1905
Women golfers from Great Britain and the United States play an international match, with the British winning 6 matches to 1.

The first dimple-pattern for golf balls is patented by William Taylor in England.

The Complete Golfer by Harry Vardon is published. It promotes and demonstrates the Vardon or overlapping grip.

Vardon's overlapping grip
Vardon's overlapping grip



1906
Goodrich introduces a golf ball with a rubber core filled with compressed air. The "Pneu-matic" proves quite lively, but also prone to explode in warm weather, often in a golfer's pocket. The ball is eventually discontinued; at this time the Haskell ball achieves a dominance of the golf ball market.

1907
Arnaud Massey becomes the first golfer from the Continent to win the British Open.

Arnaud Massey
Arnaud Massey (second from the left)

1908
Mrs. Gordon Robertson, at Princes Ladies GC, becomes the first female professional. The Mystery of Golf by Arnold Haultain is published.

1909
The USGA rules that caddies, caddymasters and greenkeepers over the age of sixteen are professional golfers. The ruling is later modified and eventually reversed in 1963.

1910
The R & A bans the center-shafted putter while the USGA keeps it legal -- marking the beginning of a 42-year period with two official versions of The Rules of Golf. Steel shafts are patented by Arthur F. Knight.

1911
J.J. McDermott becomes the first native-born American to win the U.S. Open. At 17 years of age, he is also the youngest winner to date.

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