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Tournament Players Championship (Haig Whisky TPC)

This Tournament Players Championship should not be confused with the U.S. PGA Tour's Players Championship, which used the "Tournament Players Championship" name in its early years. The tournament we're writing about here was on the European Tour in the late 1970s and early 1980s. After its first two years, the tournament carried title sponsors, and its best-remembered name during those years is Haig Whisky TPC.

What Is the Golf Score Called a Dodo?

"Dodo" is — make that was — a term used for a score of 3-under-par on a given golf hole. But just like the flightless bird the score is named after, the golf usage of "dodo" eventually went extinct.

Explaining the 'Ringer Score' ('Ringer Round')

Do you have a favorite golf course that you love to play as often as you can? Do you know what your "ringer score" is on that course? A ringer score, also called a "ringer round," is the total score a golfer makes counting only his lowest scores on each hole of a golf course that is played multiple times within a given time period.

Golfers With Most Ryder Cups and Matches Played

Which golfer has played in the most Ryder Cups? And which golfer has played the most matches in his Ryder Cup appearances? Phil Mickelson holds one of those records and shares the other.

Johnny Revolta: Profile of 1930s PGA Tour Star

Johnny Revolta was a PGA Tour golfer who was a consistent winner through the 1930s. He won enough to rank among that decade's best, and those victories included a PGA Championship. He later became a top instructor, called a "genius of the short game" by Ben Hogan, and wrote multiple books with his teachings.

Looking Back: Inverness Invitational Four-Ball (PGA Tour)

The Inverness Invitational Four-Ball was a tournament on the PGA Tour during the 1930s to 1950s. It was a short-field, 2-man team event, with golfers in the field playing after receiving invitations in the mail from the host club, Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

Definition of 'Pitch Mark' in Golf

The golf term "pitch mark" most commonly refers to a small depression in the surface of the putting green that is sometimes made by a golf ball as it strikes the green. "Pitch mark" can also refer to a depression in the sand within a bunker, also made by a descending golf ball.

Golfers With Most Solheim Cups and Matches Played

In the history of the Solheim Cup, which golfer has made the most appearances as a player? And which golfer has played in the most combined singles, fourballs and foursomes matches? In both cases, the record-holder is Laura Davies.

Most Career Wins on the Ladies European Tour

Who has the most career wins on the Ladies European Tour? That golfer who is No. 1 on the list below is Laura Davies, and she has more than twice at many LET victories as the golfer in second place.

Mickey Walker: Golf's Only 4-Time Solheim Cup Captain

Mickey Walker is an English golfer who was one of the most prominent members of the Ladies European Tour in the years immediately after that tour's founding in the late 1970s. Before that, Walker had a brief but spectacular amateur career, including reaching the championship match three years running in the British Women's Amateur and winning two of them. After her LET success, Walker was selected as the captain for Team Europe in each of the first four Solheim Cups.

British Women's Matchplay (Original LET Tourney)

The British Women's Matchplay Championship was a golf tournament in the early years of the Ladies European Tour. In fact, the tournament debuted in the LET's very first season.

Explaining the Umbrella Game in Golf

"Umbrella" is the name of golf game or side bet played within a quartet of golfers who have paired off into 2-person teams. In the Umbrella Game, there are points at stake on each hole for achieving one of five goals. How many points depends on the hole being played, because in Umbrella the points match the hole number.

Golf Joke: The Heifer

Brandon staggered into a hospital emergency room, badly battered and bruised. A nurse and a doctor rushed over to help him to an examining room.

How Many Holes-in-One Have Happened in the Solheim Cup?

The Solheim Cup was first played in 1990. Since then, how many holes-in-one have been scored in the biennial competition? Through 2021, there had been exactly one. But in the 2023 Solheim Cup, another player finally holed out for an ace, too. The very first Solheim Cup ace was made by Anna Nordqvist, and here it is:

Golf Joke: The Tee Time

Tom was a man of faith, and a man of the golf course. He played golf every Sunday religiously, but only after attending church services. Tom was getting on in years, and one day after feeling ill, he said to his wife, "I sure hope there is golf in the afterlife. I feel terrible!"

Golfer Abe Mitchell: British Powerhouse, Ryder Cup Model

Abe Mitchell never won the British Open, but that was about the only thing missing from this English golfer's career. Mitchell arrived on the scene in the 1910s, and his career flourished in the 1920s and into the 1930s. In the generation after the " Great Triumvirate ," Mitchell formed another "Big 3," of a sort, in British golf with George Duncan and Archie Compston . Great Triumvirate member J.H. Taylor once called Mitchell, "the finest player who never won an Open Championship."

How to Play the 3-Putt Poker Golf Game

Three-Putt Poker is a golf betting game that combines an element of poker with the golfers' performance on the greens. Specifically, in 3-Putt Poker (just as in "regular" golf) golfers want to avoid three-putts and accrue one-putts. A 3-putt in this game will literally cost you money, while a 1-putt will increase your odds of winning the game pot.

Who Are the Oldest Golfers to Play the Solheim Cup?

In the history of the Solheim Cup, only one golfer aged 50 or older has played. The recordholder for oldest Solheim Cup golfer is Juli Inkster, who was 51 years, 2 months and 30 days old when she played in the 2011 Solheim Cup .

Who Are the Youngest Golfers to Play the Solheim Cup?

The youngest golfer ever to play in the Solheim Cup was just 17 years old when she set the record during the 2013 Solheim Cup . And that same year, there was an 18-year-old on the other team who became the second-youngest Solheim Cup player.

Golfers Who Won the Most Points in the Ryder Cup

Which golfer has won the most points for his team in the Ryder Cup? The all-time Ryder Cup points leader is Sergio Garcia, who earned nearly 30 points for Team Europe over his Ryder Cup career.

Herbert Jolly: Beat Hagen, Played in First Ryder Cup

Herbert Jolly was a professional golfer from the Channel Islands who won tournaments in Britain in the 1920s and 1930s. He is best-known today for being a part of the very first Great Britain team in the inaugural Ryder Cup. Jolly's other claim to fame is beating the legend Walter Hagen in the championship of a match-play tournament.

Ryder Cup Aces: How Many Holes-in-One Have Been Made?

The history of the Ryder Cup dates to 1927, and in that time there have only been six holes-in-one made during the match-play competition. The first Ryder Cup ace was in 1973, the most-recent in 2006. And only one of the six was by a golfer from Team USA.

2025 Walker Cup Dates, Golf Course

The 2025 Walker Cup will be the 50th time this competition, which dates to 1922, is played. The Walker Cup is played every two years between teams of amateur male golfers, one team representing Great Britain & Ireland, the other representing the United States.

How Much Are Solheim Cup Golfers Paid?

Women's professional golf tournaments on the LPGA Tour can offer prize funds of a couple million dollars or more. Payouts to the winner from such a tournament purse top several hundred thousand dollars and go up, with payouts descending based on place of finish. So how much money do the players on the winning and losing teams in the Solheim Cup earn? The answer is the same: None.