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].
2021 Opens: whether by accident or design, four of the top five mens’ Open Championships played in the British Isles occupy consecutive weeks in July: the Irish Open (1-4), Scottish Open (8-11), The Open (15-18) and Wales Open (22-25). The recently relaunched English Open is scheduled for early-August.
Hoag Classic: Ernie Els defends his title in this prestigious PGA Tour Champions event, played since 1991 at the Newport Beach Country Club, CA (Mar 5-7).
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