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The Most Spectacular Winning Streaks in Golf

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The Most Spectacular Winning Streaks in Golf

It’s no secret that golf is hard. The concept of striking a tiny white ball in the precise spot for a clean, straight shot can seem impossible at times. Even the pros have their bad days. Then, there’s the idea that you will be able to maintain success through multiple events all while competing against the most talented golfers in the world.

If it seems as though there is a new champion every tournament, it’s because almost no one hits a winning streak. Between changing conditions, equipment, and strategies there are so many variables to consider. But when one of our favorite pros catches that lucky break, we take notice. That’s exactly what happened to Jin Young Ko. Heading into this week’s BMW Ladies Championship, the World No. 2 had carded 14 consecutive scores in the 60s, matching the LPGA marks of Annika Sorenstam (2005) and So Yeon Ryu (2016-17) for most in tour history.

“Of course, that’s not my sole goal. When I go on course, I focus on myself. But I think that it helps you as a player to have some motivating factors,” Ko said ahead of the opening round on Thursday at LPGA International Busan in Busan, South Korea. “I will be happy to break a record and make a new record. I think it’s really important for me to focus and concentrate on my game and also enjoy the game. And I think that at the end of the day, the records will be determined by how I play on the course and what kind of attitude I have.

“So the pressure is there, but I think that I can keep the pressure in check. And I also think that having that ambition, I guess, to break records and that desire is also what drives players in general to be better.”

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Of course, nothing good lasts forever. Ko was unable to maintain the momentum. Yesterday’s round proved yet again that winning streaks are short lived in this sport. While we were disappointed to see it come to an end, we started thinking about all of the other great streaks.

So, we went back through the history books to look at record streaks in pro golf and came up with, in our humble opinion, a list of the most impressive:

Most consecutive years with a win

Kathy Whitworth pulled off this remarkable stretch on the LPGA for 17 straight years, with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer doing the same for the men.

Jack Nicklaus’ Open Championship streak

The Golden Bear finished no worse than T-6 for 15 straight years at the Open Championship, with three wins and six runners-up in that span.

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Most bogey-free holes

Jin Young Ko is no stranger to streaks. In 2019, she bested Tiger Woods’ mark of 110 holes without a bogey by going 114 holes, a stretch that saw Ko win the Canadian Women’s Open.

Byron Nelson’s win streak

Arguably the most famous streak in the sport, Nelson won 11 straight PGA Tour events from March to August in 1945—including the PGA Championship, the only major played that year. The streak eventually ended with a T-4 finish at the Memphis Invitational.

Nelson’s other streak

That would be 65 straight events finishing inside the top 10, a stretch that spanned over four years.

Most consecutive under-par rounds

Lydia Ko and Annika Sorenstam share this record at 29 consecutive rounds under par. On the PGA Tour the record is owned, perhaps surprisingly, by Tim Petrovic at 26 rounds.

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A very familiar winner

Here’s another impressive accomplishment by Sorenstam: She had holds the record for most consecutive years winning the same tournament, having been the champion of the Mizuno Classic five straight times from 2001-2005. The PGA Tour record is four, accomplished by Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen and Tiger Woods (twice).

The ultimate fairway finder

For 10 consecutive years on the PGA Tour (1981-1990), Calvin Peete was the leader in driving accuracy. In his best year, 1983, he hit 1,029 of 1,217 fairways, for a driving percentage of 84.55 percent, the best on record.

Weeks at World No. 1

Tiger Woods holds the record for most consecutive weeks as World No. 1 at 281. He’s also second on the list at 264 weeks. In a distant third is Greg Norman at 96 weeks.

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Tiger’s cut streak

Tiger’s cut streak at 142 tournaments is well-known. Just as impressive: Woods beat the field average in 89 straight events.

Most consecutive birdies in a round

Nine, shared by Mark Calcavecchia and Kevin Chappell. Calcavecchia accomplished his feat at the 2009 Canadian Open, with Chappell matching it in 2019 on the way to a 59 at the Greenbrier Classic.

This article originally appeared on Golf Digest.

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The Joy of Golfing with Friends

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Building Bonds on the Fairway

Ahoy, golfing companions! This week, we’re celebrating the unparalleled joy of teeing off with friends – because as any golfer knows, there’s nothing quite like sharing the fairway with your favorite playing partners. So gather your crew, dust off your clubs, and let’s explore the magic of golfing with friends:

1. Shared Laughter, Shared Memories: Golfing with friends isn’t just about hitting the ball – it’s about sharing laughs, swapping stories, and creating memories that last a lifetime. Whether you’re reminiscing about past rounds, joking about missed putts, or simply enjoying each other’s company, the camaraderie of the game is what makes it truly special.

2. Support and Encouragement: One of the greatest benefits of golfing with friends is the support and encouragement they provide. From cheering you on after a great shot to offering words of wisdom when you’re struggling, your playing partners are there to lift you up and help you stay positive, no matter what challenges the course throws your way.

3. Friendly Competition: While golf is ultimately a game against the course, there’s no denying the thrill of a little friendly competition among friends. Whether you’re competing for bragging rights, playing for a friendly wager, or simply trying to outdo each other on the scorecard, the spirit of competition adds an extra layer of excitement to every round.

4. Strengthening Bonds: Golfing with friends isn’t just about the game – it’s about strengthening bonds and deepening friendships. The shared experiences, inside jokes, and moments of triumph and defeat on the course all serve to bring you closer together, forging bonds that are as strong as steel.

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5. Lifelong Companionship: Finally, golfing with friends is about more than just the present moment – it’s about building lifelong companionship that extends far beyond the fairway. Whether you’re celebrating victories, commiserating over defeats, or simply enjoying each other’s company, the friendships forged on the golf course are ones that will endure for years to come.

So there you have it, fellow golfing comrades – the joy of golfing with friends in all its glorious splendor. Whether you’re sharing laughs, supporting each other through the ups and downs, or strengthening bonds that last a lifetime, there’s nothing quite like hitting the links with your favorite playing partners by your side. Until next time, may your rounds be filled with friendship, laughter, and unforgettable memories. Friends on, my fellow golfers!

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The Zen of Golf

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Finding Inner Peace on the Fairway

Greetings, seekers of serenity! This week, we’re delving into the tranquil world of Zen golf – a place where inner peace and harmony reign supreme. So put aside your scorecards, quiet your mind, and let’s explore the art of finding inner peace on the fairway:

1. Embrace the Present Moment: In the fast-paced world of golf, it’s easy to get caught up in thoughts of past mistakes or future challenges. But true Zen golfers know that the only moment that truly matters is the present one. Focus on the here and now – the feel of the club in your hands, the sound of the birds chirping, the gentle sway of the trees – and let everything else fade away.

2. Cultivate Mindfulness: Mindfulness is the cornerstone of Zen golf. By cultivating awareness and presence in each moment, you can elevate your game to new heights. Pay attention to your breath, your body, and the sensations of the game as they arise. Let go of distractions and immerse yourself fully in the experience of golfing.

3. Let Go of Attachments: Zen teaches us the importance of letting go of attachments – to outcomes, to expectations, and to ego. Release the need to control every shot or dictate the outcome of your round. Instead, surrender to the flow of the game and trust in your abilities to guide you towards success.

4. Find Balance in All Things: Balance is key in both golf and life. Just as you strive for balance in your swing, seek balance in your approach to the game. Avoid extremes of emotion – whether it be frustration after a bad shot or elation after a good one – and strive for equanimity in all things.

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5. Practice Gratitude: Finally, cultivate an attitude of gratitude for the game of golf and all the blessings it brings into your life. Whether it’s the camaraderie of playing with friends, the beauty of nature on the course, or the opportunity for personal growth and self-discovery, take a moment to give thanks for the gifts of golf.

So there you have it, fellow seekers – the Zen of golf in all its peaceful glory. With mindfulness, balance, and gratitude as your guides, you can transform your time on the fairway into a meditative journey of self-discovery and enlightenment. Until next time, may your swings be smooth, your putts be true, and your inner peace be unshakeable. Zen on, my friends!

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The Future of Golf

Trends and Technologies Shaping the Sport

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Trends and Technologies Shaping the Sport

Greetings once more, golf lovers,

As we conclude our series “Tales from the Greens: Chronicles of Golf Through the Ages,” we look ahead to what the future may hold for this venerable sport. From technological innovations to changing social dynamics, the world of golf is evolving rapidly. Today, we explore the emerging trends and technologies that are shaping the next generation of golf.


Technological Innovations in Equipment

The ongoing evolution of golf equipment is astounding. With advances in materials science and engineering, golf clubs and balls are becoming ever more sophisticated. Manufacturers now use artificial intelligence to design clubs that optimize both distance and accuracy, catering to golfers’ individual styles. Similarly, golf balls are engineered for increased aerodynamics and fine-tuned performance. These innovations promise to make golf more accessible and enjoyable for players at all levels.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

The digital realm is making its mark on golf through virtual and augmented reality technologies. Virtual reality (VR) golf simulators allow players to experience famous courses from the comfort of their homes, offering a practical solution for training and playing during off-seasons or unfavorable weather conditions. Augmented reality (AR), on the other hand, provides real-time data overlays during play, offering insights into course topography, wind conditions, and more, enhancing both strategy and learning.

Eco-Friendly Practices

As awareness of environmental issues grows, golf is also taking strides towards sustainability. Courses worldwide are adopting eco-friendly practices such as reducing water consumption, using organic products for maintenance, and preserving natural habitats. These efforts not only help protect the environment but also challenge the stereotype of golf as an elitist sport, making it more inclusive and aligned with contemporary values.

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The Rise of Youth and Diversity

Golf is experiencing a surge in diversity and youth participation. Initiatives to make golf more inclusive are seeing success, attracting players from various backgrounds and demographics. This shift is vital for the sport’s growth, as it introduces fresh perspectives and talent. Furthermore, programs aimed at young players are vital for nurturing the next generation of golfers, ensuring the sport’s continued relevance and vitality.

Global Expansion

Golf’s global footprint is expanding, with new markets in Asia, Africa, and South America emerging rapidly. These regions are not only participating more in the sport but are also hosting international tournaments, contributing to golf’s growth worldwide. This global expansion is accompanied by an increasing recognition of golf not just as a sport but as a vehicle for economic and social development.


As we look to the future, it is clear that golf will continue to evolve and adapt. By embracing technology, sustainability, and inclusivity, golf can maintain its cherished traditions while becoming a more dynamic and accessible sport for future generations.

Thank you for joining me on this journey through the history and future of golf.

Warm regards, Robert Greenfield

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