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The Greatest Final Round Comebacks in The Masters History (Video)

1. Jack Burke, Jr.: 1956, 8 Strokes Back

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1. Gary Player: 1978, 8 Strokes Back

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3. Nick Faldo: 1996, 6 Strokes Back

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Female Members at Augusta National and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club

Renee Powell And Annika Sorenstam, Members Of The Royal And Ancient Golf Club Of St Andrews

Renee Powell And Annika Sorenstam, Members Of The Royal And Ancient Golf Club Of St Andrews

One of the utterly most exclusive clubs in the world? How about women membership in the two most prestigious golf clubs on Earth, Augusta National and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club?

That grouping counts 10 members in total. And it was just three before today.

Back in September, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (founded 261 years ago in 1754), voted at last to admit female members.

And today, the first seven honored ladies were announced. Six are some of the best golfers, male or female, to ever hit the courses, including modern phenom and arguably the best woman golfer of all (especially given the level of the modern competition), Annika Sorenstam.

Then there’s Dame Laura Davies, who, according to Sorenstam’s website, “is widely regarded as Britain’s greatest female golfer.”

Three long-time dominating golf amateurs and Louise Suggs, who helped found the LPGA itself, round out the six.

The seventh invitee is an honorary membership bestowed on Princess Anne, The Princess Royal. There are similar royal honoraries on the men’s side regardless of golf play.

Augusta National Golf Club, opened in 1933 and home of the legendary Masters tournament since 1934, broke its gender barrier in 2012, with the admission of Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore. Talented and brilliant ladies, but not exactly pro-golf material.

And just last November, major Masters sponsor IBM CEO Ginni Rometty became the third female member.

Perhaps we’ll see some LPGA players in the near future.

More to come, surely.

AUGUSTA NATIONAL

MEMBER NOTES COUNTRY BORN
1. Condoleezza Rice Former U.S. Secretary of State USA 1954
2. Darla Moore Partner: Rainwater, Inc. (Private Investing) USA 1954
3. Ginni Rometty Chairwoman, President, CEO: IBM USA 1957

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THE ROYAL AND ANCIENT GOLF CLUB

MEMBER NOTES COUNTRY BORN
1. Annika Sorenstam LPGA Tour: 72 wins, 10 majors; One of greatest female golfers of all time Sweden 1970
2. Dame Laura Davies LPGA Tour: 20 wins, 4 majors; Greatest modern English female golfer UK (England) 1963
3. Belle Robertson Top female amateur in world: 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s UK (Scotland) 1936
4. Renee Powell 2nd female African-American on LPGA Tour; Current head pro at Clearview Golf Club; Taught golf in Africa and Europe USA 1946
5. Louise Suggs Co-founder of the LPGA Tour; 61 LPGA Tour wins, 11 majors USA 1923
6. Lally Segard Top female amateur in world: late 1930’s, 40’s, early 50’s; 15 titles; 1st president of the now-International Golf Federation France 1921
7. Anne, Princess Royal Honorary member UK (England) 1950

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Bubba Watson and Left-Handed Golfers That Have Won Majors

Bubba Watson's Second Green Jacket And The Ninth Major Win For A Lefty

Bubba Watson’s Second Green Jacket And The Ninth Major Win For A Lefty

Hardly any.

That’s the answer to how many left-handed golfers have won any of the four majors.

More precisely, it’s four. And you know three of them, most likely.

That’s because three of the four did it post-2003.

But the first left-handed golfer to win a major was New Zealander Sir Bob Charles. He won the Open Championship in 1963.

Forty years later (2003), Mike Weir won The Masters.

In 2004, Weir handed the Green Jacket to another lefty, Phil Mickelson – who went on to win four more majors (all together: three Masters, one PGA and one Open)

Which brings us to Bubba. Watson’s got two Green Jackets now, taking the 2014 Masters.

That’s it: four lefties and nine major wins.

None have ever won a U.S. Open.

YEAR GOLFER MAJOR WIN
1. 1963 Bob Charles Open Championship
2. 2003 Mike Weir The Masters
3. 2004 Phil Mickelson The Masters
4. 2005 Phil Mickelson PGA Championship
5. 2006 Phil Mickelson The Masters
6. 2010 Phil Mickelson The Masters
7. 2012 Bubba Watson The Masters
8. 2013 Phil Mickelson Open Championship
9. 2014 Bubba Watson The Masters

Photo: newyork.cbslocal.com

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