Alex Smith (golfer)

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Alex Smith
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Alex Smith
Born 1872
Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland
Died 21 April 1930(1930-04-21) (age 57 or 58)
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality  Scotland
Career
Status Professional
Professional wins 8
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters Tournament NYF
U.S. Open Won: 1906, 1910
The Open Championship T16: 1905
PGA Championship T9: 1916

Alex Smith (1872 – 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.

Smith also won the Western Open twice and the Metropolitan Open four times.

Smith was born in Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland and died in Baltimore, Maryland.

Alex Smith (right) with Willie Anderson

Tournament wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner(s)-up
1906 U.S. Open 3 shot lead (73-74-73-75=295) 7 strokes Scotland Willie Smith
1910 U.S. Open (2) 2 shot deficit +6 (73-73-79-73=298) Playoff1 United States John McDermott, Scotland Macdonald Smith

1Defeated John McDermott and MacDonald Smith in an 18 hole playoff - A. Smith 71 (-2), McDermott 75 (+2) & M. Smith 77 (+4).

Results timeline[edit]

Smith died before the Masters Tournament was founded.

Tournament 1898 1899 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
U.S. Open 2 7 13 2 T18 4 18 2 1 DNP 3 3
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T16 DNP T25 DNP DNP
PGA Championship NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF
Tournament 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921
U.S. Open 1 T23 T3 T16 DNP T22 DNP NT NT WD DNP T5
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP NT NT NT NT NT DNP DNP
PGA Championship NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF R16 NT NT DNP 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

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