Quiz: Golf

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Quiz: Golf

Test your knowledge of the British Open, which John McPhee writes about in the September 6, 2010, issue of The New Yorker, and other golf-related facts and personalities.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The British Open, which John McPhee writes about in this week’s magazine, is administered by the R. & A., which is the governing body of golf everywhere but the U.S. and Mexico. What does “R. & A.” stand for?
    • A. 

      Ready and Able

    • B. 

      Royal and Ancient

    • C. 

      Recreation and Athletics

    • D. 

      Renfrewshire and Aberdeen

  • 2. 
    The British Open is the only tournament in the Majors to have a four-hole tiebreaker at the end of regulation play. What happens if there’s still a tie after that?
    • A. 

      Those tied for the lead share the prize

    • B. 

      Those tied for the lead play another eighteen holes the following day

    • C. 

      Those tied for the lead play one hole at a time, sudden-death style, until only one winner remains

    • D. 

      The player with the lowest cumulative score over the last nine holes wins

  • 3. 
    Which of the following has never had a British Open champion?
    • A. 

      Wales

    • B. 

      South Africa

    • C. 

      Zimbabwe

    • D. 

      Spain

  • 4. 
    What’s the term for winning all four of the Majors in one calendar year?
    • A. 

      A grand slam

    • B. 

      A turkey

    • C. 

      A flush

    • D. 

      A diamond

  • 5. 
    Only one player has won all four majors in one calendar year: Bobby Jones, in 1930. He was also the last of which type of golfer to win the British Open?
    • A. 

      American

    • B. 

      Amateur

    • C. 

      Lefty

    • D. 

      Blind

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Tim Clark, Tadd Fujikawa, and Ian Harold Woosnam

    • B. 

      Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, and Shirley Temple

    • C. 

      Amherst, Wesleyan, and Williams

    • D. 

      The Mini Cooper, the Smart Fortwo, and the Tata Nano

  • 7. 
    The “Arnold Palmer” is a drink made from one part lemonade, one part iced tea. Which ingredient, according to the International Bartenders Association, is not in a Long Island iced tea?
    • A. 

      Vodka

    • B. 

      Gin

    • C. 

      Tequila

    • D. 

      Rum

    • E. 

      Iced Tea

  • 8. 
    In 1868, the British Open had its youngest winner, Tom Morris, Jr., who was seventeen years old. The next year, it had its oldest winner, who was forty-six. What was his name?
    • A. 

      Willie Auchterlonie

    • B. 

      Willie Park, Sr.

    • C. 

      Willie Fernie

    • D. 

      Thomas Mitchell Morris, Sr.

  • 9. 
    Which President lobbied to remove from the Augusta National golf course, home of the Masters, a tree into which he habitually hit his drive? (His requests were not granted, but the tree now bears his name.)
    • A. 

      William Taft

    • B. 

      Dwight D. Eisenhower

    • C. 

      Gerald Ford

    • D. 

      Jimmy Carter

  • 10. 
    In his book of White House golf tales, Don Van Natta, Jr., says this about playing with which former President? “He followed the rules for about a hole and a half. Then he let down his guard and started taking these do-over shots, gimme putts and at the end of the 18 holes, it took him about 200 swings to score an 82.”
    • A. 

      Ronald Reagan

    • B. 

      George H. W. Bush

    • C. 

      Bill Clinton

    • D. 

      George W. Bush

  • 11. 
    If you pull a Jean Van de Velde, what might you be doing? (Check all that apply)
    • A. 

      Falling in the sand trap

    • B. 

      Wading in the water hazard

    • C. 

      Choking at the last minute

    • D. 

      Rocketing from last place into the lead

  • 12. 
    Craig Stadler was disqualified from the L.A. Open in 1987 for putting what on the ground while making an awkward shot from under a tree?
    • A. 

      His sandwich

    • B. 

      A towel

    • C. 

      A second, unused club

    • D. 

      A flashlight

  • 13. 
    What did Roberto De Vicenzo do in the 1968 Masters that prompted him to say "What a stupid I am”?
    • A. 

      Misjudged the wind, leading to a triple bogey that lost him the game

    • B. 

      Unknowingly grounded his club in a bunker, earning a two-stroke penalty that lost him the game

    • C. 

      Signed a scorecard with a higher score, which the rules state then had to stand, thus losing him the game

    • D. 

      Signed a scorecard with a lower score, which disqualified him when he otherwise would have won