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April 11, 1994 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jeff Maggert, who said he was just looking to have fun after beginning the day in 51st and last place, recorded only the third double eagle in Masters history yesterday. He holed a 3-iron second shot on Augusta National's 13th hole. Maggert, a fourth-year player on the PGA tour from The Woodlands, Texas, saw his second shot, from 222 yards away, take a big bounce on the front fringe, skip to the side of a hill, hit the flagstick, pop up, and disappear into the cup. "I was lucky it went in because it was going pretty fast," said Maggert, who shot a 75 and finished tied for 50th at 305. "The way everybody was yelling and screaming, you'd have thought I was in the lead.
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February 24, 1991 | By Henri Sault, Inquirer Coins Writer
One of only 12 known specimens of the 1927D Saint-Gaudens double eagle will be sold in an auction March 12 to 14 at the Omni Park Central Hotel, 56th Street at Seventh Avenue, New York City. Although 180,000 double eagles were reported struck at the Denver Mint, the coins never reached circulation. Of the 12 known to exist, three are at the Smithsonian Institution. Bidding is expected to top $300,000 for the one in the sale, according to Stack's, the auctioneers. The sale will also offer 504 lots of currency, ranging from colonial and continental currency to demand notes, compound-interest Treasury notes, national currency and bills notable for their serial numbers.
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September 10, 1987 | By Mayer Brandschain, Special to The Inquirer
Harold Perry, the 1982 Philadelphia Open champion from Kennett Square Golf Club, hit a 1-iron shot into the cup for a double eagle 2 on the 475-yard, par-5 18th hole yesterday at Eagle Lodge Country Club to win pro honors with a 6-under-par 65 in the Philadelphia PGA Pro-Amateur Golf Tournament. It was the first time a double eagle had been scored on the 18th. Gertrude Dunn of Radley Run posted an 83 for the lead in the opening round of the Philadelphia Class A Senior Women's Golf Championship at Llanerch Country Club.
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July 19, 2002 | By Henri Sault FOR THE INQUIRER
New York City becomes the auction capital of the world when the American Numismatic Association holds its annual convention July 31 to Aug. 4. The 1933 double eagle once owned by King Farouk of Egypt - the only 1933 double eagle that can be legally owned - will be sold July 30. That single coin sale by Sotheby's and Stack's is expected to overshadow all the others since the coin is expected to bring as much as $6 million. Smythe & Co. will auction another part of the vast Nebraska Collection in its sale July 29 at the Algonquin Hotel, 59 W. 44th St. The sale offers 1,000 lots of coins and 2,000 lots of currency, stocks and bonds.
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February 4, 1992 | By Mayer Brandschain, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Mickey Sokalski, the head pro at Philmont Country Club, won his first tournament of the Lynx Winter Golf Tour series with a 3-over-par 74 yesterday on frozen turf at Twining Valley Country Club. Tom Mastroni of Sandy Run Country Club flew a 3-iron second shot into the cup of the par-5 13th hole for a double eagle. He shot an 81.
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October 19, 1996 | By Mayer Brandschain, FOR THE INQUIRER
The Cedarbrook Country Club team of pro Terry Matter and amateurs Mike Rizzo, Sal Paone and Dick Perrotti won the Philadelphia PGA's Pro-Senior Amateur Tournament with a score of 36 points yesterday at Indian Valley Country Club. The competition was scored under the modified Stableford system, in which a double bogey counts as minus-2 points, a bogey as minus-1, a par as zero, a birdie as plus-2, an eagle as plus-4 and a double eagle as plus-7.
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May 14, 1993 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Gene Fieger of Overbrook Golf Club scored a 4-under-par 67 to win the individual low pro prize in the Merv Griffin Resorts Casino Avalon Pro-Amateur tournament of the Philadelphia PGA yesterday at the Avalon Country Club. Mike Dynda of Rolling Green and Robert Issler of Blackbeard's Cave GC tied for second place at 68. Next at 69 were Wayne Phillips of Lehigh and Jeff LeFevre of Linwood. LeFevre scored a double eagle on the 539-yard fifth with two shots hit with a driver. John Carson, Philadelphia PGA pro, won the senior prize with a 74. Ed Kramer of South Jersey Somerton Springs partnered with Ed Rusek, Paul Franks and Tony Ciferni for victory in the best-ball-of-foursomes with a net of 58.
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August 1, 2009 | By Vernon Clark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A judge in Philadelphia has ruled that the federal government must return 10 extremely rare gold coins to the family of a late Center City jeweler or outline its case for keeping them in a forfeiture filing. U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis issued the ruling Tuesday in the case of the 10 1933 "double eagle" gold coins, which experts say could fetch millions at auction. The lawyer representing the family said the coins are thought to be the most valuable gold coins in the world.
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June 16, 2001 | By TONY LEODORA For the Daily News
The guys who perch near the finish line at the race track daily like to say, "Different horses for different courses. " If that adage holds true for golf, then Gil Morgan is the Secretariat of the Senior PGA Tour and TPC at Jasna Polana is his personal jogging track. Morgan, 54, the Instinet Classic defending champion, took advantage of yesterday's gentle conditions to serve notice that last year was not a fluke. A year ago, in the first year the event was played on the Gary Player-designed course, Morgan carded a tournament record 17-under-par 199. Yesterday, he returned to the scene with a 9-under 63 that put him two shots ahead of Bruce Summerhays and former tournament champion Tom Jenkins.
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December 6, 2006 | By Joseph A. Gambardello INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The family of a late Center City jeweler sued the federal government yesterday seeking the return of 10 extremely rare 1933 gold U.S. coins that could fetch millions each at auction. The daughter and grandsons of Israel Switt contend the government illegally seized the "double eagle" coins after they brought them to the U.S. Mint to be authenticated in 2004. The 1-ounce coins, each with a face value of $20, were among more than 445,000 that were minted but never circulated after the United States went off the gold standard in 1933.
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September 11, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
This story was updated at 11 a.m. Monday A federal judge has upheld a 2011 jury decision that a Philadelphia family that found 10 purloined gold coins worth at least $7.59 million each cannot keep them. The coins, "double eagle" $20 gold pieces, were among 445,500 the Philadelphia Mint produced in 1933 that were never circulated because the federal government that year outlawed the possession of gold coins. "The disputed double eagles were not lawfully removed from the United States Mint and . . . remain the property of the United States," U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis wrote in his Aug. 29 judgment, upholding the decision of a federal court jury in July 2011.
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June 15, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - Tiger Woods wore a familiar look Thursday in the U.S. Open, the look of someone in full control of his game effectively managing the toughest course conditions a player will encounter all year. It's not that Woods ran away with the Open after just 18 holes on a sun-drenched day at the Olympic Club. With a 1-under-par 69, he trailed the leader, second-year PGA Tour player Michael Thompson, by 3. But he struck the ball well and effectively lag-putted from distance, and - more important - he looked comfortable and confident.
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June 15, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SAN FRANCISCO - Tiger Woods wore a familiar look Thursday at the U.S. Open, the look of someone in full control of his game effectively managing the toughest course conditions a player will encounter all year. It's not that Woods ran away with the Open after just 18 holes on a sun-drenched day at the Olympic Club. His 1-under-par 69 trailed the leader, second-year PGA Tour player Michael Thompson, by three. But he struck the ball well and effectively lag-putted from distance and, more importantly, he looked comfortable and confident.
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June 15, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - Fourteen-year-old Andy Zhang looked calm as he began his first U.S. Open, but inside his nerves were jangling. "On the first tee I was like, 'Just please don't hit a hundred-yard slice off the first tee,' " he said. "I was shaking really hard. But I hit a great shot. " Still, the youngest player to compete in the Open started triple bogey-double bogey and stood at 8-over par through five holes before settling down. He closed with a birdie for a 79, and appreciated the crowd's support on his trip over the Olympic Club course.
NEWS
July 20, 2011 | By Nathan Gorenstein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ten famous $20 gold pieces that are worth millions to collectors were stolen from the Philadelphia Mint in the 1930s and are legally property of the U.S. Treasury, a federal court jury unanimously decided Wednesday. After about five hours of deliberation after a seven day trial, the two men and eight women said the government proved that when the rare "Double-Eagle" coins ended up in the hands of the late Philadelphia jeweler Israel Switt, they did not get there legitimately. Jurors accepted the government argument that there was no legal way any of the coins could have been removed from the Mint.
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July 20, 2011 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
The one person who may have known how 10 gold coins, minted in 1933 and worth millions of dollars, ended up in the hands of Philadelphia jeweler Israel Switt took the witness stand in federal court Tuesday - and said she had no idea. That means a jury will have to rely on thick binders of Philadelphia Mint records from the 1930s and 1940s to determine if the rare $20 gold pieces were stolen, as the government insists, or are legitimately the property of Switt's descendants. Switt's daughter, Joan Langbord, 81, said "I have no idea" about how her father had obtained the Double Eagle coins.
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June 20, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Tom Watson fought back tears Sunday as he walked up the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links for what in all likelihood was his final hole at the U.S. Open. Watson, the winner here in 1982 and the only player to compete in all five Opens contested at Pebble Beach, wound up his 31st Open with a 5-over-par 76 and a 72-hole score of 285. "The crowd was just wonderful, they gave me nice ovations at every hole," Watson said. "There's a lot of sadness today.
NEWS
August 1, 2009 | By Vernon Clark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A judge in Philadelphia has ruled that the federal government must return 10 extremely rare gold coins to the family of a late Center City jeweler or outline its case for keeping them in a forfeiture filing. U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis issued the ruling Tuesday in the case of the 10 1933 "double eagle" gold coins, which experts say could fetch millions at auction. The lawyer representing the family said the coins are thought to be the most valuable gold coins in the world.
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January 12, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Geoff Ogilvy has opened the PGA Tour season with a six-shot victory in the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Kapalua, Hawaii, overcoming a choppy start by closing with a 5-under 68. It wasn't as easy as the margin indicates. The former U.S. Open champion had a six-shot lead going into the final round on a rain-softened Plantation Course, but after making four bogeys on his first seven holes, he stood in the ninth fairway with his lead down to one shot over hard-charging Anthony Kim. Ogilvy hit his approach into 30 feet and made the eagle putt to restore the cushion, then ran off four straight birdies on the back nine and the rout was on. He finished at 24-under 268 and won $1.12 million for a wire-to-wire victory that moves him to No. 6 in the world.
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