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How one golf writer/hero saved Wikipedia’s list of men’s major winners from extinction – GolfDigest.com

Summary

One of the best resources for a golf fan or a golf writer on the internet—maybe the best?—is Wikipedia’s chronological list of men’s major winners. You can see that chart at the top of this page. It’s a lovely creation at one of the world’s most handy websites, with the four majors making up the vertical columns, and the rows populated by the yearly winners, complete with a flag next to each player’s name and the total majors each won in his career. A sam…….

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One of the best resources for a golf fan or a golf writer on the internet—maybe the best?—is Wikipedia’s chronological list of men’s major winners. You can see that chart at the top of this page. It’s a lovely creation at one of the world’s most handy websites, with the four majors making up the vertical columns, and the rows populated by the yearly winners, complete with a flag next to each player’s name and the total majors each won in his career. A sample, for those who don’t want to click away (the “MUOP” column is the order in which the majors were played that year, which has changed over time—they truly think of everything):

It is, in my opinion, a perfectly conceived resource, and though I don’t visit it every single day, I’d say I make 20 trips per month at minimum. Granted, I spend many hours writing about golf, so I’m not exactly a representative sample of the population, but even before working for Golf Digest, I was on this site all the time as a fan, both of golf and history. Same goes for the tennis charts. It’s a snapshot of history, absolutely chock-full of information but also, critically, easy to read and digest. When it comes to pure utility, nothing online comes close; this is the gold standard.

And then they tried to take it away.

This came to my attention Saturday morning, when I was trying to write a trivia question. (I can’t reveal the question because it’s an in-process competition, but here’s another one made with the aid of the Wiki list: There are six players who own the one and only Masters title for their home nation. With apologies to the greater U.K., Sandy Lyle (Scotland) and Ian Woosnam (Wales) are two of them. Who were the rest? Incidentally, these four one-time titles were all won between 2000 and 2013.) But when I went to the list of men’s major championship golfers, it was gone.

In its place was a fundamentally useless chart that listed every major winner by totals, then chronologically, in a sloppy bit of presentation that is a pain to navigate. If you want to know who won the 1984 Masters, for instance, you’re completely at sea. On the other chart, it takes two seconds to figure out that it was Ben Crenshaw.

In a panic (almost …….

Source: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/wikipedia-golf-major-winners-list-deleted