Lived:[1876-1916]. Born on Oct 8, 1876 in Dundee, Scotland. Died on Dec 26, 1916 in Mexico City, Mexico (aged 40).
Occupation:Professional golfer and club pro; golf course designer.
The US Open (5th) (Sept 14/15). Second-placed George Low (Scot), Val Fitzjohn and W.H. "Bertie" Way finished 11 shots behind Smith (Scot). [Roland Park course, Baltimore CC, Lutherville, Maryland. This course closed in 1962].
Played as the inaugural Western Open (Sept 6/7; 36-hole event). Following a tie for first place after 36-holes, Willie Smith (Scot) beat Laurie Auchterlonie (Scot) in an 18-hole playoff. Playoff scores: Smith 74, Auchterlonie 84. [Glen View Club, Golf, nr Chicago, IL].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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