as a golfer on the LPGA were Mann made her name, racking up win totals that still rank highly in the history of women's golf.

2024 PGA Championship Dates, Golf Course

The 2024 PGA Championship will be the 106th time this tournament is played. The PGA Championship, first played in 1916, is one of the four yearly "major championships" of men's professional golf. It is run by the PGA of America and also counted as a PGA Tour event.

Golfers Who Won 3 of the 4 Majors: Just Short of Career Grand Slam

In men's professional golf, there are four major championships: the British Open, U.S. Open, PGA Championship and Masters. Winning all four of them over the course of one's career is called the Career Grand Slam. There is no special phrase for winning three out of the four, but that is a rare achievement, too.

Oddball Local Rules at Willie Nelson's Golf Course

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One name of the golf course in Spicewood, Texas, that is approximately 30 miles west/northwest of Austin, near Lake Travis, is Pedernales Golf Club. But it's much better known by it's other name: Willie Nelson's Pedernales Cut-N-Putt.

The Definition of 'Carry' in Golf

Do you know the meaning of "carry" in a golf context? Golfers use phrases such as, "I need 150 yards of carry," or "you carried that bunker, no problem," or "what's the carry over that water"? Let's go into it to under the golf definition.

Golfer Chick Harbert: PGA Championship Winner, Ryder Cup Captain

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Chick Harbert was a Michigan golf great who won a PGA Championship in the 1950s and reached the championship match in the PGA two other years. He won multiple times on the PGA Tour (once beating Ben Hogan in a playoff), many times in Michigan state tournaments, and also captained Team USA in the Ryder Cup.

Esso Golden Tournament: Tour Event Used Round-Robin 3-Balls

The Esso Golden Tournament was a men's professional golf tournament on the British PGA/European circuit of the 1960s. It used an unusual format that required all the golfers in the field to play 14, 18-hole matches to determine the winner.

The 'Moles' Golf Side Bet Explained

Moles are burrowing animals and golfers hate burrowing animals (at least those that dig their holes on golf courses). You know what else can dig a hole on a golf course? Taking multiple swings to get out of a sand trap. And that is what the golf side bet known as Moles is all about.

Who Was the First Golfer to Win the U.S. Open 2, 3 and 4 Times?

The U.S. Open tournament record for victories if four, shared by multiple golfers. Who was the first golfer to win the U.S. Open four times? For that matter, who was the first double winner, and the first three-time champ? In all cases, the answer is the same: Willie Anderson .

Winners of The Tradition Golf Tournament (Champions Tour Major)

The Tradition is the name of a golf tournament on the Champions Tour, and the tournament is counted as one of the five major championships of senior golf by that tour. That makes all the golfers who appear on the list of winners below senior major winners.

The 18-Hole Scoring Record in the U.S. Open

What is the lowest 18-hole score ever recorded in the U.S. Open golf tournament — the lowest round in tournament history? That score is 63, and the first time it was shot remains one of the most-famous rounds of golf. But it has also been matched several times since.

PGA Championship Golf Courses: Where They've Played

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The PGA Championship is one of the four "major championships" of men's professional golf. It is run by the PGA of America, and the PGA selects each golf course that serves as the site of the tournament.

Golfer Chandler Harper: PGA Champ, Longtime PGA Tour Record-Holder

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Chandler Harper was a winner on the PGA Tour in the 1950s and a golfer who set victory records in his native Virginia. Harper won a PGA Championship, and he also set a PGA Tour scoring record that stood for nearly 60 years.

Tiger Woods' PGA Championship Wins and Yearly Finishes

Tiger Woods has four wins in the PGA Championship, second-most all-time. He also has three runner-up finishes in this major, also second-most all-time.

How to Play the 'Luck of the Draw' Golf Game

Want to play a game on the golf course the combines the skill of golf with the luck of a poker deal? The game named "Luck of the Draw" might be for you. This game rewards good golf scores with playing cards, and at the end of the round you try to form a better poker hand than your playing companions.

PGA Championship Top Finishes: Most Top 5s, Top 10s, Top 25s in Career

In the history of the PGA Championship, which golfers have recorded the most Top 5 finishes? How about finishing in the Top 10 most often? You can view those lists here, along with the golfers who had the most Top 25 finishes.

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren: Timeline of Their Marriage

Tiger Woods, one of the most famous people on the planet, and Elin Nordegren, who was a nanny when they met, once had one of the best-known celebrity marriages. It was one that seemed from the outside — and was always presented this way from the inside — idyllic. Of course, the Woods-Nordegren marriage soon came crashing (literally) down.

Jack Nicklaus' PGA Championship Wins and Yearly Finishes

Two golfers in PGA Championship history have won that major five times each, and Jack Nicklaus is one of them. His PGA Championship appearances span a period of 39 years, during which he played the tournament all but two years.

Tom Creavy: Golf Prodigy Whose Pro Career Ended in His 20s

Tom Creavy was a professional golfer who was turning heads on tour while still in his teens and winning a major championship before he turned 21. He was a tall, slim golfer with a smooth swing and a soft-spoken nature. The strength of his game was putting. But his tournament career was cut short by back problems and he retired from competitive play while still young.

San Francisco Open (National Match Play Open)

The San Francisco Open was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour that began as a match-play tournament but ended as a stroke-play event. During the match era, it was known as the San Francisco National Match Play Open. It was part of the winter tour, scheduled among other tournaments in California.

Golfers Awarded United States Congressional or Presidential Medals

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Two of the highest non-military honors the United States can bestow on civilians are the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And some golfers have been awarded one or the other — some golfers have even gotten both.

Golfers Who Made the Most Cuts in the PGA Championship

What is the tournament record for most cuts made in the PGA Championship? We'll answer that question in two different ways in this article.

PGA Championship Records: Tournament Bests and Mosts

The PGA Championship is the second-oldest of the USA-based major championships of men's professional golf, first played in 1916. Below you'll find a rundown of the tournament's all-time records, the bests and worsts and the golfers who set those marks.

What Was the Futures Tour in Golf?

"Futures Tour" was, for many years, the name of the LPGA's developmental circuit for golfers who aspired to play on the LPGA Tour. The LPGA is the top-level, U.S.-based tour for women professional golfers; the Futures Tour was the second-level, U.S.-based tour for professional golfers.

Golfer Jim Turnesa, PGA Champion

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Jim Turnesa won a couple times on the PGA Tour in the 1950s, but one of those wins was a major championship. He was just as famous in his time, though, for a PGA Championship that he lost only after playing his way through a murderer's row of opponents; and for a Ryder Cup match that was an early example of two opponents struggling with the crushing pressure of the moment.

How to Play the 40 Balls Golf Format

"40 Balls" is the name of a golf tournament format for four-person teams. Each team member plays his or her own ball throughout, so on each hole there are four, individual scores being returned on each team. How many of those scores does the team use? A total of 40 of them over the course of the 18-hole round.

Youngest and Oldest Winners on Ladies European Tour

The Ladies European Tour (LET) is the top-level women's professional golf tour in Europe. Its squad, known as Team Europe, faces Team USA in the Solheim Cup every other year. Below are the Ladies European Tour record-holders for youngest winners and oldest winners.

The Fishies Golf Betting Game Explained

The book and movie The Godfather (affiliate links) brought to common understanding the expression "sleep with the fishes." In golf (as in life), you never want your golf ball to sleep with the fishes, because that means you've hit into water. But hitting into water can also be an opportunity when your group is playing the golf betting game called Fishies.

Largest Margins of Victory in LPGA Tour History

What are the biggest winning margins ever in LPGA Tour tournaments? The LPGA plays tournaments of both 72 holes (four rounds) and 54 holes (three rounds) in length. So we've included the record for both below.

Arnold Palmer's First PGA Tour Tournaments and Pro Debut

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Arnold Palmer wound up with 62 PGA Tour victories in his career, seven of them major championships. But he had to start somewhere. That's what you'll read about below: the first PGA Tour tournament that Palmer ever played, which happened while he was still an amateur; and when and where he made his professional debut on the PGA Tour.

Tom Kerrigan: Golfer Hit First Shot in PGA Championship History

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Tom Kerrigan was an American golf professional who won tournaments on the fledgling pro tour in the 1920s, and who had a 50-year-run as club pro at Siwanoy Country Club in New York. He also has the distinction of playing the first stroke in the history of the PGA Championship tournament.

Bank of America Championship (Senior Tour Tournament)

The Bank of America Championship, known by multiple prior names, was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour for nearly 30 years. It stretched from the early 1980s into the late 2000-aughts. The tournament was always played in the Boston area.

Is There a 'Battlefield Promotion' for the LPGA Tour?

In golf, the term "battlefield promotion" refers to a golfer winning enough on a lower-level tour that he or she automatically gets promoted to a higher tour. The PGA Tour has such an arrangement with its developmental tour. Does the LPGA Tour? Can a golfer get onto the LPGA Tour through a "battlefield promotion"?

Big Break V: Hawaii Winner and Cast Members

The Big Break V: Hawaii was the fifth season of the Golf Channel reality/competition series The Big Break . Often called, in shorthand, Big Break V or Big Break Hawaii , this was the second edition of Big Break that featured an all-women cast of golfers (the first being Big Break III: Ladies Only ).

How Many Golfers Have Earned a 'Battlefield Promotion' to PGA Tour?

Each year, golfers on the PGA Tour's developmental circuit have available to them a special way of earning promotion to the big leagues: If they win enough tournaments, they get to go straight to the PGA Tour. But how many golfers have played their way onto the PGA Tour in this way?

Triple Bogey Golf Meaning and Example Scores

What is a "triple bogey" in golf scoring? If a bogey is 1-over par on a hole, and a double bogey is 2-over par on a hole ...

Bio of Irish Golf Champ Philomena Garvey

In the decades after World War II, Philomena Garvey dominated Irish women's golf. During the stretch from 1946-63, she won all but four years of the top Irish women's tournament. Garvey once refused to play in the Curtis Cup because Ireland was left out of the Team GB&I crest.

The Meaning of Bleeding/Stop the Bleeding in Golf

Maybe you've heard an announcer say on a golf broadcast something along the lines of, "Golfer X started bleeding on the third hole," or heard one golfer say to another something like, "You really need to stop the bleeding." In golf, those expressions are lingo referring to poor play.

Golfers Who Won the First Two Majors of the Year (and How They Did in Their Next Major)

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The first step in chasing the single-season grand slam on the PGA Tour is winning the first major championship of the year. The second step is winning the year's second major. The third step is ... well, nobody has ever made it to the third step: No golfer has ever won the first three men's majors of the year, much less all four.

Jack Nicklaus' First PGA Tour Tournaments and Pro Debut

Jack Nicklaus was in his late teens when he began showing up in PGA Tour tournaments. That was the late 1950s. And Nicklaus' entry into a tournament in those days, when he was building a great amateur record, always garnered attention. But what was his first PGA Tour appearance? How'd he do? And what about his pro debut — after turning pro, where did make his first PGA Tour start?

Robinson Open Golf Classic (Former PGA Tour)

The Robinson Open Golf Classic was a small-town tournament that survived for a half-dozen years on the PGA Tour in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Its biggest-name champion was Bob Goalby.

The Time Bobby Jones Won a PGA Tour Tournament in Augusta

In 1930, Bobby Jones won a PGA Tour tournament in Augusta, Georgia. The distant second-place finisher had beaten Jones earlier in the year, and went on to win the first Masters Tournament . This win by Jones, however, was not at Augusta National.

Bob Goalby: Masters Champion, PGA Tour Winner

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Bob Goalby won a Masters Tournament, but in a way that caused many fans to treat him as something of an accidental championship. He wasn't: Goalby earned that win, and double-digit wins on the PGA Tour. He also played a part in the creation of the modern PGA Tour, and then of the Senior Tour.

When Did Masters' Champions Dinner Begin and Who Started It?

Did you know that Ben Hogan is credited with starting the Champions Dinner tradition at Augusta National Golf Club during Masters Tournament week? Keep reading to see the letter Hogan sent that started it all.

Chevron Championship Winners: The Full List

The Chevron Championship is one of the five majors of women's professional golf, played early in every LPGA Tour season. It has been one of the LPGA Tour's majors since 1983. So this tournament's list of winners has something of a split history: the winners of it as a major, and the pre-major winners.

That Time Gene Sarazen Chased an Intruder Out of His Hotel Room With His Driver

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You probably know that Gene Sarazen won the 1935 Masters in a playoff after scoring his famous double eagle in the final round. That's how the tournament ended for Sarazen. But do you know how that tournament started for Sarazen? It started with him using his driver to chase a thief out of his hotel room at 4 in the morning.

Ameritech Senior Open (Champions Tour) Golf Tournament

The Ameritech Senior Open (called the SBC Senior Open its last few years) was a pro golf tournament on the Champions Tour, the men's senior tour in the U.S. It was played in the Midwest, taking place over the years in Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. It was scheduled for 54 holes.

Monday Qualifiers Who Won on the Champions Tour

Has a golfer ever played his way into a golf tournament on the Champions Tour through the Monday qualifier and then won that tournament? Yes — and it has happened more on the senior circuit than on any other U.S.-based tour.

John Paul Cain: From Stockbroker to Champions Tour Winner

John Paul Cain didn't turn pro as a golfer until he was 52. Then he embarked on an improbable Champions Tour career in which he won tournaments both as a Monday qualifier and as a sponsor exemption.

Do Masters Champions Get to Keep the Green Jacket?

Each year after the conclusion of The Masters Tournament, the winner is presented with the club's famous "Green Jacket." But what happens after the presentation ceremony is over — does the golfer get to keep the jacket?

The Golfer Who Aced a Par-4 But Didn't Get a Hole-in-One

On March 26, 2015, on the 17th hole of the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, during the first round of the PGA Tour's Texas Open, Aaron Baddeley did something remarkable: He holed out a drive on the par-4. But it was not a hole-in-one.

Who Was the First Masters Champion to Get the Green Jacket?

The Green Jacket is awarded every year to the winner of The Masters Tournament in one of the most well-known traditions in golf. But who was the first golfer to be awarded the Green Jacket after winning The Masters?

When and Where Was Tiger Woods' Pro Debut?

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Tiger Woods left the ranks of amateur golfers and turned professional way back in 1996. But do you know exactly where he made his pro debut, and how he fared in that tournament?

Largest Margins of Victory in The Masters Tournament

What is the most strokes by which anyone has won The Masters Tournament? The largest margin of victory in any Masters is 12 strokes. That is also the only double-digit win; there really haven't been a lot of Masters blowouts.

Joe Turnesa: Profile of the Golfer and His Wins

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Joe Turnesa won more than a dozen PGA Tour tournaments in the 1920s and 1930s, becoming the winningest member of the famous family of golfing brothers. He came close to winning two majors, too, only being denied by two of the biggest names in golf history.

News Chronicle Tournament Winners and History

The News Chronicle Tournament was a men's pro tournament that ran from the mid-1930s into the early 1950s, with a break due to World War II. It was named after its sponsor, the Brighton, England, newspaper.

Tiger Woods' USGA Championship Wins

The United States Golf Association (USGA) stages the biggest golf tournaments in the United States for amateurs and professionals. How many of those USGA championships has Tiger Woods won?

Golfers With Most 2nd-Place Finishes in The Masters

Which golfers have finished second most often in The Masters Tournament? Three very good golfers share that record, which is four second-place finishes.

Arnold Palmer in The Masters: Wins, Yearly Scores and Finishes

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Arnold Palmer was the first golfer to win The Masters four times, and the first golfer to play the tournament 50 times. In fact, Palmer played in The Masters for 50 consecutive years, beginning in 1955 and continuing through 2004. Following is a look at Palmer's four wins, plus his scores and finish in every Masters Tournament he played.

The Tour Player Who Aced Back-to-Back Holes — Including a Par-4

Did you know that a European tour golfer once made holes-in-one on back-to-back holes during tournament play? And that one of them happened on a par-4 hole ? It's true, and it's also the only known time a tour player, during a tour event, aced consecutive holes.

Cecil Leitch: Profile of English Golf Champion

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Cecil Leitch was an English amateur golfer who was the dominant player in British Women's golf in the 1910s and part of the 1920s. Although World War I undoubtedly cost her victories, she won the French Ladies Amateur five times, the British women's Amateur a record four times, and had multiple other significant wins.

Meaning of Old Golf Handicap Term 'Receiving a Half'

In older golf books and periodicals, one sometimes runs across accounts of matches in which one golfer is said to have "received a half." What does that mean? It's an old golf handicapping term that we're going to explain.

How to Play the Trouble Golf Game

"Trouble" is the name of a golf side game in which the object is to "earn" the fewest points, because points are "awarded" for negative achievements: things like hitting into water or 3-putting.

'Big Break Mesquite' Winner, Cast Members

Big Break Mesquite was the eighth 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.

Masters Top Finishes: Most Top 5s, Top 10s, Top 25s in Career

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In the history of The Masters Tournament, which golfers have recorded the most Top 5 finishes? How about finishing in the Top 10 most often? You can view those lists here, along with the golfers who had the most Top 25 finishes.

Masters Tournament Records

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Which golfers have posted the best scores for nine, 18 and 72 holes at The Masters Tournament? Who won the most, finished second the most, posted the most Top 10s? Who played the most, ran off the longest birdie streak, made the most eagles? All these Masters tournament records and more are included here.

Byron Nelson in 1945: 18 Wins, 11 in a Row, All His Scores and Finishes

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What's the most-famous year of any golfer in PGA Tour history? What's the best year any golfer has ever had on the PGA Tour? "Byron Nelson in 1945" is an answer to both those questions that immediately comes to mind. Perhaps only Tiger Woods' 2000 season is really in the running as a challenge to Nelson's incredible 1945 achievements. So we're going to run down what Nelson did on the PGA Tour in 1945, looking at every tournament he played.

Sam Byrd: From New York Yankees to Pro Golf Champion

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After his Major League Baseball career ended, Sam Byrd embarked on a new career as a professional golfer. And he was a pretty good one, winning a half-dozen times on the PGA Tour. He challenged Byron Nelson multiple times in Nelson's record-setting 1945 year, including in the final match of the PGA Championship. And Byrd has the distinction of being the only person who has played in both baseball's World Series and golf's Masters Tournament.

Double Eagle vs. Albatross: Which Term Should Golfers Use?

What is the term golfers use for a score of 3-under par on a hole? That is albatross. No, wait, it's double eagle. No, it's albatross. It's double eagle — it's both. Both terms are used by golfers, and some golfers have strong opinions about which of the two terms is correct.

7th Hole at Augusta National: Pampas

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Par: Par 4 Length: 450 yards Name: Pampas The No. 7 hole at Augusta National Golf Club is a tight driving hole that requires accuracy off the tee.

World Match Play Championship (Former Golf Tournament)

The World Match Play Championship was a men's professional golf tournament played from the 1960s into the 2010s. It might best be remembered as the Volvo World Match Play Championship, since the car-maker was the last of several title sponsors.

6th Hole at Augusta National: Juniper

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Par: Par 3 Length: 180 yards Name: Juniper The No. 3 hole at Augusta National Golf Club is a straighforward par-3 that, playing downhill, lets many Masters participants today play it with a short iron.

Eben Byers: U.S. Amateur Champ Who Had Horrific Death

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Eben Byers was a winner of the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1906, and he was a finalist in the championship match on two other occasions. But he is better-known to history for the gruesome death he suffered, and its impact on safety regulations in the United States.

Largest Final-Round Comebacks in PGA Tour History

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Any win is special, and come-from-behind wins are probably even more special to those golfers good enough (and lucky enough) to pull one off. But what are the biggest, final-round comeback wins in PGA Tour history?

9 Tips on Using the Practice Green to Improve Your Putting

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Here are some tips for getting the most out of your work on the practice putting green, whether that's a standalone practice session or on the practice green at a golf course before the start of your round.

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

Which golfer finished the year 2006 at No. 1 in the women's world golf rankings? The same one who began the year at No. 1 in the first-ever official women's world rankings.

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

Which golfer finished the year 2007 at No. 1 in the women's world golf rankings? On this page we'll find out that answer, plus look at the season-ending Top 50 in the Rolex Rankings, the official world rankings of women's professional golf.

LPGA Betsy King Classic

The Betsy King Classic was a golf tournament on the LPGA Tour, named after the 34-time LPGA Tour winner and World Golf Hall of Famer. The event had several title sponsors over its run (listed below) and, in its final two years, was known as the Wachovia LPGA Classic.

What Does 'Golf' Stand For?

Think about the word golf. Are the letters initials? What does "g.o.l.f." stand for? That's a question we are sometimes asked by people who have heard that the word "golf" was first created as an acronym, as initials that stood for a phrase.

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

Which golfer finished the year 2008 at No. 1 in the women's world golf rankings? On this page we'll find out that answer, plus look at the season-ending Top 50 in the Rolex Rankings, the official world rankings of women's professional golf.

5th Hole at Augusta National: Magnolia

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Par: Par 4 Length: 495 yards Name: Magnolia One of three roughly 500-yard par-4 holes at Augusta National Golf Club, the fifth hole also plays uphill.

Golfer Dick Burton: Profile of the Open Champion

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Dick Burton was an English golfer whose career suffered a major interruption by World War II, in which he served. But he still managed more than a dozen wins in big British tournaments, including the Open Championship. He's also the answer to a trivia question (yes, it's a trick question): Who held the British Open title the longest?

How to Play the 'Big Fish' Golf Betting Game

"Big Fish" is the name of a golf betting game in which the hardest holes on the golf course are worth the most money, and the easiest holes are worth the least money. The golfers in a group play the round, each hoping to bag the most-valuable holes — the biggest fish, so to speak.

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

Which golfer finished the year 2009 at No. 1 in the women's world golf rankings? On this page we'll find out that answer, plus look at the season-ending Top 50 in the Rolex Rankings, the official world rankings of women's professional golf.

The Double Eagle in Golf: Its Meaning and History

In golf, "double eagle" is a scoring term that refers to a score of 3-under par on a hole. The specific scores that result in a double eagle are:

4th Hole at Augusta National: Flowering Crab Apple

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Par: Par 3 Length: 240 yards Name: Flowering Crab Apple The first par-3 hole at Augusta National plays 240 yards during The Masters, but 70 yards shorter for members.

How Babe Ruth Introduced New York Times Readers to the Double Eagle

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The golf term " double eagle ," meaning 3-under par on a single hole, goes back to the early part of the 20th century. We've found it in print in American publications at least as far back as 1920. But it was a while longer before it appeared in the New York Times . And when "the Grey Lady" finally did use "double eagle" in an article, it wasn't an article about a golf tournament or famous pro golfer. It was an article about Babe Ruth.

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

Which golfer finished the year 2010 at No. 1 in the women's world golf rankings? On this page we'll find out that answer, plus look at the season-ending Top 50 in the Rolex Rankings, the official world rankings of women's professional golf.

Jack Burns, 19th Century Open Champion

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Jack Burns was a Scottish golfer who won a 19th-century British Open title. He was also a rare golfer who, after winning the Open title, later became a caddie.

Hardscrabble Open, Early Women's Pro Golf Tournament

The Hardscrabble Open was one of the earlier open (to pros and amateurs alike) tournaments for women golfers in the United States, and its roster of champions reads like a who's who of the first few years of the LPGA Tour. But the tournament pre-dates the LPGA, and only three of its years are counted as official LPGA tournaments today.

The Golf Scores That Result in a Quadruple Bogey

A quadruple bogey is a score on a single golf hole that is four strokes higher than the hole's par. Or, to make it more explicit, these are the numbers of strokes it takes to make a quadruple bogey:

3rd Hole at Augusta National: Flowering Peach

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Par: Par 4 Length: 350 yards Name: Flowering Peach The third hole at Augusta National Golf Club is the shortest par-4 on the course, and by almost 100 yards.

The Old Golf Scoring Terms 'Under 4s' and 'Over 4s'

If you spend any time reading old golf books or magazines, or researching golf history, as we do, you are bound to run across the old golf scoring terms "under 4s" (under fours) and "over 4s" (over fours). They always appear in conjunction with another number, such as "3 under 4s" or "5 over 4s." What does that golf scoring formulation mean?

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

Which golfer finished the year 2011 at No. 1 in the women's world golf rankings? On this page we'll find out that answer, plus look at the season-ending Top 50 in the Rolex Rankings, the official world rankings of women's professional golf.

Mike Turnesa: Profile of the PGA Tour Winner

Mike Turnesa was a club pro for his entire adult life and a touring pro, playing on the PGA Tour, from the 1920s into the 1950s. A member of a famous set of golfing brothers, his grandson won on the PGA Tour in the 2000s. Mike himself won multiple times on the PGA Tour, but is most-famous today as the loser of a major championship to Ben Hogan.

The Quintuple Bogey Explained

Have you ever made a "quintuple bogey" on the golf course? Our condolences. Actually, don't feel bad about it, especially if you are a beginner or just a casual golfer: Even the greatest golfers in the world have made quintuple bogeys. But it is a bad score in golf.

17th Hole at Augusta National: Nandina

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Par: Par 4 Length: 440 yards Name: Nandina The 17th hole at Augusta National is a fairly straightforward hole. Once bunkerless, it now has two bunkers guarding the front. The approach shot isn't long, but it is to a very hard putting surface that falls off almost all the way around.

How Many Golfers Won All 3 American Majors (U.S. Open, Masters, PGA)?

You've heard of the "career grand slam," a phrase that means winning all four of the professional majors in men's golf over the course of one's career. But what about the "American slam"? OK, we just made up that term. But it refers to winning all three of the United States-based men's majors during one's career. And you might be surprised at how few golfers have achieved that.

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

Which golfer finished the year 2012 at No. 1 in the women's world golf rankings? On this page we'll find out that answer, plus look at the season-ending Top 50 in the Rolex Rankings, the official world rankings of women's professional golf.

14th Hole at Augusta National: Chinese Fir

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Par: Par 4 Length: 440 yards Name: Chinese Fir The 14th hole at Augusta National Golf Club is the only hole on the golf course that does not have any bunkers. But plenty of sloping ground on the hole makes up for the lack of sand.

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

Which golfer finished the year 2013 at No. 1 in the women's world golf rankings? On this page we'll find out that answer, plus look at the season-ending Top 50 in the Rolex Rankings, the official world rankings of women's professional golf.

Waco Turner Open (PGA Tour Tournament)

The Waco Turner Open was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour in the early 1960s, played in Oklahoma. It is famous in tour history as the place were, in 1964, an African-American golfer first won an official PGA Tour event.

Golfer Pete Brown: First Black PGA Tour Winner

Pete Brown didn't just overcome racism and Jim Crow segregation laws to forge a winning PGA Tour career, but also polio: He had to spend a year in the hospital during the 1950s, then re-learn to walk, talk and golf. Still, in 1964 he became the first African-American golfer to win an official PGA Tour tournament.

How to Play a Red, White and Blue Golf Tournament

"Red, White and Blue" is the name of a golf tournament format that utilizes three sets of tees throughout the round: the red tees, the white tees, the blue tees. Or, to put it another way, the front tees, the middle tees and the back tees.

9th Hole at Augusta National: Carolina Cherry

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Par: Par 4 Length: 460 yards Name: Carolina Cherry The ninth hole at Augusta National Golf Club brings the front nine to a close. Aiming one's drive down the right-hand side of the fairway is considered the play off the tee.

Ladies European Tour Eastleigh Classic Golf Tournament

The Eastleigh Classic was a golf tournament on the Ladies European Tour that took place eight times from the mid-1980s into the early 1990s. It produced some of the lowest scores ever in 72-hole tournaments played on major world golf tours, including multiple rounds of 58 — but there was a catch.

What Was the Symetra Tour in Golf?

"Symetra Tour" was the name of the LPGA Tour's developmental circuit, a United States-based schedule of golf tournaments for women professional golfers who were not playing on the LPGA Tour. The Symetra Tour was, in other words, the second-level tour for women professional golfers in the USA, with the LPGA Tour being the top-level tour. The Symetra Tour still exists, but the name changed before the start of the 2022 season.

2014 Women's World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfer finished the year 2014 at No. 1 in the women's world golf rankings? On this page we'll find out that answer, plus look at the season-ending Top 50 in the Rolex Rankings, the official world rankings of women's professional golf.

What Is a Dandycap in Golf?

"Dandycap" is a slang term in golf applied to golfers who artificially lower their handicap index in order to appear (on paper) as better golfers than they really are. The dandycap, also spelled dandicap, is the handicap rating that they aren't actually good enough to play to.

Highest Winning Scores Ever in The Masters Tournament

Has a Masters Tournament winner ever finished over par? Yes, it has happened three times. Each of those three golfers won with a score of 1-over-par 289, which makes 289 the highest winning score in the history of The Masters.

Eric Brown: Scottish Golfer Was Ryder Cup Hero

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Eric Brown was a Scottish professional golfer best-known for his successes in his home country and in Ryder Cup singles matches. He won the Scottish PGA Championship eight times, for example (his tournament wins are listed below), and won a famously contentious Ryder Cup singles match against Tommy Bolt.

Champions Tour Senior Gold Rush Golf Tournament

The Senior Gold Rush was a golf tournament played on the Champions Tour (last played under the name Gold Rush Classic) from the late 1980s into the early 2000s. It was played in California.

True Story: Ben Hogan Suggested Eliminating Putting from Golf

There was a time, in his peak years, when some of his peers considered Ben Hogan the greatest putter of all-time. And there were other times when Hogan himself was so frustrated with his putting that he suggested getting rid of putting entirely — removing it from the game by turning every green into a funnel that fed golf balls into the hole. And then there was that time when Hogan was putting so poorly he said he was embarrassed to be watched by spectators.

2015 Women's World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfer finished the year 2015 at No. 1 in the women's world golf rankings? On this page we'll find out that answer, plus look at the season-ending Top 50 in the Rolex Rankings, the official world rankings of women's professional golf.

Tiger Woods' Largest Margins of Victory

What is the most strokes by which Tiger Woods ever won a pro golf tournament? Woods' largest margin of victory is 15 strokes, and his two largest winning margins both happened in major championships.

Most Wins In a Single Season on the PGA Tour

What is the all-time PGA Tour record for most wins in a single season? You might already know the answer — 18 wins — because it is one of the most-famous records in golf. But do you know how many golfers have posted double-digit wins in a single PGA Tour season? How many times there have been 8-wins-or-better years in PGA Tour history?

Golfer Willie Turnesa: Winner of Amateur Majors

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Willie Turnesa was the youngster in a family of golfing brothers, and the only one who didn't turn pro. He won the U.S. Amateur twice and the British Amateur once, along with multiple other significant amateur tournaments.

PGA Tour Record: Most Strokes Under Par, 72 Holes

How low can they go? How many strokes, that is, under par are PGA Tour players capable of scoring in a 72-hole tournament? It took until 2003 before any PGA Tour golfer finished at 30-under, but several more have since joined that club.

2021 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2021 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1? Below is the year-end list of 2021's top-ranked golfers.

The Bridgee (or Bridges) Bet in Golf

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Have you ever caught a lucky break when your golf ball appeared headed for the water but instead bounced over a bridge, or ricocheted off a bridge and onto dry land? If you were playing the golf side bet called Bridgee or Bridges, you'd then have a chance to win some money.

2021 Women's World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Who was the No. 1 player in women's golf at the end of 2021? Which golfers finished the year ranked the highest in the Rolex Rankings, the official world rankings of women's golf? Below is the year-end list of 2021's top-ranked golfers.

Estelle Lawson Page: Amateur Golfer, Champion

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Estelle Lawson Page was a winner of the U.S. Women's Amateur in the 1930s, beating a future LPGA superstar in the championship match. But you might call her the queen of Carolinas golf of the era: From the 1930s into the 1950s, she won at least 20 tournaments, all of them, except that U.S. Amateur, in the Carolinas.

Golfers Who Finished 2nd in Majors Most Often Without Winning

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Finishing second-place in multiple major championships is a pretty good indication of a very good golfer — even if the golfer never wins a major. That becomes obvious when you see the names of the golfers on the list of those with the most runner-up finishes in majors without winning one.

When Did Tiger Woods First Make a Cut on the PGA Tour?

Tiger Woods played in multiple PGA Tour tournaments as an amateur and as a teenager before turning pro at age 20. In which of those tournaments did Woods first play the weekend — when and where did he first make the cut in a PGA Tour event?

The Ferret and Golden Ferret in Golf

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Golfers are not fans of burrowing animals, at least not on golf courses: They dig holes, holes that can damage the course and even catch golf balls rolling along the ground. But golfers love ferrets! Why? Let's find out.

'Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe' Winner, Cast

Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe was the fourth 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.

The Youngest Winners in PGA Tour History

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Who are the youngest golfers ever to win an official tournament on the PGA Tour? The record-holder was only 18 years old when he won on tour — and he never won another tour event.

Chuck Kocsis: Michigan Golf Icon, PGA Tour Record-Holder

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Chuck Kocsis was an American golfer, a lifelong amateur, who was once voted the greatest Michigan amateur golfer of the 20th century. He never won the biggest amateur title, the U.S. Amateur, but earned many other victories. And one of those other victories makes him the youngest winner in PGA Tour history .