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A Presidential challenge and the greatest winning streak in golf.

Posted Mar 09, 2010 by The Week In Golf

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March 8, 1992: Raymond Floyd matched Sam Snead's record of 29 years between his first and last PGA Tour tour victories by sneaking past Fred Couples to win the Doral-Ryder Open. Some achievement just 12 weeks after his Florida home was practically burned to the ground, with three decades of golf memorabilia going up in smoke.

March 9, 1950: Andy North (pictured), a two-time US Open champion, was born in Thorp, Wisconsin and became one of the oddest statistical anomalies in modern golf history. Why was North such an improbable champion? Because the 6-foot-4 journeyman only won three times on the PGA Tour in total. The only other golfer since World War II who has won two US Opens - arguably the toughest of golf's four majors - and not reach double figures in PGA Tour wins is Lee Janzen, who won eight times on tour.

March 10, 1985: Fuzzy Zoeller won The Bay Hill Invitational two shots clear of Tom Watson, his seventh PGA Tour victory. Meanwhile, on this day in 1991 golf legend Laura Davies wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic.

March 11, 1945: On this day in 1945, Byron Nelson and Jug McSpaden teamed up to win the Miami Four-Ball Championship, beating Denny Shute and Sam Byrd 8&6. And even though the Miami Four-Ball was a team event, it was an official PGA Tour tournament at the time, which makes Lord Byron's victory all the more significant. Why? Because the victory was the first in Nelson's 'unbeatable' string of 11 straight tournament victories. For the record, The Streak wasn't halted until August 19, 1945, when Nelson finished fourth, six shots behind amateur Fred Haas Jr, in the Memphis Invitational ...

March 12, 1910: The 300-pound US president William Howard Taft threw down the gauntlet to his northern neighbour, Albert Grey, the 4th Earl Grey, and governor-general of Canada, challenging Grey to a golf match to settle North America's 'executive championship' over 18 holes. The 27th US president, was the first man in the Oval Office to admit to the public about his obsession with golf. And it was on this day in 1961 that Tommy 'Thunder' Bolt, the PGA Tour star known for his volcanic temper, beat Gary Player by two shots to win the Pensacola Open, for his 15th and last PGA Tour win ...

March 13, 1960: Arnold Palmer won the Pensacola Open for his third win on the trot and the 17th of his PGA Tour career. It was a thrilling one-shot victory, with Palmer sinking one-putts on nine of the last 10 greens and making birdies on the last two to beat Doug Sanders. It was also on this day in 1878 that the first official collegiate golf match was played between the rival universities of Oxford and Cambridge... and on this day in 1953, Andy Bean, 11-time PGA Tour winner, was born in Lafayette, Georgia.

March 14, 1934: the great Southern gentleman, founder of the Masters and one of the fathers of American golf Bobby Jones admitted that he was having a problem with one key component in his golf game. That's right, Bobby Jones had a case of the yips. For the record, Jones made his confession just eight days before the start of the inaugural Masters Championship (then called the Augusta National Invitation Tournament). Jones had an excuse: He had retired from regular competitive golf four years earlier. But it's nice to know that Jones was human. He finished 13th in the '34 Masters, by the way, his best finish of the dozen Masters he entered. 

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