Who's who: Bill Mehlhorn

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  • Photo of Bill Mehlhorn
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  • Photo of Bill Mehlhorn

Who's who: Bill Mehlhorn

  • Name:

    William Earl Mehlhorn
  • Also known as:

    Billy; Wild Bill
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1898-1989]. Born on Dec 2, 1898 in Elgin, Illinois. Died on April 5, 1989 in Miami, Florida (aged 90).
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer, club pro, instructor and course designer.
  • Turned Pro:

    1920

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1927 ... the first edition). Multiple wins on the PGA Tour (19) in the 1920s.

Did you know?

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.

Top tournaments won by Bill Mehlhorn

1930
America
La Gorce CC
285 (+1)
$5,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mehlhorn, Bill

Venue

La Gorce CC

Score

285 (+1)

Prize money

$5,000

Title sponsor

x

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].

1929
America
Lido GC, NY
288 (E)
Metropolitan GA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mehlhorn, Bill

Venue

Lido GC, NY

Score

288 (E)

Prize money

Title sponsor

Metropolitan GA

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].

1929
America
277 (-7)
$1,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mehlhorn, Bill

Score

277 (-7)

Prize money

$1,500

Title sponsor

x

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].

1928
America
Willow Springs, TX
297 (+13)
$1,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mehlhorn, Bill

Venue

Willow Springs, TX

Score

297 (+13)

Prize money

$1,500

Title sponsor

x

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].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mehlhorn, Bill

Score

291 (+3)

Prize money

$1,250

Title sponsor

x

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].

1924
America
Calumet CC
293 (+5)
$500
WGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mehlhorn, Bill

Venue

Calumet CC

Score

293 (+5)

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

WGA

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].

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