Name:William Lawson Little Jr
Also known as:Cannonball
Lived:[1910-1968]. Born on June 23, 1910 in Fort Adams, Newport, Rhode Island. Died on Feb 1, 1968 in Monterey, California (aged 57).
Original/Home Club:Presidio GC, CA.
MAJORS (1): US Open (1940). Amateur MAJORS (4): US Amateur (1934, '35); British Amateur (1934, '35). PGA Tour wins (8). Walker Cup player (1934). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1980).
Nicknamed "Cannonball", Little won both the US and British Amateur championships two years in a row (1934, 1935); at the time all four events were contested solely on a match play basis. He was presented with the 1935 Sullivan Award as the outstanding US amateur athlete of the year.
Played as the Texas Open (Feb 7-9). Second-placed Ben Hogan (USA) finished 3 shots behind Lawson Little (USA). The event saw both rain and snow, and required the application of winter rules. [Willow Springs GC, San Antonio, TX].
Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 5-8). Second-placed Clayton Heafner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Little (USA). [Los Angeles CC, Los Angeles, CA].
The US Open (44th) (June 6-9). Little (USA) beat Gene Sarazen (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Little 70 (-2), Sarazen 73 (+1). [Canterbury GC, Beachwood, Ohio].
Played as the Shawnee Open (July 12-14; last year as a PGA Tour event). Second-placed Jimmy Thomson (Scot/USA) and Leo Mallory (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lawson Little (USA). [Shawnee CC & Inn, Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania; at the time the Inn was known as the Buckwood Inn].
Played as the Canadian Open (Sept 10-12). Second-placed Jimmy Thompson (Scot/USA) finished 8 shots behind 26-year-old Lawson Little (USA), who recorded his first win as a professional. [St Andrews GC, North York, Toronto, Ont. This course no longer exists].
The US Amateur Championship (39th) (Sept 9-14). Defending champion W. Lawson Little (USA) beat Walter Emery (USA) 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final. [The Country Club, Pepper Pike, nr Cleveland, OH].
The Amateur Championship (46th). Little (USA) beat Dr William Tweddell (Eng) by 1 hole in the final to win this title for the second straight year. [Royal Lytham & St Annes GC, nr Blackpool, Lancs].
The US Amateur Championship (38th) (Sept 10-15). W. Lawson Little Jr (USA) beat David Goldman (USA) 8 and 7 in the 36-hole final. [The Country Club, Brookline, Boston, Mass.].
The Amateur Championship (45th). W. Lawson Little (USA) beat James Wallace (Scot) by 14 & 13 in the final. [Prestwick GC, Ayrshire, Scotland].
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