How to Match Up in Match Play

Posted by Heather Plyler on Mar 22, 2016 9:28:00 AM

The best players in the world are heading to Austin, TX this week to compete in golf’s version of March Madness … the WGC-Dell Match Play.

This format is perhaps the purest form of competitive golf.  It’s a one vs. one, hole-by-hole competition that can be wildly entertaining and instantaneously heart-breaking. It also requires a bit more strategy than stroke play and demands you pay close attention to your competitor’s situation.

To help you excel at match play the team here at LostGolfBalls has put together “two sleeves” of helpful hints and thoughtful tactics that will have you going 1-up on the competition in no-time. 

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The PGA Championship Rundown: Who, What, When and Where

Posted by Heather Plyler on Aug 10, 2015 9:24:15 AM

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“I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.” – Gerald R. Ford

It's the last Major of the season! Are you ready for it?

The countdown to the PGA Championship 2015 is in full swing (pardon the pun!). Scores of fans are about to descend upon Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, to witness the excitement live, while thousands more around the world will follow every stroke on their television set, Aug. 10-16.

If you don't get a chance to see some live action, get this picture: Whistling Straits is an undisguised homage to the raw and beautiful seaside links of Ireland. And this year, the Straits Course in Haven, Wisconsin, welcomes the greatest names in golf at the 97th PGA Championship. 

What makes this, the last major competition of the season, so special? The PGA Championship is the jewel in the crown of the four top tournaments. It brings together the greatest golfers in the game in one of the most exciting golfing events of the year.

Truth be told, it's the stuff legends are made of. 

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The Evolutionary Play-By-Play of the British Open

Posted by Heather Plyler on Jul 14, 2015 8:36:00 AM


The British Open (often referred to as simply “The Open”), is the oldest major professional golf championship in the world. It is held in the United Kingdom annually, and it is the only major golf tournament held outside the United States. Although it is called the British Open, the championship has its origins in Scotland.

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Memorial Tournament Coverage

Posted by Heather Plyler on May 26, 2015 12:03:17 PM

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Each year, there is a multitude of golfing events that take place both in the US and around the globe. The top golfing agency, PGA Tour Golf handle many of these competitions. In the world of golf, there are many honors that this company can give to professionals both young and old. In one of the most exciting and surprising events of last year, a fresh, young golfer got his first chance at glory. Let's take a look at the events that unfolded in June 2014.

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Golf’s 2015 Inaugural Event: The Tournament of Champions

Posted by LostGolfBalls on Jan 5, 2015 9:33:00 AM

Got the post-holiday blahs? Cheer up, friends: You can forget about the winter blues for a bit when the 2015 PGA Tour heads to Hawaii for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

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Let it Ryde(r)!

Posted by LostGolfBalls on Sep 22, 2014 9:00:00 AM

It’s September 20, 1969, and the match is all tied-up—wait a second, what is Nicklaus doing? Tying his shoe? No, it appears that Nicklaus has just picked up Jacklin’s marker, conceding the putt that would have finalized the tie, allowing the American team to keep the Ryder cup!

The crowd of several thousand was silent when Jack Nicklaus, an American, chose to concede and secure the tie instead of letting Tony Jacklin, a Brit, take the putt on the off-chance he would miss it. America, already in possession of the cup, was allowed to keep it.

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All Aboard The Tour Championship

Posted by LostGolfBalls on Sep 8, 2014 9:00:00 AM

In the neighborhood of East Lake in Atlanta, Georgia, a paper boat sails towards the first island green ever built in America. On the sixth, East Lake Golf Club’s signature hole, the southeastern breeze blows the boat onto the edge of the green. The boat is not made of newspaper. No, if you unfold it, you’ll discover your invitation to the 2014 Tour Championship.


The Tour Championship, a stroke play, par-seventy tournament, is the final event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. It is for an exclusive group of players: only the top thirty qualify to compete. The Championship is the pinnacle of the season and conclusion of the four-tournament FedEx Cup Playoffs. The Tour Championship will start on Thursday, September 11 and end on Sunday, September 14.

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Rain Or Shine-The Valhalla Experience

Posted by LostGolfBalls on Sep 1, 2014 9:00:00 AM

It was about six o’clock in the morning. The sun had not yet risen, but there were already a thousand people in line. In the darkness of jittery anticipation, the headlights of a bus rounded the corner. It had come to take the crowd of avid golf fans, including the winner of a pair of two-day tickets, to the big tents and an immaculate course–the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky for the 2014 PGA Championship.


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A Silvery Cupful of FedEx Cup Points

Posted by LostGolfBalls on Aug 18, 2014 10:00:00 AM

As the leaves were beginning to turn brown on an afternoon in September, Tiger Woods walked out onto the teebox at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia for the Tour Championship of the FedExCup Playoffs. As he eyed the course, it was the shine of the early-autumn sun, and later the shimmer of the prize trophy, which was reflected in the eye of the tiger. Today, almost seven years after its inauguration, the playoffs and the FedExCup Trophy are highly sought after by many players and lovers of golf.

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The PGA Championship: The Year's Final Major

Posted by LostGolfBalls on Aug 4, 2014 10:00:00 AM

There are almost 20,000 golf courses in the United States today, but a century ago, there were just 41. With two unofficial, amateur national championships, and one professional championship in 1894, the stage was set for the creation of the PGA—and the popularization of golf.

Rodman WanamakerIn January of 1916, Rodman Wanamaker, a wealthy department store owner, hosted a luncheon at the Wykagyl Country Club to formalize the conception of the PGA with other golf professionals in the North East. The Professional Golfers’ Association of America officially initiated in February. The first PGA Championship took place at Siwanoy Country Club in Eastchester, NY. For his victory, Jim Barnes received $500 and a diamond-studded gold medal, courtesy of Mr. Wanamaker. Last year at Oak Hill Country Club, Jason Dufner won $1,445,000. 

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