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Formal Name: United States Open Championship
First year played: 1895
US Open Golf Notable Champions: Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus
Youngest US Open Golf winner: John McDermott at 19
Oldest US Open Golf winner: Hale Irwin at 45
Widest Margin of Victory: Tiger Woods won by 15 strokes in 2000

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There are many theories on how and were golf began, one is that Roman emperors apparently played a relaxing game called paganica, using a bent stick to drive a soft, feather-stuffed ball. Another suggestion is that a game played in Holland on the ice and frozen canals called Het Kolven is where golf started. The games clubs were called kolb, or kolf. Many believe the game was brought across the North Sea by the Dutch traders to Scotland, were they evolved kolf into the early forms of golf.

One fact we do know is that the "birth" of golf happen on the northwest shores of Scotland, perhaps as early as the twelfth century. It slowly spread throughout Scotland until by 1456 King James II thought it was taking to much time away from the men's archery practice, and decree that the futeball and golfe (as it was spelled at the time) no longer be played. Upon the signing of the Treaty of Glasgow on February 11, 1502, were King James IV pleaded perpetual peace with England. This unofficially lifted the ban on golfe. King James a golfe lover himself played golfs first "officially documented" match on the 3rd of February of 1504, with the Earl of Bothwell. Soon the Treaty of Glasgow fell apart and King James was killed, but golf lived on.

The Scottish game, however, is the direct ancestor of the modern game. The first formal golf club, the Company of Gentlemen Golfers, now the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, was established in Edinburgh in 1744. It certified the first set of golf rules, which helped eliminate local variations in play.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, established 10 years later at St. Andrews, Scotland, became the official ruling organization of the sport. Its rules committee, along with the United States Golf Association, still governs the sport.

The basic golf rules are internationally uniform for both men and women. A player is permitted to carry a selection of up to 14 clubs of varying shapes, sizes, and lengths. The U.S. golf ball is a minimumof 1.68 in. (4.26 cm) in diameter; the British ball was slightly smaller, but is now the same size. The game changed considerably in the early 20th century when the B. F. Goodrich Company of Akron, Ohio,invented a lighter, tightly wound, rubber-threaded ball, which replaced the gutta-percha ball used in the 19th century.

A golf course generally has 18 holes spread over a landscaped area that customarily includes a number of hazards-water, rough, sand traps (also known as bunkers), trees-that are designed to make the game more difficult. Difficulty is also increased by the varying distances among holes. Play on each hole is begun at the tee area, from which players "tee off" or "drive" the ball into the fairway. At the end of the hole--which can vary in length from about 150 to 600 yards (135 to 550 m)--is the putting green, which surrounds the actual hole, or "cup," into which the ball must be putted in order to complete the hole. Saint Andrews in Scotland, Augusta National in Georgia (site of the annual Masters tournament), and Pebble Beach in California have some of the most famous and difficult courses.

Golf is usually played by groups of two to four people who move throughout the course together, each participant taking a turn to play his or her ball. The ball must be played as it lies, except in unusual circumstances when the rules allow for the ball to be moved to a slightly better position. In stroke competition the total number of strokes used to move the ball from the tee to the hole is recorded as the player's score for that individual hole. The player who uses the fewest strokes to complete the course is the winner. In match play scores are compared after every hole, and a player wins, loses, or halves (ties) each hole.

The Ryder Cup, begun in 1927, is a biennial men's professional competition that used to be between a U.S. team and one representing England, Scotland, and Ireland. In 1979 the latter team was expanded to include members from all of Europe. The Walker Cup and Curtis Cup are amateur competitions for men and women respectively, between teams from the United States and England, Scotland, and Ireland. The former began in 1922 and since 1947 has taken place in odd-numbered years. Curtis Cup competition began in 1932 and is held in even-numbered years.

As the game has developed, the courses have become more difficult to play, and the most successful players are those who are able to drive the ball more than 200 yd (183 m) from the tee, approaching most holes with fewer than three shots. Each course has established an average number of shots (par) necessary to reach a hole (usually depending on length), and thus an average number of shots needed to complete the course. Most championship-caliber professionals score in the mid-60s to low 70s, depending on the tournament and course. Golfers use a peculiar and distinct language to describe their scoring--a birdie is a score on any one hole that is one stroke less than par, and an eagle is a score on a hole that is two less than par. A hole in one, the rarest of golfing events, is scored when the player drives the ball into the hole with only one stroke.

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