Do you know golf? Take our quiz. Check the answers below.
- Who won the 1989 Ryder Cup?
- Which golfer has won the most Majors?
- What is the Triple Crown of Golf and has it ever been accomplished?
- What is the hardest hole in golf?
- Who is the only American to win the Open Championship 5 times?
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- The Ryder Cup started in 1927 as a competition between the US and Great Britain held every two years. Since 1979 it has been a Europe team against the US. In 1989 Europe were 14-10 with four matches to play when the Americans won the remaining matches resulting in a draw, 14-14. For only the second time in its history it ended in a draw, but Europe retained the Cup as they had won in 1987.
- The great Jack Nicklaus won 18 Majors over a 25-year career, four more than Tiger Woods and seven more than Walter Hagan. He won the Masters six times, The US Open and British Open four times each, and the PGA Championship five times.
- The Triple Crown is when a golfer wins three major golf championships in a single year. It has only ever happened twice. Ben Hogan won the Masters, the US Open and the Open Championship in 1953. Tiger Woods won the US Open, the Open and the PGA Championship in 2000. He also won the Masters in 2001 completing a Grand Slam though not in the same calendar year.
- The hardest hole is a subjective answer, but there are some worthy contenders. Cape Kidnappers course in New Zealand has majestic scenery but take care on the 15th which has a 140-meter cliff on the left. The 19th hole at the Legend Golf course in South Africa can only be reached by helicopter with the tee 1200 feet above the green. Also worthy of mention is the Pebble Beach 8th hole, a cliff-side hole where wind and rain increase the difficulty, or the iconic 12th hole at Augusta National where so many players have had their dreams crushed.
- Harry Vardon of Jersey has 6 wins at the Open Championship starting in 1896 and the last in 1914. Four players have managed 5 wins, James Braid (Sco), John Henry Taylor (Eng), Peter Thomson (Aus) and Tom Watson (USA). Watson won first in 1975 then 1977, 1980, and back-to-back wins in 1982 and ‘83.
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