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Players Championship Holes-in-One: 17th Hole and Others

The 17th hole of the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, home of The Players Championship on the PGA Tour, is one of the most-famous in golf: the island green . Have any golfers scored a hole-in-one on that hole during The Players Championship? Yes, several have. And there have been quite a few aces overall during the tournament's history.

Barbara McIntire, American Amateur Golf Champ

Barbara McIntire was an American amateur golf star of the 1950s and 1960s. She won three major championships of amateur golf, and came close to winning a U.S. Women's Open, as well. McIntire was a frequent player in the Curtis Cup and also captained Team USA.

LPGA Sprint Championship/Mercury Titleholders Championship

This golf tournament on the LPGA Tour was known by various names during its existence in the 1990s, including Sprint Championship and, at the end, as the Mercury Titleholders Championship. During its run, it was one of the highest-paying and most prestigious tournaments on the LPGA.

Winners of The Players Championship: Full List Plus Playoffs

The Players Championship is the pre-eminent tournament in golf that is run by the PGA Tour. It is considered just a notch below the four major championships of men's professional golf in importance. Below is the list of all the golfers who've won The Players Championship, plus the playoff participants and scores in years when playoffs were necessary.

Who Has the Most Wins in The Players Championship?

The Players Championship is often called " the fifth major " of men's professional golf. It's an important tournament, and winning it is a big feather in one's cap for the golfers good (and lucky) enough to do so. Which golfer has the most wins in The Players?

What Is the Golf Score Called a Turkey?

You scored a turkey on the last hole. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? In golf, the scored called a turkey is a bad thing — "turkey" is a term applied to a specific high score.

Golfers Who Made Two Aces in Same Tournament on PGA Tour

Have any golfers in PGA Tour history made two holes-in-one in the same tournament? Yes, that is something that has happened a handful of times in the tour's history.

Remembering Golfer Abe Espinosa, PGA Tour Winner

Abe Espinosa was a professional golfer in the United States in the first half of the 20th century. Although not as famous as his little brother Al Espinosa , Abe was also a winner on the PGA Tour. They were one of the earliest brother combos to both post victories on tour.

The Blackjack Golf Game Explained

Blackjack is the name of a golf side game that pays off to any golfer in your group who strings together scores that add up to 21. Sounds simple, and it is simple. It's also a game in which lousy golfers have exactly the same odds of winning as great golfers, because golf's Blackjack is entirely about luck.

What Is a Score of 6 on a Golf Hole Called?

If it takes a golfer six strokes to go from the teeing area on a hole into the cup on the putting green of that hole, the golfer writes "6" down on the scorecard. But in the lexicon of golf scoring terms — birdies, bogeys, etc. — what is a score of 6 called?

The Octogenarian (Golf Joke)

An 80-year-old man moved to a new city and joined a new country club. When he first showed up at the club, a lot of its members looked at him eagerly: an old man, someone we can win some money from!

Ben Hogan's Major Championship Wins, 2nds, Playoffs and Records

Ben Hogan has one of the best records in major championships of any golfer. He won nine of them and came close numerous other times, and still holds a few records today. And that's despite playing the British Open only once and playing the PGA Championship rarely after his life-threatening 1949 auto accident.

Golfer Wes Ellis: 1950s/1960s PGA Tour Winner

Wes Ellis was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1950s and 1960s. He got off to a hot start on the tour, but quickly decided he'd rather work as a club professional. Still, Ellis won three big tournaments and had some good showings in majors.

Roehampton Invitation Golf Tournament

The Roehampton Invitation Tournament was a British golf tournament played for 15 years in England, from the 1920s into the 1930s. The tournament was match play in all but its first year.

What Is a Sand Trap on a Golf Course?

A "sand trap" is a depression or hollowed-out area on a golf course that has been filled with sand. A sand trap, in other words, is a bunker.

LPGA Majors: The 5 Major Championships of Women's Pro Golf

Today there are five golf tournaments that make up the LPGA majors, the major championships of women's professional golf. Those five tournaments are the U.S. Women's Open, Women's PGA Championship, Chevron Championship, Women's British Open and Evian Championship. But the identities of the women's majors have changed frequently through the years.

What Is a Score of 5 on a Golf Hole Called?

Let's say a golfer is playing the first hole on her local golf course. And when the ball rolls into the cup on the green, she tallies up her strokes and has a score of 5. Among the scoring terms used in the game — for example, birdies and bogeys — what is a score of 5 called?

What Hardpan Is on the Golf Course

Do you know what hardpan is on a golf course? It's an area of very hard, bare ground, and most golfers will rue their luck if their golf ball comes to rest on it.

Golfer Chandler Egan: Early American Amateur Champ

Chandler Egan was an American amateur golfer who won the U.S. Amateur Championship twice in the first years of the 20th century. He was one of the first championship golfers to come out of the college golf scene. And Egan played an important role in the growth of golf in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

What Golfers Mean When Discussing 'Water Holes'

"Water hole" is a term that many golfers use to indicate that the hole under discussion includes a water feature — pond, stream, lake, river, ditch, whatever — somewhere on the hole. When recreational golfers are talking "water holes," we are usually doing so because we believe that water feature is a water hazard .

Yearly Birdie Leaders on the LPGA Tour

Which golfers on the LPGA Tour have been best at racking up birdies? One way to look at the question is through the LPGA's Total Birdies statistic. That stat ranks golfers each year based on their total number of birdies recorded during official tournament rounds.

Threesomes in Golf: Fun! (But Not Like That)

The term "threesomes" has a couple of meanings in golf. Commonly, "threesomes" refers to any group of three golfers playing together. But it is also the name of a specific competition format in which one golfer plays against two others.

'Outward Nine' and 'Inward Nine' Definitions

As golfers we sometimes hear the phrases "outward nine" and "inward nine." Some golfers even use those phrases. Do you know what they mean? They are golf course terms that refer to the front nine and back nine, respectively.

Improving Confidence, Fundamentals With Circle Putting Drills

Do your putting fundamentals break down under pressure? Do confidence problems on short putts lead to a surplus of three-putts? What if we told you that there are putting drills you can do that will specifically target your under-pressure fundamentals and confidence on short putts? It starts by arranging your golf balls in a circle.

Golfer Jessie Valentine: Scottish Amateur Great

Jessie Anderson Valentine was a Scottish golfer who won numerous tournaments throughout Great Britain but also in Continental Europe. Most of her titles were in the 1930s and 1950s, on either side of World War II. Valentine is considered by many golf historians the greatest Scottish woman golfer of the pre-professional era in Britain.