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Name: - William Law 'Willie' Anderson
Country: - Scotland
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.
Turned Pro: -

Roll of Honour

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).

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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.

Top tournaments won by Willie Anderson

1909Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Skokie CC288$200
Played as the Western Open. Second-placed Stewart Gardner finished 9 shots behind defending champion Anderson (Scot). [Skokie CC, Glencoe, nr Chicago, IL].
1908Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Normandie GC299$200
Played as the Western Open. Second-placed Fred McLeod (Scot/USA) finished 1 shot behind Anderson (Scot). [Normandie GC, St Louis, Missouri].
1905Men MajorsUS OpenMyopia Hunt Club314$200
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.].
1904Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Kent CC304$150
Played as the Western Open. Second-placed Alex Smith (Scot) finished 4 shots behind Anderson (Scot). [Kent CC, Grand Rapids, Mich].
1904Men MajorsUS OpenGlen View Club303$200
The US Open (10th) (July 8/9). Second-placed Gilbert Nicholls (USA) finished 5 shots behind defending champion Anderson (Scot). This was the third of Anderson's four US Open wins. [Glen View Club, Golf, nr Chicago, IL].
1903Men MajorsUS OpenBaltusrol GC307$200
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].
1902Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Euclid Club299$150
Played as the Western Open. Second-placed Willie Smith (Scot) and W.H. Way (Scot) finished 6 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].
1901Men MajorsUS OpenMyopia Hunt Club331$200
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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