Name:William Law 'Willie" Anderson
Lived:[1879-1910]. Born on Oct 21, 1879 in North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland. Died on Oct 25, 1910 in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (aged 31).
Original/Home Club:North Berwick, Scotland
Occupation:Professional golfer; club maker.
MAJORS (4): US Open (1901, '03, '04, '05). Multiple tournament wins in the United States, including four Western Opens (1902, '04, '08, '09). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1975).
Aged just 16, Anderson emigrated from North Berwick to the United States with his father and brother in 1896. His mother and three sisters remained in Scotland. Anderson was the first player to win four US Open Championships; three of these victories were back-to-back (1903, '04, '05). He died at the age of 31, officially from epilepsy, although other causes of death have been put forward including a brain tumour, alcoholism and ateriosclerosis.
Played as the Western Open (Sept 16/17). Second-placed Stewart Gardner finished 9 shots behind defending champion Willie Anderson (Scot). [Skokie CC, Glencoe, nr Chicago, IL].
Played as the Western Open (June 18/19). Second-placed Fred McLeod (Scot/USA) finished 1 shot behind Willie Anderson (Scot). [Normandie GC, St Louis, Missouri].
The US Open (11th) (Sept 21/22). Second-placed Alex Smith (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Anderson (Scot), who won this title for the third straight year. This was the last of Anderson's four US Open wins. [Myopia Hunt Club, Hamilton, Mass.].
The US Open (10th) (July 8/9). Second-placed Gilbert Nicholls (Eng/USA) finished 5 shots behind defending champion Willie Anderson (Scot). This was the third of Anderson's four US Open wins. [Glen View Club, Golf, nr Chicago, IL].
Played as the Western Open (June 30/July 1). Second-placed Alex Smith (Scot) finished 4 shots behind Willie Anderson (Scot). [Kent CC, Grand Rapids, Mich].
The US Open (9th) (June 26-29). Anderson (Scot) beat David Brown (Scot) in an 18-hole playoff (Anderson 82, Brown 84). This was the second of Anderson's four US Open wins. [Original Old course, Baltusrol GC, Springfield, NJ].
Played as the Western Open (Sept 16/17; first time as a 72-hole event). Second-placed Willie Smith (Scot) and W.H. "Bertie" Way (Scot) finished 5 shots behind Willie Anderson (Scot), who now held both the United States' "major" tournament titles - the US Open and Western Open. [Euclid Club, Cleveland, OH].
The US Open (7th) (June 14-17). Anderson (Scot) beat Alex Smith (Scot) in an 18-hole playoff (Anderson 85, Smith 86). This was the first of Anderson's four US Open wins. [Myopia Hunt Club, Hamilton, Mass.].
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