Alex Smith (golfer)
|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Alexander Smith|
28 January 1874|
|Died||21 April 1930
|Best results in major championships
|U.S. Open||Won: 1906, 1910|
|The Open Championship||T16: 1905|
|PGA Championship||T9: 1916|
Alexander Smith (28 January 1874 – 21 April 1930) was a member of a famous Scottish golfing family. His brother Willie won the U.S. Open in 1899, and Alex won it in both 1906 and 1910. Like many British professionals of his era he spent much of his adult life working as a club professional in the United States.
In 1901 Smith lost to Willie Anderson in a playoff for the U.S. Open title. Smith's 1906 U.S. Open victory came at the Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. His 72 hole score of 295 was the lowest at either the U.S. Open or the British Open up to that time, and he won $300. The 1910 U.S. Open was played over the St. Martin's course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Smith won a three man playoff against American John McDermott and another of his own brothers, Macdonald Smith. Alex Smith played in eighteen U.S. Opens in total and accumulated eleven top ten placings.
this list may be incomplete
- 1903 Western Open
- 1905 Metropolitan Open
- 1906 U.S. Open, Western Open
- 1909 Metropolitan Open
- 1910 U.S. Open, Metropolitan Open
- 1913 Metropolitan Open
|Year||Championship||54 Holes||Winning Score||Margin||Runner(s)-up|
|1906||U.S. Open||3 shot lead||(73-74-73-75=295)||7 strokes||Willie Smith|
|1910||U.S. Open (2)||2 shot deficit||+6 (73-73-79-73=298)||Playoff1||John McDermott, Macdonald Smith|
1Defeated John McDermott and MacDonald Smith in an 18 hole playoff - A. Smith 71 (-2), McDermott 75 (+2) & M. Smith 77 (+4).
Smith died before the Masters Tournament was founded.
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T16||DNP||T25||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||DNP||DNP|
NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
- "Births in the District of St Clement in the Burgh of Dundee". Statutory Births 282/03 0134. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 17 February 2015. (subscription required (. ))
- "Alexander Smith and Willie Anderson Tied for the Open Championship at 331" (p. 9). New York Tribune. Library of Congress. 16 June 1901. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
- Wawashkamo Golf Club Scottish Links Course designed by Alex Smith on Mackinac Island, Michigan
- Article on early Scottish golfers in the U.S. (including the Smith brothers)
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