Did any major championship elude the great Arnold Palmer?
Frank Ratcliffe, Glasgow
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
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
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
Which golfer was known as 'The Toy Bulldog'?
Marcus Jones, Chester
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
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.
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