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  • Former British prime minister Winston Churchill, a keen golfer, once said: "Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose."

  • In match play, a competitor loses the hole if their ball is accidentally deflected by the player, his partner or either of their caddies or equipment.

  • A round of golf features in many films, including the James Bond classic Goldfinger. Ian Fleming, author of the 007 books, was an avid player.

  • The family of a Houston boy sued in 2000 after the 15-year-old was struck by lightning on a golf course, saying detection equipment should have been installed.

  • Astronaut Alan Shepard hit two shots on the moon in 1971, but would not reveal which brand of ball he used.

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