Sunday, December 24, 2017

The 2017 Christmas Golf Quiz

The Christmas Golf Quiz Goodie Box

If Christmas Day proves a touch boring or you just need 30 minutes of quiet time after the turkey feast... take the irishgolfblog 2017 Christmas Golf Quiz. 

There are over 40 questions and I've now added the answers at the bottom of the blog. 

Congrats to Ronan Byrne on winning the Golf Goodie Box. He correctly predicts that Tiger will win the Masters!!!

Q.30 The 2017 IGTOA Golf Resort of the Year
  1. Paul Dunne won the British Masters at Close House, in September. What Irish course is his home club? 
  2. In the last three months, two European tour players have won tournaments back-to-back. Justin Rose is one… who’s the other? 
  3. Which is the only American to win back-to-back events, on consecutive weekends, on the PGA Tour? 
  4. And which American won three successive tournaments, between February and March.
  5. Sergio Garcia won the US Masters, beating Justin Rose in a play-off.  Which former winner came third? 
  6. How many previous Majors had Sergio competed in before winning this one? 
  7. Who was the hottest golfer in the world going into the Masters, who didn’t even reach the 1st tee?
  8. The lowest score posted on the European Tour in 2017 was -24. It was achieved twice but only one golfer managed it on a single course. Who was he, what was the course and how many shots did he win by? 
  9. Who won the 2017 Race to Dubai?
  10. Ian Poulter lost his PGA Tour card… but because of a technicality he actually retained it (and came 2nd at the Players three weeks later). Who spotted the technicality?  
  11. How many times has Luke Donald come 2nd at the RBC Heritage tournament… something he achieved again in 2017? 
  12. Rory McIlroy switched clubs in 2017. From Nike to what?
  13. Phil and Bones split in June… how many years had they been together? 
  14. How long did it take Wesley Bryan to complete his final round at the BMW Championship? 
    Q.1 The 1st hole at Paul Dunne's home club.
  15. Ryu So-yeon won the LPGA ANA Inspiration tournament in California at the end of March… but why will the event be better remembered?
  16. During this year’s Masters, what article of clothing particularly irked Peter Alliss in the commentary booth? (Hint: it wasn’t worn by any of the Pros) 
  17. Name just one of the European Tour’s innovations introduced by Keith Pelley this year?
  18. What did Muirfield’s members decide to do this year? And why did they do it?
  19. The Solheim Cup was played in August… what was the final score 
  20. How many shots behind was Justin Rose entering the final day of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, overhauling a disintegrating Dustin Johnson? 
  21. The Irish Open prize money sky-rocketed in 2017… to $7 million. It did so because it became part of what Series. 
  22. Which new course opened in Ireland in 2017? 
  23. Who designed it?
  24. Which Irish course re-opened in 2017, after closing in 2009? 
    This club re-opened in 2017
  25. Who was the only Irish player to make the Walker Cup Team in 2017?
  26. Why did Padraig Harrington withdraw from the FedEx St Jude Classic in June? 
  27. Which Irish course was announced as the venue for the Irish Open in 2018?
  28. Which well-known Irish Pro (and winner on the European Tour) is set to be the new Pro at Carlow Golf Club?
  29. And which other well-known Irish Pro will call Tulfarris his new home? 
  30. Which Irish golf club was awarded the 2017 IGTOA Golf Resort of the Year Award? 
  31. And which legendary General Manager won the Jerry Donworth Outstanding Contribution to Golf Award?
  32. Which Irish Professional won his European Tour card at Lumine Golf Club, Spain, by making birdie on the 18th hole in the final round of Qualifying School? 
  33. Which Irish links was ranked No.1 in the Irish Golfer Magazine Top 100 Irish courses, in November? 
  34. Which Irish golf course lost 700 trees in ex-hurricane Ophelia’s rampage? 
  35. Where did Rory and Erica Stoll get married? 
  36. What is Rory's record in the last four Irish Opens?
  37. Name these three famous Irish golf courses:

  38. What was the name of the Australian amateur golfer who was sacked from his job after it was discovered he’d played at least 140 rounds of golf in the previous two years… while ‘on the job’?
  39. As the club maker PXG enjoys the end of only its second year, expected revenue in 2017 is estimated at $100m. What is the name of the owner? 
  40. What was the official handicap-counting score posted by Donald Trump in November (his first since becoming President)? 
  41. Europe’s best new course in 2017 is
    West Cliffs, outside Lisbon… who designed it? 
  42. Who will win the 2018 US Masters?
Many thanks to Irish Biltong, and Destination Golf for bulking up the prize.

  1. Greystones
  2. Tyrrell Hatton
  3. Justin Thomas
  4. Dustin Johnson
  5. Charl Schwartzel
  6. 73
  7. Dustin Johnson
  8. Rahm won by 6 shots at Portstewart
  9. Fleetwood
  10. Brian Gay’s wife
  11. Five
  12. Taylormade
  13. 25 years
  14. 1 hour 28 minutes
  15. Lexi Thompson’s 4 stroke penalty for incorrectly replacing her ball in round 3.
  16. Angela Akins skirt
  17. Golf Sixes, Music on the range, on course interviews, use of mobile phones…
  18. Opened their doors to female members… but only after the R&A said no more Open Championships
  19. USA won, 16.5 to 11.5
  20. Eight shots
  21. Rolex
  22. Hogs Head
  23. Robert Trent Jones Jr
  24. Kilkea Castle
  25. Paul McBride
  26. An amateur he was coaching hit him on the elbow
  27. Ballyliffin (Glashedy)
  28. Damien McGrane
  29. Simon Thornton
  30. Roe Park
  31. Noel Cronin
  32. Gavin Moynihan
  33. Portmarnock
  34. Fermoy
  35. Ashford Castle
  36. MC, MC, 1, MC
  37. Portmarnock
  38. Royal Portrush K Club (Palmer)
  39. Tom Colella
  40. Robert Parsons
  41. 68 (as if!)
  42. Cynthia Dye
  43. Should be an interesting one with Tiger back!

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