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5 Things to Know for the British Open

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 03:38 Monday, 14 July 2014 16:37

British Open

Canadian Press

HOYLAKE, England (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Even for a major championship that goes back 154 years, the British Open is capable of providing a new experience.

Attribute that to the weather.

Returning to Royal Liverpool for the first time since 2006, two differences were immediately obvious. The flags above the grandstands surrounding the 18th green were rippling in a stiff breeze off the Irish Sea. There was hardly any wind eight years ago. And thanks to a wet spring, the grass was green and lush, compared with brown and wispy the last time.

And then there's Tiger Woods.



By the Numbers: 5 Things to Know for the U.S. Open

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 18:56 Monday, 09 June 2014 18:54

Ben Kimball

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

PINEHURST, North Carolina — Phil Mickelson always wanted to win a U.S. Open. With his victory last summer in the British Open, the U.S. Open is the only major keeping him from capturing the career Grand Slam.

Only five other players have done that. But he has not won in 11 months. And his only headlines lately have been links to an insider trading investigation involving investor Carl Icahn and gambler Billy Walters.



By The Numbers: 15 Things You Didn't Know About Your Golf Clubs

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 08:54 Monday, 26 May 2014 22:01


The good folks at Fujikura, makers of one of the finer golf shafts in the industry, have come up with a list of very interesting facts about golf clubs and their history for our enlightenment and entertainment.

For instance, did you know that the most expensive golf club in the world was bougth at auction for $181,000.00?

No? Well, neither did we...but if you read the infographic they've produced below you'll find out about that and 14 other really cool facts you probably didn't know about golf clubs.



By the Numbers: Top 10 Animal Encounters on the PGA Tour

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 May 2014 23:27 Sunday, 04 May 2014 23:17


(Golf Canada)

Check out the 10 most memorable animal encounters on the PGA Tour, featuring Sammy the Squirrel, an iguana in Puerto Rico, and the seagull at THE PLAYERS Championship.



By the Numbers: The 5 Best Masters Debut

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 19:19 Wednesday, 09 April 2014 19:15

Jason Day

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

AUGUSTA, Georgia — Billy Horschel won the Zurich Classic two weeks after the Masters last year, and thus became first on the list of players who earned their first trip to Augusta National. He just had no idea how long the list would grow.

Derek Ernst won at Quail Hollow. Harris English won in Memphis.

Throw in the six amateurs, and then cap it off with Matt Jones being the last man in by winning the Shell Houston Open. The final tally is a record 24 players who will be making their debut at the Masters this year.



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