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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 .