Name:William Earl Mehlhorn
Also known as:Billy; Wild Bill
Lived:[1898-1989]. Born on Dec 2, 1898 in Elgin, Illinois. Died on April 5, 1989 in Miami, Florida (aged 90).
Occupation:Professional golfer, club pro, instructor and course designer.
Ryder Cup player (1927 ... the first edition). Multiple wins on the PGA Tour (19) in the 1920s.
The frequent wearing of cowboy hats while playing golf, earned Mehlhorn the nickname "Wild Bill". Despite his 19 PGA Tour wins and numerous top ten finishes in the "majors", a major championship title eluded him.
Played as the La Gorce Open (March 20-22). Second-placed and defending champion Horton Smith (USA) finished 1 shot behind Bill Mehlhorn (USA), who recorded the last of his 19 PGA Tour wins. [La Gorce CC, Miami Beach, FL].
Played as the Metropolitan Open (July 18-20). Second-placed Wilfred "Wiffy" Cox (USA) finished 3 shots behind Bill Mehlhorn (USA). [Lido GC, Lido Beach, NY; at the time Lido CC].
Played as the Texas Open (Jan 25-27). Second-placed Horton Smith (USA) finished 4 shots behind defending champion "Wild Bill" Mehlhorn (USA), who clinched the win with a course record 66 (-5) and 67 (-4) on Sunday in the final two rounds. [Brackenridge Park GC, San Antonio, TX].
Played as the Texas Open (Feb 5-7). Second-placed "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper (Eng/USA) finished 1 shot behind "Wild Bill" Mehlhorn (USA). [Willow Springs GC, San Antonio, TX].
Played as the inaugural Hawaiian Open (Nov 28, Dec 1/2, 4). "Wild Bill" Mehlhorn (USA) beat Fred Morrison (USA) in an 18-hole Tuesday playoff (Mehlhorn 73, Morrison 71). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
Played as the Western Open (Sept 4-6). Second-placed Al Watrous (USA) finished 8 shots behind Bill Mehlhorn (USA). [Calumet CC, Homewood, nr Chicago, Illinois].
Solheim Cup: can Europe defend the most prestigious team trophy in women’s professional golf, when the 17th Solheim Cup is played out at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (Sept 4-6).
Italian Open: Nicolai Højgaard recorded his first European Tour win (Sept 5), just a week after his twin brother Rasmus landed the European Masters title (Aug 29); the first brothers to win back-to-back on the European Tour.
The San Roque Club: "... how best to revitalise a course that had previously been fit to play regular host to the European Tour’s qualifying school finals..." by Toby Ingleton.
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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