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5 Players Who Suffered U.S. Open Heartache

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 18:46 Tuesday, 14 June 2016 18:18

Colin MontgomerieCanadian Press

OAKMONT, Pennsylvania (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tom Lehman placed both hands over his cap in disbelief when his shot into the 17th green at Congressional bounded off the side of the green and into the water in 1997, ending his hopes at a U.S. Open he never won.

It wasn’t for a lack of effort. A year later, Lehman became the first player since Bobby Jones to play in the final group at a U.S. Open four consecutive years. The difference was that Jones wound up a winner.

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By the Numbers: 5 of the Biggest Routs in Masters History

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 April 2016 21:54 Tuesday, 05 April 2016 08:51

Cary MiddlecoffCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Jordan Spieth won the Masters by four shots last year, and he made it seem easy.

He became the first wire-to-wire winner since Raymond Floyd in 1976. Perhaps even more telling was that Spieth was the first Masters champion since Craig Wood in 1941 to never let anyone closer than three shots of his lead after the opening round.

It could have been worse.

Spieth had a three-putt bogey on No. 12, and he missed a short par putt on the 18th hole that would have given him the Masters record. Instead, he tied Tiger Woods (1997) at 18-under 270.

It was a dominant victory, to be sure.

But it still doesn’t make the list of the biggest blowouts in Masters history.

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Best Moments in 10 Previous Meetings of the Presidents Cup

Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2015 01:43 Monday, 05 October 2015 01:35

Fred CouplesCanadian Press

INCHEON, South Korea (Doug Ferguson/AP) — The 10 best moments from the Presidents Cup, which will be played October 8-11, at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea:

10. OH, CANADA

Mike Weir, at No. 20 in the standings, was a captain’s pick for the 2007 Presidents Cup in Canada. Even though the Americans had a huge lead at Royal Montreal going into Sunday, the Canadian faced Tiger Woods with a nation watching. Weir made a birdie to square the match on the 17th. On the final hole, Woods’ tee shot failed to clear the water on the left. It splashed down right in front of a pair of fans holding a Maple Leaf flag. The Americans won the cup. Weir won a match that felt almost as big.

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Top 10 All-Time Putts from No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 07:04 Tuesday, 05 May 2015 06:55

Top 10 Putts at TPC SawgrassCheck out the top-10 putts from THE PLAYERS Championship at the infamous par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass with shots from Martin Kaymer, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods, and more.

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10 Things About the Masters You Should Know

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 23:26 Monday, 06 April 2015 23:20

Tiger Woods 1997 MastersCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Ten historical nuggets worth knowing to know about the Masters and Augusta National Golf Club:

WHAT’S THE SCORE: Clifford Roberts, co-founder of Augusta National, devised a scoring system for the 1960 Masters that he called the “over-and-under” method. Scores were shown on a cumulative basis on how a player stood with respect to par, such as 10-under par or 3-over par. That has become the standard for scoring at golf tournaments around the world.

MEASURING HOLES: The Masters is the only major golf tournament in which the yardage of each hole is rounded off to end in “5” or “0.” Roberts felt that an exact yardage was not relevant because the movement of tee markers and pin positions for each round changed the distance. The course is listed at 7,435 yards. And no one can be sure it ever plays to that length.

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