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Golf is a fascinating, complex and luxurious game, all in one. Like most outdoor games in the modern world, it originated in Europe. Golf or something alike, was first played in the Kingdom of Scotland long back in the 15th century. However, golf is predominantly played in the United States right now. The North American country consists of 16,752 golf courses. Statistics is a key part of golf tournaments.
Before jumping in detail, let's clear out the terms and rules followed in golf. A professional golf course consists of 18 holes, amateurs practise in courses with holes as less as 9. A golfer should start play from the teeing ground by swinging the golf club. The next player continues the same. After that, the players should walk to the area where the ball landed and try to put it into the hole with as less strokes as possible. There are different types of golf clubs, a maximum of 14 golf clubs can be carried by a player in a tournament. Different types of clubs include putters, woods, irons, hybrids and wedges. The number of strokes to score are taken into account and added in tournaments. Completion of 18 holes usually form a round. A par is known as the usual number of strokes it takes to finish a hole. Taking one stroke more than par is known as 1 over par or bogey. Two strokes more, 2 over par or double bogey. One stroke less is 1 under par or birdie, two strokes less is 2 under par or Eagle and three strokes less is 3 under par or Albatross. In most tournaments, just the under or over par stat is displayed for the players to understand their position better. Multiple rounds are played over sevaral days in golf tours.
One of the oldest surviving golf tournaments is "The Open Championship." The tournament is conducted in the United Kingdom and Scotland, a total of 149 editions have rolled on. Played at the Royal St George's Golf Club currently, the tournament is also known as The Open or the British Open. Scotland has hosted the greatest number of tournaments, 96. Harry Vardon holds the record for the most victories, 6.
Majority of the players automatically qualify for the tournament. A total of 156 players compete in the tournament. The play extends over four days with 18 holes for each day. The tournament starts on the Thursday before third Friday in July. Scoring works based on stroke play, the player to take fewest number of strokes over the course of round, or rounds, wins. Final 36 holes are played by only the top 70 and ties.
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