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18 July 2010

Louis Oosthuzien continued his dominance at St. Andrews and ended up with the largest margin of victory at the British Open since Tiger Woods won at St. Andrews in 2000. Aside from the difficulties of pronouncing his last name, the thing you need to understand is that Louis Oosthuzien is not really a human.  He is, in fact, an 800 lb Ogre who pounds the hell out of a golf ball and with this victory, now has his PGA Tour card and is going to change the face of golf.

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Golf Basics

Golf is probably one of the simplest professional sports.  There is no standardized playing area, no clock, and very few rules.  In essence, players carry a bag full of clubs in order to hit the ball into a hole with as few strokes as possible. More...

Terminology:

Ace:  Another word for a hole in one (the golfer is able to put the ball in the cup in one shot).

Approach:  A shot that occurs for a golfer after a tee shot and before a chip or put.  Essentially, it is a long to middle distance shot to get the ball within striking distance of the green where the cup is.

Chip:  A shot used to hit the ball a short distance so the golfer can transition from swinging clubs to using a putter to roll the ball into the hole.

Dogleg:  A hole that significantly curves between the tee box and the hole.  The name comes from the shape of the hole which resembles a dog leg.

Drive:  A shot used to hit the ball a long distance from the tee box.

Handicap:  The average score an amateur golfer gets over 18 holes.  For instance, a 6 handicap would usually shoot a 78 on a course that was a par 72.

Links:  Another word for a golf course.  Origins were early courses that were by the seaside, thus holes linked land and sandy soil.

Par:  The number of shots that it should take a skilled golfer to complete each hole, and in turn the entire course.
PGA:  Professional Golfers Association—the league that contains the world’s best golfers. St Andrews is a par 72 course.

Pitch:  See Chip above.

USGA:  United States Golf Association, the body that sets the rules for professional and amateur golf.

Majors: US Open, the Masters, PGA Championship, British Open.