(World Famous and Record-Breaking Men in the History of the Game)
Over the last century, golf has emerged as one of the biggest and most widely played sports in the world. The rise of golf, both in America and around the world, has brought fame and riches to many, many men, and today it could be argued that professional golf has never been more popular.But today’s players owe an awful lot to those who came before them, as some of the greatest golfers of all time paved the way for today’s young stars and brought popularity to the sport.
(Record-Breaking Men in the World of Golf)
Slow play has been a long curse of the game golf, but not when Steve Jeffs is about.
The Briton is the new world record holder for the "fastest hole of golf" after completing a 500-yard par-five hole in just one minute and 50.6 seconds.
The 31-year-old physical education teacher's lung-busting record was set at the UK's Tiverton Golf Club last August and was recently ratified by The Guinness World Records. His time betters a mark of one minute 52 seconds set by fellow Brit Phil Naylor back in 2005.According to The Guinness World Records, the rule for the record attempt is that the hole must be at least 500 yards long.
The clock begins the moment the ball is first struck by the Golf Club and stops when it drops into the hole. The golfer can ride in a cart with his Golf equipment, but must finish the hole with as many clubs as they started with. He chose to sprint between the shots instead of riding a cart, but on the day of the record attempt he almost ran out of puff.
He only has three attempts and his first two was a complete fail.The nine handicapper had just enough in the tank for one final attempt, taking three shots to get onto the green before stopping the clock with the simplest of tap-ins after his first putt rolled up millimeters short of the cup.
As the news sunk in, Jeffs dropped to his knees in joyful exhaustion before being swamped by well-wishers including his wife Kelly who had been holding the flag.Jeffs is an enthusiastic promoter of speed golf -- a fast-paced version of the game where players complete 18 holes in about 80-90 minutes.The father of two is hopeful his new record-breaking feat will inspire his daughters and encourage more people to take up the sport. You may also like Speed Golf World Record.
Branden Grace shoots 62 at The Open, breaking all-time golf majors scoring record, after years and years of close calls and a whopping 31 rounds of 63, we finally have a 62 in one of the men's major championships.At long last, we finally have a 62 at the men's golf major championships. After years of challenges and multiple 18th hole interventions from unseen forces that made it seem like we'd never get a 62, Branden Grace finally delivered the magic number at The Open Championship.
Grace is super talented and has contended at multiple majors in his young career, but this was flawless from start to finish and the biggest moment of his career. Grace called it a "special day" and he didn't even have to sweat it out on the 18th hole as we've seen on an almost annual basis with all the 63s over the years. Grace needed only a tap-in par to set the new record and post an 8-under 62 that has him now tied for second place at the 146th Open.
Australian professional golfer Rhein Gibson has provisionally set a new world record for the lowest round in golf, shooting a 16-under-par 55 at the River Oaks Golf Club in Oklahoma.The 26-year-old from Lismore in New South Wales was playing at his 'local' course in Oklahoma with two friends, having spent his college years in the area with Oklahoma Christian University. Only Homero Blancas, a PGA Tour player from the 1960s, has ever recorded a 55 before, but on a par-70 course of just 5000 yards.
This score was originally in the Guinness Book of World Records but taken out after harder qualifying rules were set.Gibson's round falls into the record parameters and, once cleared, will be a new world mark.Starting on the back nine of the 6698-yard par-71 course, Gibson started with a routine par before notching up two eagles and a birdie in his next three holes.He then continued his birdie blitz with five straight to close out a mind-boggling nine holes in 26 shots, 10 under par.Forced to wait 15 minutes at the turn Gibson could only manage pars on the first two holes but then birdied six of the last seven to post an incredible 55.
England broke the world record for the fastest hole of golf by a team of four - before pulling a fast one on unsuspecting team member Matthew Southgate.
The English quartet of Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick, Ian Poulter and Southgate completed the par-five 15th at Regnum Carya Golf Resort and Spa in Antalya in 32.70 seconds to set a new Guinness World Record time.
That was just 0.26secs quicker than the South African team of Brandon Stone, Haydn Porteous, Dylan Frittelli and George Coetzee, but took 2.17s off the previous best set by France at Valderrama last year. England's reward is a place in the record books and a certificate for each member of the team, although Southgate was then persuaded they had also won £50,000 each.
(World’s Most Famous Men in the History of Golf)
When it comes to the game of Golf, who wouldn’t know, or haven’t heard of the name Tiger Woods? (Well, unless you’re not a sports fan, or just don’t watch news), you will definitely know or heard of him for even once.
Who is Tiger Woods? Tiger Woods or Eldrick Tont Woods in real life, born in Cypress California in December, 1975 is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time.He won the U.S. Masters at Augusta in 1997 with a record score at age 21, making him the youngest man and the first African American to earn the title.Woods won another 13 majors and was named the PGA Player of the Year 10 times over the next 12 years, but he struggled to regain his top form after personal problems surfaced in 2009. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several yearsWoods studied at Stanford University, and won a number of amateur U.S. golf titles before turning professional in 1996. He shot to fame after winning the U.S. Masters at Augusta in 1997 — with a record score of 270 — at the age of 21.
Woods was the youngest person to earn the title, and the first African-American to accomplish this feat.In his first appearance at the British Open later that year, Woods tied the course record of 64. The next few years brought even more successes, including four U.S. PGA titles, three U.S. Open wins, three Open Championship wins, and three U.S. Masters wins.
In 2003 among Woods's five wins were the Buick Invitational and the Western Open. The next year, Woods won only one official PGA Tour championship. While he may have had some challenges on the course, his personal life was running smoothly. Woods married his longtime girlfriend Elin Nordegren, a Swedish model, in October of 2004.Returning to dominate the sport, he won six championships in 2005 and was voted the PGA Tour Player of Year for the seventh time in nine years.
Jack William Nicklaus or also known as The Golden Bear is an American retired professional golfer. He is widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time.
Born on January 21, 1940, in Columbus, Ohio, golfer Jack Nicklaus won two U.S. Amateur titles while attending Ohio State University.
He was introduced to golf when his father was seeking to rehabilitate a broken ankle. Tutored by Scioto club pro Jack Grout, Nicklaus won the Ohio Open at age 16 and the International Jaycee Junior Golf Tournament at 17. As a student at Ohio State University, he won the U.S. Amateur title in 1959 and 1961, as well as the NCAA Championship in '61.
Nicklaus also served notice to the game's top players by finishing second at the 1960 U.S. Open with an amateur-record score of 282. He turned pro in November 1961. Nicklaus proved a prodigy in the sport, shooting a 51 over nine holes at Scioto Country Club at age 10. After turning pro in 1961, the "Golden Bear" won six Masters Tournaments, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Open titles and three British Opens for a record 18 major championships. He has since expanded his business interests and earned renown as the head of a prominent golf course design company.
Nicklaus joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1990 and competed on a limited basis in the regular PGA Tour until 2005. Along with the six Masters victories, he captured five PGA Championships, four U.S. Open titles and three British Opens for a record 18 major championships. Nicklaus also won six Australian Open titles and was named PGA Player of the Year five times, a collection of hardware and accolades that left many believing he was the greatest player in the game's history.
Ben Hogan was an iconic golf player and is often named along with other big guns in the world of golf including, Tiger Woods, Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus. He is believed to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game and is remembered for his ‘golf swing theory’ (the swinging of golf clubs) and his ball-striking skills.
During the course of his career, he authored a golf tutorial, ‘Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf’, which is still extensively read by budding golfers and professionals.He dropped out of Central High School and began to focus his energies on playing golf professionally, debuting at the Texas Open in San Antonio, in 1930 at the age of 17, notwithstanding a terrible hook.He participated in his first P.G.A. Tour in the 1932 Los Angeles Open, where he finished 38th and won $.8.50.
A sturdy perfectionist, he was a man with an iron-will whose influence on the sport was reflective and his legacy was across-the-board. At the apex of his golf career, he won nine major championships—two Masters, one British Open, four United States Opens and two P.G.A. championships - being one of the five golfers to have ever done so in the history of golf.
Despite a major accident that almost took his life, his comeback was a heroic one, with all his fans reveling with joy over his return. He was the proud recipient of a number of distinctions and honors and was known for his superb golf course management skills that could put even his severest opponents into an acquiescent zone.
Robert Tyre Jones Jr. was an American amateur golfer who was one of the most influential figures in the history of the sport; he was also a lawyer by profession. Jones founded and helped design the Augusta National Golf Club, and co-founded the Masters Tournament.
The innovations that he introduced at the Masters have been copied by virtually every professional golf tournament in the world.Jones was the most successful amateur golfer ever to compete at a national and international level.
During his peak from 1923 to 1930, he dominated top-level amateur competition, and competed very successfully against the world's best professional golfers. Jones often beat stars such as Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen, the era's top pros.
Jones earned his living mainly as a lawyer, and competed in golf only as an amateur, primarily on a part-time basis, and chose to retire from competition at age 28, though he earned significant money from golf after that, as an instructor and equipment designer.
Explaining his decision to retire, Jones said, "It [championship golf] is something like a cage. First you are expected to get into it and then you are expected to stay there. But of course, nobody can stay there."Jones is most famous for his unique "Grand Slam," consisting of his victory in all four major golf tournaments of his era (the open and amateur championships in both the U.S. & the U.K.) in a single calendar year (1930). In all Jones played in 31 majors, winning 13 and placing among the top ten finishers 27 times.
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