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The Game of Golf
Transcript of The Game of Golf
Origin of the Game
1297 - Dutch created a similar "stick and ball"game called colf, or kolf
13th Century - China (Song Dynasty) created a far more similar "stick and ball game" called chuiwan
1457 - First documented mention of golf in Scottland
1744 - Drafting of the Leith Rules
Expanded in the mid 1500's
Mary, Queen of the Scots
Coins the term "Caddie" by calling her assistants 'Cadets'
Evolution of the Game
Levels of Play
Late 1800's - The Ladies Club of St. Andrews opened in Scotland
The Shinnecock Hills Golf Club opened to women in the United States
Rapid increase in popularity
3-2. Prize Limits
An amateur golfer must not accept a prize (other than a symbolic prize) or prize voucher of retail value in excess of $750 or the equivalent, or such a lesser figure as may be decided by the Governing Body. This limit applies to the total prizes or prize vouchers received by an amateur golfer in any one competition or series of competitions.
Exception: Hole-in-one prizes – see Rule 3-2b.
1-2. Amateur Status
Amateur Status is a universal condition of eligibility for playing in golf competitions as an amateur golfer. A person who acts contrary to the Rules may forfeit his amateur status and as a result will be ineligible to play in amateur competitions.
1916 - Professional Golfers Association
Separated Professionals from amateurs
Established a "Professionals Golfer" as a career
Ability to play on PGA Tour circuit
Legally accept large sums of prize money
Golf Returns to the Olympics
112 year gap (1904 - 2016)
Reinstated for Olympic Games - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Estimated 30 countries in participation
Format - 72 hole individual stoke play tournament
1904 Olympic Games
Reserva de Marapendi
Domination of the Sport
Common injuries between genders
Lower back pain, wrist and elbow injuries are all common
Difficult to come back strong from an injury
Rest is the answer!
Courses located in almost every country in the world
New to 2014 - International Crown
Will give assertive bragging rights
Korea - #1
United States - #2
Reason for Success
Early exposure to the game
"It takes hundreds of golf shots to gain confidence, but only one bad one to lose it" - Jack Nicklaus
"Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening - and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented."
- Arnold Palmer
Prize money (US$)
1 Tiger Woods United States 109,504,139
2 Phil Mickelson United States 73,140,492
3 Vijay Singh Fiji 67,587,095
4 Jim Furyk United States 55,924,238
5 Ernie Els South Africa 45,945,170
6 Davis Love III United States 42,511,946
7 Steve Stricker United States 39,520,093
8 David Toms United States 39,511,939
9 Adam Scott Australia 33,199,065
10 Sergio García Spain 32,833,713
Rank Player Country Weeks Majors
1 Tiger Woods* United States 654 14
2 Greg Norman Australia 331 2
3 Nick Faldo England 97 6
4 Seve Ballesteros Spain 61 5
5 Luke Donald England 56 0
6 Ian Woosnam Wales 50 1
7 Nick Price Zimbabwe 44 3
8 Rory McIlroy Northern Ireland 39 2
9 Vijay Singh Fiji 32 3
10 Lee Westwood England 22 0
Few changes in the concept
Course structure and quality
Equipment / technology
European Tour (1972)
38 PGA Tour events
Dubi, Bangkok, South Africa, Australia
Seve Ballestro (50 wins) - Spain
"Golf is a game in which you yell 'fore', shoot six and write down five."
“golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots, but you have to play the ball where it lies.” - Bobby Jones