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The article below was written by George Cooper of National Club Golfer.

Many of the sport’s biggest names have been involved in one way or another in helping women’s golf reach where it is today. To celebrate Women’s Golf Day, here is our tribute to the most influential women in golf…


Mickey Wright

The stats and figures on Wright’s record are incredible. Here are a couple of pearlers:

+ She won 13 major championship titles, second only to Patty Berg’s 15, and all these wins came in an eight-year period.

+ She holds – and always will hold – the LPGA Tour record for most victories in a single season with 13 in 1963. She is also second, along with Annika Sorenstam, on this list with 11 wins the following year. Forty-four of her wins came in a four-year period.

+ She also went 14 years straight with a win on tour. Mind boggling.

“She had the finest swing I ever saw,” Ben Hogan once said.


Annika Sorenstam

Another contender for the GOAT. Having retired with 93 professional titles and an incredible 10 major championship wins, Sorenstam really did achieve everything in golf.

She was very much at the head of the game as women’s golf continued to emerge from the shadows and began to become the spectacle that is it today.


Dame Laura Davies

Next is the lady who really sums up what it is to be a British golfing superstar.

Davies has won four major championships and proved that the LPGA Tour could be conquered by non-Americans when she became the first player from overseas to top the LPGA money list.


Se Ri Pak

The first Asian female to win a golf major and has since become a huge inspiration to many of those who have followed in her footsteps.

Incredibly, Pak won two majors in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour in 1998 and unsurprisingly, there was much more to come.

The Hall of Fame’s youngest ever inductee in 2007, Pak retired with 39 professional wins, including five majors.


Patty Berg

Berg still holds the record for the most major championships won by a female golfer with 15 under her belt.

Not only was she hugely successful in an individual capacity but she was also one of the 13 golfers that came together to form the LPGA and became the first president of the organisation.


Babe Zaharias

Alongside Berg and 11 other golfing icons, Zaharias was also a founding member of the LPGA.

Unlike many of today’s golf stars, she was not set on a career in golf from a young age but instead was competing in track and field events in which she won two gold medals at the 1932 Olympics.

Once golf was her focus, she claimed an impressive 10 majors.


Marilynn Smith

Nicknamed ‘Miss Personality’, Smith was a key founding member of the LPGA and her career outlasted that of all her co-founders.

She won 21 times on the tour with two majors before going on to become the first female to work on a broadcast of men’s golf.

A shout out too to the other LPGA co-founders: Louise Suggs, Sally Sessions, Betty Jameson, Opal Hill, Helen Hicks, Shirley Spork, Marlene Beuer Hage, Helen Dettweiner, Alice Beuer, and Bettye Dannoff.

All of these women played their part in creating one of the most successful golf tours in the game.


Michelle Wie

Wie burst onto the scene as a teenager and turned professional when she was just 15.

She has become an icon for the modern game and has helped the female game to move forward in terms of publicity and sponsorship as well as on the course.


Judy Rankin

Having turned professional in 1962, the American enjoyed a successful career on the LPGA Tour winning 26 times.

She has been an incredible ambassador for the sport and still spends a lot of her time around the game as she is now an analyst for Golf Channel.


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The article below was written by George Cooper of National Club Golfer.

PGA Tour star Michael Kim has revealed he was forced to fire his caddie after he repeatedly tried to distract playing partners Justin Thomas and Bobby Wyatt during a round in their amateur days.

In a shocking revelation which he tweeted, Kim, whose only PGA Tour title to date came at the 2018 John Deere Classic, shared how his former employee deliberately tried to “sabotage” Thomas and Wyatt by making noise during their backswings in the form of scrunching up peanut butter cracker wrappers.

Although clearly no fault of his own, Kim took to social media to apologise to Wyatt and the 2017 PGA Championship winner, adding he is “still sorry to them to this day”.

Kim refused to expose which tournament the incident took place at, but the Korean did reveal that he was left with no choice but to fire his caddie immediately after the round.

A somewhat bewildered JT took it in good spirits…

Great stuff.

Fortunately, no harm was done and the pair can laugh about the incident today. As for the unnamed bagman, we hope those peanut butter crackers were worth the P45…

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The article below was written by George Cooper of National Club Golfer.

Following another successful British Masters at The Belfry, rumours have been circulating that the Brabazon has been earmarked to host the popular DP World Tour event for the next five years.

Since becoming formally known as the British Masters in 1985, the tournament has only ever been held on English soil. The event was played at Woburn for 10 consecutive years before moving around to the likes of Forest of ArdenCollingtree Park, and Close House, before a two-year stint at The Belfry.

So in light of emerging speculation surrounding the Midlands resort’s extended hosting rights, I asked my NCG colleagues, as well as our social media following where they would take the British Masters if it were up to them…


Like the hosts in previous years, I’d take it to my homeland. Logistics aside, an Open at Royal North Devon is the dream – but a British Masters will suffice.

Alex Perry


I was lucky enough to see the British Masters at my home course, Close House, so that is out. It’s far too small to ever hold it but I adore Swinley Forest and no professional would ever moan about spending a week round there.

Steve Carroll


Obviously, I’m going to pick somewhere in Yorkshire. I would love to see the pros battling it out around Ganton, preferably in some brutal wind and rain to make us all feel better.

Hannah Holden


As for me, well, I’m a member at Woburn so I’d say bring it back to the Marquess for another 10 years! But taking my biased hat off for a minute, Royal Porthcawl makes sense. A spectacular links which, if logistics can be worked out, is a future Open venue. The British Masters could be the perfect test run.

So what do our readers have to say? Here’s a pick of the bunch


Formby would be ideal. Good transport links and a fantastic course.”

Shaun Thomas


“There are enough courses to move it around without using the same one. Being British it could be St MellionSunningdaleGleneaglesClose House, the list could go on!”

Tim Unwin


The Belfry was a great tournament with an amazing finish. That 18th hole always provides excitement. But Woburn is also a great alternative.”

Darren Ward


“Surely, it’s in the title. It should rotate around the home countries. There are plenty of courses that could accommodate it: HillsideRoyal PorthcawlPortstewartTrump International…”

David Owen


Royal Lytham as it appears to have fallen off the Open Championship rota.

Jeff Stewart


JCB Club… one of the best!”

David Williams


Should move around. I love Forest of Arden and St Pierre in Wales which has held the Solheim Cup.

Howard Jones


The Belfry is where I always associate the British Masters and have many fond memories of attending. The only other course I could think which has as good transport links and accommodation for spectators would be Celtic Manor.”

Paul Summerside


What do you think? Are you happy that The Belfry is set to host the British Masters for the next five years? Where would YOU choose to host the tournament if given the choice?


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The article below was written by George Cooper of National Club Golfer.

When Bill Haas chose his 68-year-old father Jay Haas to play alongside him at the 2022 Zurich Classic, it pushed him closer to becoming just the second player to make 800 starts on the US circuit. It got us thinking, so here are the top 10 golfers with the most PGA Tour starts in its storied history…


Top 10 players with the most PGA Tour starts

10. Bobby Wadkins

PGA Tour starts: 715
PGA Tour wins: 0


9. Raymond Floyd

PGA Tour starts: 726
PGA Tour wins: 22


8. Arnold Palmer

PGA Tour starts: 734
PGA Tour wins: 62


7. Doug Ford

PGA Tour starts: 744
PGA Tour wins: 19


6. Billy Mayfair

PGA Tour starts: 761
PGA Tour wins: 5


5. Mark Calcavecchia

PGA Tour starts: 761
PGA Tour wins: 13


4. Davis Love III

PGA Tour starts: 784
PGA Tour wins: 21


3. Dave Eichelberger

PGA Tour starts: 784
PGA Tour wins: 21


2. Jay Haas

PGA Tour starts: 799
PGA Tour wins: 9


1. Mark Brooks

PGA Tour starts: 804
PGA Tour wins: 7


That’s more than 7,600 appearances for 179 wins – including Bobby Wadkins, who holds the unfortunate record for most PGA Tour starts without a win. (His older brother, Lanny, more than made up for it with 21 wins, including the PGA Championship, and a spot in the World Golf Hall of Fame.)

Golf is hard, folks.


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The article below was written by George Cooper of National Club Golfer.

Teenage sensations have continued to burst onto the world golf scene over the years, proving that age is just a number in this wonderfully inclusive sport. Take a look as we provide the complete list of the youngest golfers to ever compete in the biggest tours and major tournaments.  


Youngest golfers on the PGA Tour

Don Dunkelberger, 11 years old (Chicago Open, 1937)
Lorens Chan, 14 years old (Sony Open, 2009)
George Burtoft, 14 years old (Utah Open, 1937)
Michelle Wie, 14 years old (Sony Open, 2004)*

Youngest winner: Chuck Kocsis, 18 years old (Michigan Open, 1931)

*Wie was given a sponsor’s exemption to play in the tournament, becoming the fifth woman and youngest ever to play in a PGA Tour event. 


Youngest golfers on the DP World Tour

Ye Wocheng, 12 years old (China Open, 2013)
Lev Grinberg, 14 years old (Soudal Open, 2022)
Kuang Yang, 14 years old (China Open, 2019)
Sergio Garcia, 15 years old (Turespana Masters, 1995)

Youngest winner: Matteo Manassero, 17 years old (Castello Masters 2010)


Youngest golfers to play in major championships

The Masters: Tianlang Guan, 14 years old (2013)
PGA Championship: Ryo Ishikawa, 17 years old (2009)
US Open: Andy Zhang, 14 years old (2012)
The Open: Zane Scotland, 16 years old (1999)


Youngest golfers on the LPGA Tour

Ariya Jutanugarn, 11 years old (Honda Thailand, 2007)
Michelle Liu, 12 years old (Canadian Open, 2019)

Youngest winner: Lydia Ko, 15 years old (Canadian Open, 2015)


Youngest golfers on the Ladies European Tour

Henni Koyack, 13 years old (Tenerife Open, 2003)
Julia Engström, 13 years old (Helsingborg Open, 2014)

Youngest winner: Atthaya Thitikul, 14 years old (Thailand Championship 2017)


Youngest golfers to play in the Ryder Cup

Team Europe: Sergio Garcia, 19 years old (1999)
Team USA: Collin Morikawa, 24 years old (2020)


Youngest golfers to play in the Solheim Cup

Team Europe: Charley Hull, 17 years old (2013)
Team USA: Lexi Thompson, 18 years old (2013)


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The article below was written by George Cooper of National Club Golfer.

For those of us fortunate enough to have done so, there is no greater feeling in golf than making a hole-in-one. Yet the odds of achieving such a momentous feat are always stacked against us, standing at an ambitious 12,000-1 for amateur golfers and 5000-1 for elite level players.

So how about making two aces in the same round?

And now add in the fact that those four strokes saved helped avoid a play-off by a single shot and secure a place in the next round of US Open qualifying.

It sounds like something out of a Hollywood script, but incredibly that’s exactly what Parker Coody pulled off when the college golfer did the unthinkable during a local qualifying event in his home state of Texas.

During his final round at Forest Creek where he started on the 10th hole, the grandson of 1971 Masters champion Charles Coody first aced the 160-yard 17th thanks to a pitching wedge and favourable wind conditions.

Later, at the 8th hole, the unthinkable. With 190 yards to the pin, Coody pulled out his 7-iron and took dead aim once again.

“That was nuts!” Coody told the Golf Channel afterwards.

“I just hit a good 7-iron, started it a little bit out right and let the wind just bring it in, and before I know it, it disappears! That was complete shock when it happened.”

Thanks to the pair of eagles, the University of Texas senior shot a 69 to secure one of the five qualifying spots and advance to the next stage of US Open qualifying. Had Coody finished just one shot worse, the Texan would have been forced to go through the trauma of a seven-way playoff to secure his qualification spot.

The US Open will be held at Brookline from June 16-19.