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The Greatest Indian Golfers of all time

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Golf is not as much popular as cricket in India. But who plays the golf understands its perk. Termed to be the richest men sport, but golf has indeed a lot more to be offering apart from the labeled tag. 

From Jeev Milkha Singh to Shubhankar Sharma, the top players have plenty of achievements in their bag. These golfers are the real gem of the game; also they have revolutionized the Indian golf with their impressive game on the international level. 

They have a worldwide following like no other, which is a big thing in a one-sport crazy nation. And this is the reason why we call them the greatest Indian golfers of all time. 

1. Jeev Milkha Singh

Jeev Milkha Singh is one of the biggest names in the history of Indian golf. Born in the year 1971, he is the son of the legendary athlete, Milkha Singh.

In 2007, Jeev had been honored with the Padma Shri award from the government of India for his magnificent contribution to sports. He has been remarkable in his sport since he started playing professionally.

He made it on the list of Top 100 golfers in the owgr (official world golf ranking) in 2006. The legendary golfer is the only Indian golfer to have a tournament named after him (Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational).

Quick Stats –

  •   First Indian golfer to make to the top 50 in world golf
  •   Ranked 12th in the European Tour Tournament (2008)
  •   Honored with Padma Shri in 2007 (fourth highest civilian award of India)
  •  Honored with Arjuna Award in 1999
  • Only Indian golfer to have a tournament named after him
  • Topped the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2008

2. Arjun Atwal

Arjun Atwal is one of the finest golfers we have in the country. He was born in the year 1973 and developed a passion for golf since his childhood.

Arjun is the first Indian to play in the U. S PG Tour and after taking part in this tournament; he started getting nationwide recognition. Atwal was the second golfer behind Jeev Milkha Singh to earn membership of the European Tour.

Quick Stats –

  •   He is the first Indian golfer who won European Tour order of merit event.
  •  First Indian golfer to become a member of the U.S PGA Tour
  • Arjun topped the Asian order of merit in the year 2003.
  • In 2005, he was close to winning the PGA Tour
  • He is the first Indian on Asian PGA to exceed the US $1 million in career earnings.
  • In 2000, he has won the Hero Honda Masters tournament
  • Honored with Arjuna Award in 2007 from the Government of India

3.   Jyoti Randhawa

Jyoti Randhawa, the famous golfer from Gurugram, after winning the sub-junior title in 1986, he became obsessed with golf and that’s where the journey of the golfing star started.

Randhawa turned professional in 1994 and now holds many achievements in his bag. However, because of inactivity, he is now ranked 1520 in the world.

Quick Stats –

  •  He topped Asian Tour merit list in 2002
  • Jyoti has won 8 Asian Tour titles
  • He was first Indian golfer to reach top 100 rankings in the world

 4.   Anirban Lahiri

Anirban Lahiri, the well-known golfer was born in 1987. He turned towards professional golfing in 2007 and was a part of the Asian tour in 2008.

Anirban is a star player and was honored with prestigious Arjuna Award in 2014 for his magnificent contribution in golf. Lahiri is one of the best golfers in India and currently ranked 308 in the world.

Quick Stats –

  • Lahiri has 2 European tour and 7 Asian tour wins
  • Anirban broke into the top-100 of the (owgr) for the first time in 2014
  • He was voted as the Asian Player of the year in 2014
  • Lahiri became the second Indian golfer to make their way at the masters
  • In 2014, he is honored with Arjuna award from the president of India

5.   Shubhankar Sharma

Shubhankar Sharma is the young and talented golfer from Jhansi, and trained in Chandigarh under the famous golf coach, Jesse Grewal. Although, he is still in his initial years on the international level, but proves himself with his superb game technique and is ready to become the next big thing for India in Golf.

The 23-years old is the youngest golfer to win the prestigious “Arjuna Award” in Sept. 2018. Shubhankar is a top player and now joins the best golfers Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal, Jyoti Randhawa, and Anirban Lahiri as Indian, who have won the Order of Merit as the top-earning professional on the Asian Tour. The Talented player is currently the highest ranked Indian golfer in the owgr standings till Oct 2019.

Quick Stats –

  • Winner of 2 European tour titles
  • He is the youngest Indian golfer to receive Arjuna Award
  • Shubhanakar is currently India’s highest-ranked golfer
  • He joins the list of golfers who have won the Order of Merit

Traveling Golfers

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Golf in India is still nurturing, but young golfers Rashid khan, Anirban Lahiri, Aditi Ashok, Khalin Joshi have over the years, convincingly proved their worth and have been successful in satisfying the golfing fraternity that the future of Indian Golf is in safe hands.

Not only Indian golfers but the scenic Indian golf courses too have caught a lot of eyes across the globe. Golf enthusiasts travel to the farthest corners of India to play on the exquisite greens.

Let’s have a look at the most beautiful golf courses in India:

  1. Royal Springs Golf Course, Kashmir.

Located at a very high altitude, Royal springs is undisputedly the best golf course in North India. It is beautifully located in the foothills of beautiful Zabarwan mountains. Ranked as the No.1 Golf course in India by Golf digest. The Golf Courses is one of the few courses that is open to non-members too. The Royal Springs measure 6985 yards and is a 72 par course. The golf course has all the amenities for you guys to have a memorable experience.

Kashmir is one of the most romantic places in India and your golfing vacation can be followed by the stunning sightseeing.

2. Naldhera Golf course, Shimla.

Shimla, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indian, has a beautiful golf course built in its mountainous terrain. Established in 1900’s by the Britishers, the Naldhera golf course is one of the oldest courses in India.

The Course has a visible wide view of the Himalayas and is surrounded by thick ‘Deodar trees’. The course measures at 4285 yards and is a 68 par 18 hole course. Its sloping glade makes it one of the toughest courses in India.

3. Chandigarh Golf Course:

Chandigarh, the City beautiful as they call it is one the most well-planned, green and cleanest cities in India. Even Nomads love this place. Less traffic, fewer people, fewer troubles and a stunning golf course in between. The Chandigarh golf course is home to top professionals that have represented India at international stages.

The course offers lush green fairways and is bordered by trees. A par 72, 18 hole golf course is located in the foothills of the Shivalik mountains. The beautiful Sukhna Lake is a 5-minute drive from the course.

4. The Delhi Golf Club (DGC):

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‘Dilwalon ki Dilli’ has a pleasing golf course which is known for its uniqueness, it is probably the only golf course in the world that is bordered within ancient ‘Mughal’ structures. It is host to the ‘Hero Indian Open’. A pro shop, a restaurant, a bar, a card room and a swimming pool makes DGC a paradise for golfers. It also has a 9 hole peacock course which just adds to its uniqueness.

Just Imagine teeing off just by the side of the tombs built in honour of the Lodhi rulers. Incredible, Isn’t it?

5. Rambagh Golf Course, Jaipur.

India may not have many golfers topping the world rankings but it certainly has stunning golf courses throughout its length. From Kashmir’s Royal springs to the Gymkhana golf club in Ooty, India has world class golf clubs all around. Built in 1944, Rambagh golf club is also a British Raj creation.

The Golf Course in Jaipur is an 18 hole course with 9 greens and 9 browns. The two are separated by a drain with Moti Doongri Palace and the Nahalgarh fort in Jaipur in the backdrop.

So if you guys are planning to visit the exotic Jaipur forts and also love golf, Jaipur awaits you, my friend.

6. Yak Course – Sikkim – Highest course in the world:

Yes guys, you heard it right, Yak golf course in Sikkim holds Guinness record for the highest course in the world. Situated at a height of 13025 feet, this course offers windy fairways across mountain streams & teasing browns.

The club is open seven days a week, round the year subject to snow conditions. However, it is generally playable from May to December. During winter, the golf course remains active by becoming a ski centre. The criss-cross course adds thrill to one’s gameplay.

Sikkim is a completely organic state and is known for its natural beauty. Sikkim is a must visit for you golfers out there.

7.Gymkhana Golf club, Ooty.

 

Goa is India’s favourite tourist destination and if you love partying on beaches and relaxing in exotic golfing resorts, Goa is just the place for you. The Leela Palace, the Taj Exotica, the Ramada Caravela Beach Resort and the Lalit Golf & Spa Resort are the most renowned golfing resorts in Goa.

8. Gymkhana Golf club, Ooty.

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Located at 2268 meters above the sea level, Ooty provides the ideal climate for enjoying the game of golf in the very hot and humid state of Tamul Nadu.

The course measures over 193.56 acres and comprises of 18 holes. As the air is thinner in Ooty due to the high altitude, the balls travel comparatively farther. The course is surrounded by thick forests. The golf course contains many varieties of trees like rhododendron, oak, aromatic eucalyptus, and fir which add to the scenic atmosphere. Nine holes out of the eighteen holes are shot blind as the course has a rolling landscape. This is also the reason for the green being not visible from the tee-off area.

If you plan to visit Ooty anytime next, turn it into a golfing one and relish the experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Davis Love III we trust

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Fowler, Kuchar, Holmes picked for USA Ryder Cup team.

United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III made his first three captain’s picks on Monday, adding J.B. Holmes, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar to the team that hopes to end Europe’s winning streak.

Each of the three has prior Ryder Cup experience, with Holmes making the team for the second time. His only previous appearance was in 2008 at Valhalla, the last time the U.S. won the Ryder Cup.

Kuchar will make his fourth consecutive Ryder Cup appearance, and Fowler is playing for the third time — but his first on American soil.

Love said he and vice-captains Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk and Tom Lehman were in contact Sunday as the final round of the BMW Championship concluded.

“It was a very, very tough decision,” Love said, “but we kept coming back to these three.”

Love now has one more pick to make following the TOUR Championship. He plans to make the announcement Sunday night, Sept. 25, after completion of the FedExCup Playoff Finale.

A quick look at the 3 captain’s picks:

J.B. HOLMES

The long-hitting Holmes went 2-0-1 in his only previous Ryder Cup appearance in 2008. Comes off a tie for fourth on Sunday at the BMW Championship. His last PGA TOUR win was the 2015 Shell Houston Open.

Love on Holmes: “He’s so steady. He’s easy to pair. Got a lot of experience. He’s consistent.”

MATT KUCHAR

Making his fourth Ryder Cup appearance, with a career record of 4-5-2. Has 10 top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR, the most of any player without a win this season. Claimed the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.

Love on Kuchar: “Great attitude for match play. A great partner. Like J.B., he’s consistent, easy to pair.”

RICKIE FOWLER

Making his third Ryder Cup appearance, with a career record of 0-3-5. Has eight top-10 finishes on TOUR this season, including a playoff loss at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Was knocked out of the FedExCup Playoffs after finishing 59th in the BMW Championship.

Love on Fowler: “We found no weaknesses in his game. He’s such a great teammate. He’s really confident on the big stage … brings a lot of intangibles.”

 

BMW Championship: 7 probables to win the tournament

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The 3rd Leg of FedEx cup, the BMW Championship, began on Thursday and we at Golfoy have picked 7 players who could likely win the tournament.

  1. Rory McIlroy:

A new putting coach, a new putter (Scotty Cameron Newport M1 prototype) has certainly helped McIlroy revamp his golfing as he won the 2nd leg of FedEx cup, the Deutsche Bank Championship. He made a significant rise in both the World rankings and the FedEx cup rankings. He jumped to the 4th position from 34th in the FedEx cup rankings.

Can Rory McIlroy win two in a row?

  2. Patrick Reed:

With a win at the Barclays and a tie for fifth last week in the Deutsche Bank Championship, Reed increased his lead in the FedEx Cup standings. With his 11 finishes in the top 10 and 16 in the top 25 this season on the PGA Tour, he has risen to No. 8 in the world.

He surely can win the BMW Championship.

3. Dustin Johnson:

BMW Championship - Final Round

With his tie for eighth in the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday, Johnson has registered seven top-10 finishes since June, including the Win at the U.S. Open. Johnson won the BMW championship in 2010 by one stroke over Paul Casey.

He currently stands at No.3 in the FedEx cup rankings and is one of the strong contenders for the BMW Championship.

 4. Jason Day:

The World No.1 from Australia has set his stakes high after opening the FedEx Cup playoffs with a tie for fourth in The Barclays. He will be defending his title in the BMW Championship. He remains at the 2nd spot in the FedEx cup rankings and can possibly win the BMW Championship.

The Jason Day story.

 5. Adam Scott:

One of only four players to finish in the top 10 in each of the first two events of the FedEx Cup playoffs, Scott enters the BMW Championship at fifth in the point standings and also is No. 6 in the world. He is making his ninth appearance in the BMW Championship and has placed in the top 10 three times.

Adam Scott enters the BMW Championship as the strongest contender to win it.

6. Jason Kokrak:

Out of the blue Jason Kokrak from United States tied for seventh in The Barclays and tied for eighth in the Deutsche Bank Championship, one of only four players to finish in the top 10 in both tournaments. Still, that puts him only 34th in the point standings and he needs another strong finish this week in the BMW Championship to qualify for the Tour Championship.

7. Phil Mickelson:

The #Letzgolefty golfer has not yet played his best in the FedEx cup playoffs. Phil tied for 13th in The Barclays and missed the cut in the Deutsche Bank Championship. He’s a virtual lock to reach the Tour Championship and a big result this week would give him a chance to win the whole thing at East Lake in Atlanta.

Mickelson is making his 14th start in the BMW Championship and his best result was a tie for second in 2012.

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The Ryder Cup 2016: a closer look at the European team

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In just twenty days from now, the 41st Ryder Cup will tee off at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.

The European team’s 12 player listing was completed when Captain Darren Clarke announced his three wildcard picks, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Ryder Cup debutant Thomas Pieters.

With the addition of Thomas Pieters, the European team now includes six rookies. By contrast, Brooks Koepka is the only player of the top 8 American qualifiers with no previous Ryder Cup experience.

Meet the European Ryder Cup team:

1.Rafa Cabrera Bello

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Nationality: Spainish
Age: 32
OWGR: 27
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 0
European Tour victories: 2
Major championship victories: 0

2.Matthew Fitzpatrick

Nationality: English
Age: 22 when the matches begin
OWGR: 48
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 0
European Tour victories: 2
Major championship victories: 0

3. Sergio Garcia

Nationality: Spainish
Age: 36
OWGR: 12
Ryder Cup appearances: 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 18-9-5
PGA Tour victories: 9
European Tour victories: 11
Major championship victories: 0

4. Martin Kaymer (Captain’s Pick)

Nationality: German
Age: 31
OWGR: 50
Ryder Cup appearances: 2010, 2012, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 4-3-3
PGA Tour victories: 3
European Tour victories: 11
Major championship victories: PGA Championship (2010); U.S. Open (2014)

5. Rory McIlroy

Nationality: Northern Irish
Age: 27
OWGR: 5
Ryder Cup appearances: 2010, 2012, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 6-4-4
PGA Tour victories: 11
European Tour victories: 13
Major championship victories: U.S. Open (2011); Open Championship (2014); PGA Championship (2012, 2014)

6. Thomas Pieters (Captain’s Pick)

Nationality: Belgian
Age: 24
OWGR: 41
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 0
European Tour victories: 3
Major championship victories: 0

7. Justin Rose

Nationality: English
Age: 36
OWGR: 10
Ryder Cup appearances: 2008, 2012, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 9-3-2
PGA Tour victories: 7
European Tour victories: 9
Major championship victories: U.S. Open (2013)

8. Henrik Stenson

Nationality: Sweedish
Age: 40
OWGR: 4
Ryder Cup appearances: 2006, 2008, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 5-4-2
PGA Tour victories: 5
European Tour victories: 11
Major championship victories: Open Championship (2016)

9. Andy Sullivan

Nationality: English
Age: 29
OWGR: 42
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 0
European Tour victories: 3
Major championship victories: 0

10.Lee Westwood (Captain’s Pick)

Nationality: English
Age: 43
OWGR: 46
Ryder Cup appearances: 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 20-15-6
PGA Tour victories: 2
European Tour victories: 23
Major championship victories: 0

11. Danny Willett

Nationality: English
Age: 28
OWGR: 11
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 1
European Tour victories: 5
Major championship victories: Masters (2016)

12.Chris Wood

Nationality: English
Age: 28
OWGR: 28
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 0
European Tour victories: 3
Major championship victories: 0

 

 

Traveling Golfers

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Golf in India is still nurturing, but young golfers Rashid khan, Anirban Lahiri, Aditi Ashok, Khalin Joshi have over the years, convincingly proved their worth and have been successful in satisfying the golfing fraternity that the future of Indian Golf is in safe hands.

Not only Indian golfers but the scenic Indian golf courses too have caught a lot of eyes across the globe. Golf enthusiasts travel to the farthest corners of India to play on the exquisite greens.

Let’s have a look at the most beautiful golf courses in India:

  1. Royal Springs Golf Course, Kashmir.

Located at a very high altitude, Royal springs is undisputedly the best golf course in North India. It is beautifully located in the foothills of beautiful Zabarwan mountains. Ranked as the No.1 Golf course in India by Golf digest. The Golf Courses is one of the few courses that is open to non-members too. The Royal Springs measure 6985 yards and is a 72 par course. The golf course has all the amenities for you guys to have a memorable experience.

Kashmir is one of the most romantic places in India and your golfing vacation can be followed by the stunning sightseeing.

2. Naldhera Golf course, Shimla.

Shimla, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indian, has a beautiful golf course built in its mountainous terrain. Established in 1900’s by the Britishers, the Naldhera golf course is one of the oldest courses in India.

The Course has a visible wide view of the Himalayas and is surrounded by thick ‘Deodar trees’. The course measures at 4285 yards and is a 68 par 18 hole course. Its sloping glade makes it one of the toughest courses in India.

3. Chandigarh Golf Course:

Chandigarh, the City beautiful as they call it is one the most well-planned, green and cleanest cities in India. Even Nomads love this place. Less traffic, fewer people, fewer troubles and a stunning golf course in between. The Chandigarh golf course is home to top professionals that have represented India at international stages.

The course offers lush green fairways and is bordered by trees. A par 72, 18 hole golf course is located in the foothills of the Shivalik mountains. The beautiful Sukhna Lake is a 5-minute drive from the course.

4. The Delhi Golf Club (DGC):

delhi golf club

‘Dilwalon ki Dilli’ has a pleasing golf course which is known for its uniqueness, it is probably the only golf course in the world that is bordered within ancient ‘Mughal’ structures. It is host to the ‘Hero Indian Open’. A pro shop, a restaurant, a bar, a card room and a swimming pool makes DGC a paradise for golfers. It also has a 9 hole peacock course which just adds to its uniqueness.

Just Imagine teeing off just by the side of the tombs built in honour of the Lodhi rulers. Incredible, Isn’t it?

5. Rambagh Golf Course, Jaipur.

India may not have many golfers topping the world rankings but it certainly has stunning golf courses throughout its length. From Kashmir’s Royal springs to the Gymkhana golf club in Ooty, India has world class golf clubs all around. Built in 1944, Rambagh golf club is also a British Raj creation.

The Golf Course in Jaipur is an 18 hole course with 9 greens and 9 browns. The two are separated by a drain with Moti Doongri Palace and the Nahalgarh fort in Jaipur in the backdrop.

So if you guys are planning to visit the exotic Jaipur forts and also love golf, Jaipur awaits you, my friend.

6. Yak Course – Sikkim – Highest course in the world:

Yes guys, you heard it right, Yak golf course in Sikkim holds Guinness record for the highest course in the world. Situated at a height of 13025 feet, this course offers windy fairways across mountain streams & teasing browns.

The club is open seven days a week, round the year subject to snow conditions. However, it is generally playable from May to December. During winter, the golf course remains active by becoming a ski centre. The criss-cross course adds thrill to one’s gameplay.

Sikkim is a completely organic state and is known for its natural beauty. Sikkim is a must visit for you golfers out there.

7.Gymkhana Golf club, Ooty.

 

Goa is India’s favourite tourist destination and if you love partying on beaches and relaxing in exotic golfing resorts, Goa is just the place for you. The Leela Palace, the Taj Exotica, the Ramada Caravela Beach Resort and the Lalit Golf & Spa Resort are the most renowned golfing resorts in Goa.

8. Gymkhana Golf club, Ooty.

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Located at 2268 meters above the sea level, Ooty provides the ideal climate for enjoying the game of golf in the very hot and humid state of Tamul Nadu.

The course measures over 193.56 acres and comprises of 18 holes. As the air is thinner in Ooty due to the high altitude, the balls travel comparatively farther. The course is surrounded by thick forests. The golf course contains many varieties of trees like rhododendron, oak, aromatic eucalyptus, and fir which add to the scenic atmosphere. Nine holes out of the eighteen holes are shot blind as the course has a rolling landscape. This is also the reason for the green being not visible from the tee-off area.

If you plan to visit Ooty anytime next, turn it into a golfing one and relish the experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ryder Cup 2016: Hazeltine golf Course tour

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Hazeltine is the premier destination for golf in the upper Midwest. The immaculate 18-hole course spans rolling hills, mature woods, picturesque lakes and vast prairies to provide an unparalleled golfing challenge for beginner and pro alike. Recognised throughout the world as a prodigious test of golf, by 2016 Hazeltine will be one of only two golf clubs in the country to have hosted every premier championship offered by the USGA and PGA of America.

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Hole 1.

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The first hole is typical of the challenges of Hazeltine. The drive zone is pinched by fairway bunkers, shots out of the rough will have difficulty holding the green, and the direction and strength of the wind will determine how aggressive a player can be.The green has distinct tiers, so an accurate approach shot can mean the difference between a birdie and a three putt.

Hole 2.

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This dogleg left provides an early birdie opportunity. A bold drive around the corner can leave a wedge to the green, but a relocated fairway bunker on the left side makes that a riskier strategy than it was for the 2002 PGA Championship. A more conservative tee shot now has to avoid the newly added bunkers on the right side of the fairway and will leave a challenging second if the prevailing wind is blowing hard at the player’s back and the hole is located behind the imposing bunkers that are on the front left of the green.

Hole 3.

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The first par 5 is a true three shot hole. The drive must avoid the penal bunkers on the left side of the fairway while missing the thick rough on the right. A safe second shot is played to a flat spot that leaves a short approach; more aggressive plays must hug the left side of the fairway or risk ending up well below the green in the right rough. The green is large, with a variety of difficult hole locations.

Hole 4.

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In the 1991 U.S. Open Championship, Fuzzy Zoeller and John Inman each aced the fourth hole. Surrounded by bunkers, the green features a shelf in the back that is difficult to hold and a flat area across the front of the green. In between is a relatively severe slope, so that a tee shot that is on the green but not close to the hole can easily lead to a bogey.

Hole 5.

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Billy Casper called this one of the greatest short par 4s in golf. It hasn’t changed much since he played it during the 1970 U.S. Open and the 1983 Senior Open, which he won. A new cross bunker short of the green enhances the risk/reward character of the hole. It seems easy on paper, but accuracy is essential, and the small green has hole locations that make birdies quite rare.

Hole 6.

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In 2002, Tiger Woods began his charge here when it played as the 15th hole at the PGA Championship. He made the first of four closing birdies although he fell one stroke short of victory. A new tee has added length to the hole, bringing bunkers back into play on the drive and the second shot, which should lead to higher scores, especially into the wind.

Hole 7.

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Johnny Miller said that this hole was “probably the hardest four-par I ever played.” The drive is over Hazeltine Lake, and must also be kept short of the creek on the left side of the fairway. The right rough is no bargain either, since the narrow, elevated green angles away and is difficult to hold. Hole locations along the right side bring the lake back into play. Anything can happen here.

Hole 8.

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This hole features a beautiful green site surrounded by bunkers and water. A large bowl in the front-left portion of the green will capture any shots that are off the mark of the hole locations along the relatively narrow shelves on the right side and in the back. From there, three putts are common, making this green one of the most difficult on the golf course.

Hole 9.

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A new tee has lengthened this hole, forcing players to fit their drives between the bunkers left and right. The approach shots are played to a green with three distinct tiers, so accuracy is at a premium, especially if the hole is cut in the narrow front part of the green.

Hole 10.

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Accuracy off of the tee is critical on the opening hole of the back nine. The perfect drive is to the corner of the dogleg. From there, the hole plunges down the hill toward Hazeltine Lake. Back left hole locations are particularly difficult, since they bring the lake into play and approach shots that end up right of the ridge that bisects the green will leave two hard putts to make par.

Hole 11.

Hole_11

This hole proved pivotal in the 2002 PGA Championship. Rich Beem played it perfectly, with a long drive to the middle of the fairway and a second shot that came to rest 8 feet from the hole. His eagle was the only one on the hole during the championship, and it propelled him to victory. Attempts to reach the green in two that come up short will now find a new bunker from which birdie will be an unlikely score.

Hole 12.

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Already thought to be one of the hardest holes on the course, a New tee has added fifty yards to it, making it truly daunting. The tee shot is relatively wide open and plays into the prevailing summer wind. The green is shallow and firm, making approach shots difficult. Other than a slick slope in the front of the green, most putts are relatively flat, but subtle breaks and the length of the hole will make birdies quite rare.

Hole 13.

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Already thought to be one of the hardest holes on the course, a New tee has added fifty yards to it, making it truly daunting. The tee shot is relatively wide open and plays into the prevailing summer wind. The green is shallow and firm, making approach shots difficult. Other than a slick slope in the front of the green, most putts are relatively flat, but subtle breaks and the length of the hole will make birdies quite rare.

Hole 14.

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A new teeing ground has added almost 50 yards to this hole, a favourite of the Hazeltine members. The longest hitters can try to fly the fairway bunkers, but the ball usually ends up in the left rough, the thickest on the course. The green is narrow and the deep bunkers in the front and on the sides are to be avoided at all costs. Because this hole is at the far end of the course, it doesn’t draw as many spectators as others, making it a great place to watch golf during a championship.

Hole 15.

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This hole has changed remarkably little since the course opened. Of prime importance is avoiding the woods on either side of the narrow fairway. Players who can hit driver into the fairway will be able to attack the hole locations on the long green that sits between bunkers on the right and a pond on the left. Those that lay up will face shots that must challenge the hazards or end up too far from the hole.

Hole 16.

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The shortest of the par fives at Hazeltine, the seventh presents a variety of options. During the 2002 PGA Championship, most players went for green in two when the hole played at 543 yards. That can be a dicey strategy, since the pond on the left prevents easy access and the green can be hard to hold if it is downwind. A different course of action was taken by Justin Leonard; he laid up four times and made four birdies on the strength of his wedge play. New fairway bunkers have been added on the left side of the tee shot landing area making the tee shot a greater test than in the past.

Hole 17.

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Looking at the yardage, this might appear to be a relatively easy hole for the best players in the world. The small green encircled by water and sand is anything but easy. In championship after championship at Hazeltine, the winners have made par at this hole and moved on. Those who try to play it more aggressively, especially when the hole is cut in the narrow front portion of the green, are usually penalized.

Hole 18.

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The bunkers on both sides of the fairway make this one of the most difficult driving holes on the course. Hitting uphill into a green that’s difficult to see means that players have to be precise in their yardage. Anything long or left of a hole cut in the depression on the right side will likely lead to a bogey.

The grey-haired major winners

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You are never too old to hit the greens and play a round of golf. In the history of men’s major championships, no golfer older than 48 (and just one golfer older than 46) has won.

Have a look at the list of oldest men to have won a major:

1.Ben Hogan:

The legend won the 1953 Open and the 1953 US Open at the age of 40.

2.Vijay Singh.

Vijay Singh holding his Wanamaker trophy.
Vijay Singh holding his Wanamaker trophy.

Vijay Singh won the 2004 US PGA Championship, Whistling Straits at the age of 41.

3.Darren Clarke.

Dareen Clarke won 2011 Open, Royal St George’s at the age of 42.

4.Ernie Els.

Ernie Els holds the Claret jug.

Ernie Els won 2012 Open, Royal Lytham at the age of 42.

5.Phil Mickelson.

Phil Mickelson with his Claret Jug.
Phil Mickelson with his Claret Jug.

Phil Mickelson won 2013 Open, Muirfield at the age of 43.

6.Hale Irwin.

Hale Irwin won1990 US Open, Medinah at the age of 45.

7.Jack Nicklaus.

Jack Nicklaus won1986 Masters, Augusta National at the age of 46.

The Oldest Major Champion Is …

8.Julius Boros.

Julius Boros won 1968 US PGA Championship, Pecan Valley at the age of 48.

Top 10 Golf movies

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Amidst the release of the first ever Bollywood film on golf, ‘Freaky Ali’ (Read more), let’s have a look at the TOP 10 golfing movies ever.

10. The Caddy, 1953
The Caddy is a 1953 American film starring the comedy team of Martin and Lewis. It was filmed from November 24, 1952 through February 23, 1953 and was released by Paramount Pictures on August 10, 1953.

9. Dead Solid Perfect, 1988
Dead Solid Perfect is a 1988 American film following the life of a professional golfer on the PGA Tour. It was produced by HBO films and based on the novel of the same name by Dan Jenkins.

8. A Gentleman’s Game, 2001
A drama revolving around characters whose lives are transformed one summer at an exclusive East Coast country club.

7. Dorf On Golf, 1987
Dorf on Golf is a 1987 comedy film starring Tim Conway, Vincent Schiavelli and Michele Smith. The film is the first in a series of eight films released by Conway using the Dorf sporting theme. The film had a total cast of three.

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6. The Greatest Game Ever Played, 2005
The Greatest Game Ever Played is a 2005 biographical sports film based on the early life of golf champion Francis Ouimet. The film was directed by Bill Paxton; Shia LaBeouf plays the role of Ouimet.

5. Bobby Jones: Stroke Of Genius, 2004
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius is a 2004 biographical drama film based on the life of Bobby Jones, the only player in the sport to win all four of the men’s major golf championships in a single season.

4. The Legend Of Bagger Vance, 2000
The Legend of Bagger Vance is a 2000 American film directed by Robert Redford and starring Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron.

3. Happy Gilmore, 1996
Adam Sandler’s second popular starring vehicle after Billy Madison is a goofy lowbrow paean to golf, hockey, and the comic hysterics of its childlike star. In Happy Gilmore, Sandler plays the title character, a raw, determined, but ultimately untalented hockey player who keeps trying out for the pros. When Happy discovers his grandmother (Frances Bay) will lose her home if she doesn’t fork over 270,000 dollars to the IRS, he tries to figure out how he can possibly scrounge up the cash.

2. Tin Cup, 1996
Tin Cup is a 1996 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Ron Shelton, and starring Kevin Costner and Rene Russo with Cheech Marin and Don Johnson in major supporting roles.

1. Caddyshack, 1980
An elite country club has to deal with a brash new member and a gopher intent on destroying their beloved golf course.

‘Let the games begin’ as golfers march past the Olympic arena

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The 31st Olympiad was declared open in Rio de Janeiro after an awe-inspiring opening ceremony at the Maracana football stadium. All 207 countries and for the first time, a Refugee team walked at the traditional Parade of Nations. As part of the tradition, Greece was first to march forward followed by other countries in alphabetical order in the Portuguese language.

As golf makes it return to Olympics after a century-long wait (Read more), take a glimpse of golfers marching with their country contingent at the opening ceremony of the RIO Olympics at the Maracana football stadium.

  • Siddikur Rahman from Bangladesh.

Siddikur Rahman made his whole country proud as he leads the Bangladesh contingent at the parade of nations in the opening ceremony (Read more).

Siddikur Rahamn from Bangladesh.
Siddikur Rahman from Bangladesh.

  • Fabián Gómez from Argentina.

Fabián’s win at the Sony Open in Hawaii virtually guaranteed that he will wear Argentina’s colors in the Olympics when golf is played in the Games for the first time since 1904 in St. Louis.

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  • Danny Chia from Malaysia.

It could be Malaysia’s best shot at Olympic gold dream with it’s golfing duo Danny Chia and Gavin Kyle Green strolling along women’s Michelle Koh and Kelly Tan.

Danny Chia from Malaysia.
Danny Chia from Malaysia.

  • Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose pose before the parade of nations at the Opening Ceremony.

 

Henrik Stenson (middle) and Justin Rose (right).
Henrik Stenson (middle) and Justin Rose (right).

  • Joost Luiten from Netherlands.

The world no. 65 made clear his way to represent Netherlands at the RIO 2016.

Joost Luiten form Netherlands with the flag-carrier Jeroen Dubbeldam.
Joost Luiten from Netherlands with the flag-carrier Jeroen Dubbeldam.

  • Bubba Watson from America.

The great Bubba Watson didn’t withdraw from the Olympics like his fellow golfers, and seems to be pretty excited as he flaunts his Olympic outfit.

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  • Sergio Garcia from Spain.

Sergio tweets before the beginning of opening ceremony:

  • Anirban Lahiri from India.

The duo of Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia will be representing India at the RIO Olympic games 2016.

Anirban too expressed his Zeal through Tweets.

Golfoy hopes that Golf will rise and shine at the Olympics at would expand its roots to more countries.