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Was Severiano Ballesteros the first non-British European winner of the British Open golf championship?
Chris Harmon, Dunstable

THE JUDGE: He was the second when winning the title in 1979. The first was Frenchman Arnaud Massy, who won The Open in 1907, beating a then record field of 192 rivals at Hoylake where gale-force winds wrecked the cards of many of the favourites. The winds were so fierce that even the biggest hitters were taking a wood at the 158-yard fourth hole.

Did any major championship elude the great Arnold Palmer?
Frank Ratcliffe, Glasgow

THE JUDGE: The one major that was always out of his reach was the US PGA championship in which he finished runner-up three times. He won seven majors: US Open (1960), the Open (1961, 1962), US Masters (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964). plus the US Amateur (1954).

Which golfer has scored most tournament wins in a single year?
James Hunter, Maidstone

THE JUDGE: Byron Nelson finished first in 19 of the 30 tournaments that he entered in 1945. He came second in 11 of the other competitions, and averaged 68.33 strokes per round. 'Mr Consistency' was never out of the money in an astonishing run of 111 successive tournaments.

Who has been the oldest winner of a premier golf title?
Darren Barnes, Stratford-upon-Avon

THE JUDGE: Not taking into account the recently established seniors tour, the oldest winner was Alex (Sandy) Herd, who captured the British Matchplay championship at the age of 58 in 1923. He had won the Open in 1902.

Which golfer was known as 'The Toy Bulldog'?
Marcus Jones, Chester

THE JUDGE: Welshman Brian Huggett was fittingly dubbed 'The Toy Bullgod' because of his determined spirit and strength of character. He twice battled into the top three in The Open (1962 and 1965) and won the German, Dutch and Portuguese Open titles. He was a regular member of what was then the British Ryder Cup team.

How many times did Henry Cotton win the British Open, and was he knighted?
Alex McLeish, Preston

THE JUDGE: Sir Henry won The Open three times - in 1934 at Sandwich, 1937 at Carnoustie and 1948 at Muirfield. His 1937 victory was exceptional in that the entire US Ryder Cup team entered. His second round 65 in 1934 inspired the introduction of the famous Dunlop 65 ball. He heard he was to be knighted in the 1988 New Year's Honours list shortly before his death at the age of 80 in December 1987.