Who's who: Willie Fernie

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Who's who: Willie Fernie

  • Name:

    Willie Fernie
  • Country:

  • Lived:

    [1855-1924]. Born on May 7, 1855 in St Andrews, Fife. Died on June 24, 1924 in Glasgow, Scotland (aged 69).
  • Original/Home Club:

    St Andrews, Fife
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer and golf instructor; golf course designer.
  • Turned Pro:


Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): The Open (1883).

Golf course design

Royal Troon (1878); Seacroft (1895); Shiskine (1896); Southerdown (1905).

Did you know?

In winning the 1883 Open Championship, Fernie put an end to Bob Ferguson's hopes of winning his fourth Open in a row ... he did so on Ferguson's home course, the Old Links, Musselburgh. Fernie clinched the title in dramatic fashion. Level after 36 holes of regulation play, they came to the last of the 36 playoff holes with Ferguson leading by a shot. A two shot swing at the last gave Fernie the win by just one shot.

Top tournaments won by Willie Fernie



Winner (holder)

Fernie, Willie



Prize money


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The Open Championship (23rd) (Nov 16/17). Fernie (Scot) beat Robert "Bob" Ferguson (Scot) in a 36-hole playoff (four rounds of the 9-hole Links): Fernie 158, Ferguson 159. [The Old Course, Musselburgh Links, nr Edinburgh].

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Son Gual is located just a few kilometres from Palma (Mallorca). Palma's Old City shows clear influences from the city's Arab past.

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