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.
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.
Perhaps we’ll see some LPGA players in the near future.
More to come, surely.Follow @VinGetz
|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|
THE ROYAL AND ANCIENT GOLF CLUB
|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|
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.Follow @VinGetz
|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|
And the flip side?
Jack. 1986. 46-years old. One of the greatest moments in American sports history. Take a look:
Only five other players won the Masters over the age of 40. Check out today’s second list – the 10 oldest to win the Masters. Jimmy Demaret (May 24) and Sam Snead (May 27) were exactly the same age when both won theirs at the age of 39. It so happens that the 1950 Masters was held on April 3rd and the 1952 Masters on April 6th.
Nicklaus and Gary Player make both lists. Will Tiger?Follow @VinGetz
10 Youngest Masters Winners
|2.||Seve Ballesteros||1980||23||0 mos.||-13||Spain|
|3.||Jack Nicklaus||1963||23||2 mos.||-2||USA|
|4.||Byron Nelson||1937||25||2 mos.||-5||USA|
|5.||Jack Nicklaus||1965||25||2 mos.||-17||USA|
|6.||Tiger Woods||2001||25||3 mos.||-16||USA|
|7.||Gary Player||1961||25||5 mos.||-8||South Africa|
|8.||Horton Smith||1934||25||10 mos.||-4||USA|
|9.||Seve Ballesteros||1983||26||0 mos.||-8||Spain|
|10.||Jack Nicklaus (Playoff)||1966||26||2 mos.||E (-2)||USA|
10 Oldest Masters Winners
|3.||Gary Player||1978||42||-11||South Africa|
|4.||Sam Snead (Playoff)||1954||41||10 mos.||1 (-2)||USA|
|5.||Mark O’Meara||1998||41||2 mos.||-9||USA|
|7.||Jimmy Demaret||1950||39||10 mos.||-5||USA|
|7.||Sam Snead||1952||39||10 mos.||-2||USA|
|9.||Phil Mickelson||2010||39||10 mos.||-16||USA|
|10.||Ángel Cabrera (Playoff)||2009||39||7 mos.||-12 (E)||Argentina|
Photo: Getty via golf.com