J.J. McDermott
J.J. McDermott

1912
John Ball wins his eighth British Amateur championship, a record not yet equalled.

1913
Francis Ouimet, age 20, becomes the first amateur to win the U.S. Open, defeating favorites Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a play-off.

Francis Ouimet
Francis Ouimet

The first professional international match is played between France and the United States at La Boulie, France.

1914
Formation of The Tokyo Club at Komozawa kicks off the Japanese golf boom.

Harry Vardon wins his sixth British Open, a record to this day (Peter Thomson and Tom Watson have since won five Opens each).

1915
The British Open is discontinued for the duration of the First World War.

1916
The PGA of America is founded by 82 charter members and the PGA Championship is inaugurated. James Barnes is the first champion.

James Barnes
James Barnes

The first miniature golf course opens in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Francis Ouimet is banned from amateur play for his involvement with a sporting goods business. The ruling creates a stir of protest and is reversed in 1918.



1917
The PGA Championship and the U.S. Open are discontinued for the duration of the First World War.

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