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Youngest Golfers Ever in the Presidents Cup

Who is the youngest golfer to play in the Presidents Cup? The golfer who holds that record was only 18 years old when he played for Team International in the 2009 event.

2013 U.S. Women's Open Winner and Scores

The 2013 U.S. Women's Open was the 68th time this major championship was played. For the winner, it was her second victory in the U.S. Women's Open, but her third major championship win of the year.

Pete Cooper: Golfer Won on Tour in 1940s, 1950s

Pete Cooper was a PGA Tour winner in the 1940s and 1950s, and the winner of a senior major in the 1970s. His tournament playing career extended from the 1940s into the 1990s. He was also a noted teacher of the game and had a major influence on Chi Chi Rodriguez.

West Palm Beach Open Invitational

The West Palm Beach Open Invitational was a PGA Tour tournament in the late 1950s and early 1960s, but both before and after it was a 54-hole, non-tour event. Arnold Palmer was its biggest-name champion.

Who Was the First Left-Handed Major Championship Winner?

The four major championships of men's professional golf are The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and British Open. And none of them was won by a left-handed golfer until 1963. The lefty who finally broke through in a major was the same one who had, just several months earlier, become the first-ever lefty winner on the PGA Tour .

2012 U.S. Women's Open Winner and Scores

The 2012 U.S. Women's Open was the 67th time this major championship was played. It was the second time it was played at Blackwolf Run, and the winner followed in the footsteps of her hero, who won the same tournament on the same golf course 14 years earlier.

Payne Stewart Award Winners — The Full List

What is the Payne Stewart Award? It's an award given annually to a golfer who upholds the traditions of the game and who has a focus on charity. The award was founded in 2000, shortly after Payne Stewart, an 11-time PGA Tour winner and three-time major champion, perished in a plane crash the week of the 1999 Tour Championship.

Presidents Cup Golf Courses: Where They've Played

The Presidents Cup is played every other year as one of the marquee events in the world of men's professional golf. But where has it been played? Below we take a look at the golf courses where the Presidents Cup has taken place.

Archie Compston: Bio of English Golfer, Teacher of Royalty

Archie Compston once beat Walter Hagen in a challenge match by the almost-impossible-sounding score of 18-and-17. He was an instructor to royalty; won tournaments on the PGA Tour and more in Britain in Europe; and played in the earliest Ryder Cups.

How to Play the St. Andrews Foursomes Golf Format

St. Andrews Foursomes is the name of a modified alternate shot golf format for 2-person teams. Both golfers tee off on all holes during the round and select the best drive, but they equally divide who plays the second strokes. And there's a catch: They have to decide before the round begins which of them plays the second strokes on odd-numbered holes, and which plays the second strokes on even-numbered holes.

What Is a Score of 2 on a Golf Hole Called?

You just had the pleasure of writing down a "2" on your golf scorecard. What is that score called? We'll tell you what it's called: great! But we'll also tell you what the golf scoring terms are for playing a golf hole in just two strokes.

2011 U.S. Women's Open Winner and Scores

The 2011 U.S. Women's Open was the 66th time this tournament was played. It came down to a 3-hole playoff between two Korean golfers who were very fresh-faced on the LPGA Tour. The winner was so fresh she wasn't even yet an LPGA member.

Youngest and Oldest Winners of the U.S. Amateur Championship

The United States Amateur Championship dates to 1895. In that long history, who are the oldest and youngest winners of the U.S. Amateur? The oldest was almost 50, the youngest hadn't yet reached 18. There is a 30-year age gap between the youngest and oldest winners.

The Chapman System Golf Format Explained

Chapman System is the name of a 2-person team golf format in which both golfers play two strokes, then the team finishes the hole playing alternate shot. The twist is that the golfers switch balls after the drives.

Dick Chapman: Golfer Won 5 National Amateurs, Invented Format

Richard "Dick" Chapman was an American amateur golf champion who was winning tournaments from the 1930s into the 1960s. He won national opens in five countries, and was the very first golfer to win the U.S., British and Canadian amateur championships. He also created a competition format, the Chapman System, that is still popular today.

Youngest and Oldest Winners of the U.S. Women's Amateur

Who are the youngest and oldest golfers to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship? The oldest is one of the giants in the early history of women's golf. The youngest was only 14.

Who Tees Off First on the First Hole? (And Methods of Deciding)

On the second hole through the last hole of a round of golf, golfers traditionally tee off based on "honors" — the golfer with the best score on the preceding hole goes first, and golfers follow in the order of their finish on the preceding hole(s). But what about on the first hole — how is the order of play on the first hole determined? Who tees off first, second and so on?

Tallahassee Open, Former PGA Tour Tournament

The Tallahassee Open was a PGA Tour golf tournament played from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. It was typically played late in the schedule. It was named the Centel Open at the end, and the tournament was discontinued when that title sponsor dropped out.

The Fensomes Golf Format Explained

Fensomes, or Fensome, is the name of golf competition format that is a variation on alternate shot. Fensomes is for 2-person teams and can be played as match play (tournament bracket or just a way for a group of four golfers to pair off into teams and compete) or used for a stroke-play tournament.

LPGA Golfers Who Won 2 (or More) Majors in the Same Year

How many times has a golfer won two or more women's major championships in the same calendar year? It has happened quite a bit, especially in the first couple decades of the LPGA Tour's existence. The incidence has slowed down somewhat in recent decades, but there are still plenty of LPGA golfers pulling off a single-season major-double — a few have even won three in a year.

Joe Carr, Irish Amateur Golf Great

Joe Carr is generally regarded as the greatest Irish amateur golfer of all-time. He won the British Amateur three times, the Irish Amateur four times. And he won around 35 other significant amateur championships. He was praised for his sportsmanship and his dedication to "the spirit of the game," and given awards for those very things by golf organizations around the world, including the USGA. A Walker Cup record-setter, he also captained the R&A.

Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic/Michelob Championship at Kingsmill

This PGA Tour golf tournament was played 36 times from the late 1960s into the early 2000s. It is probably best-remembered as the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic, the name under which it was most-often played. But the last name the tournament carried was Michelob Championship at Kingsmill.

What Does the 'LIV' in 'LIV Golf' Mean?

LIV Golf burst onto the pro golf landscape in 2022, challenging the PGA Tour and creating controversy around the world. But what about that name: "LIV Golf"? What does the "LIV" stand for? And how is it pronounced?

Explaining the Golf Term 'Ladies Playday'

The term "ladies playday" refers to a tournament day for a golf course's women's golf association or other group of women golfers. When a women's golf association has a regular game — say, a 9-hole twilight tournament every other Tuesday — that is called a "ladies playday."

Golfers With the Most PGA Tour Wins in Back-to-Back Years

Which golfers, in PGA Tour history, won the most tournaments in consecutive seasons? We're talking about cumulative wins over two PGA Tour seasons in a row. There have been seven times in tour history when a golfer won at least 17 tournaments over two years, and four golfers account for all seven.

Henry Ciuci: Golfer Won on PGA Tour in 1920s, 1930s

Henri Ciuci was a professional golfer from his teens, both a touring pro and a club pro. Always associated with New York, Ciuci won several tournaments on the PGA Tour in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

The Island Green in Golf: What It Is, Where to Find Them

"Island green" is a term golfers use for a putting green that is surrounded by water. Island greens are not common in golf course design, but they are more common than they used to be. The reason is the popularity — the notoriety — of the island green at TPC Sawgrass, home of The Players Championship.