Fred McLeod

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Fred McLeod
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Frederick Robertson McLeod
Born (1882-04-25)25 April 1882
North Berwick, Scotland
Died 8 May 1976(1976-05-08) (aged 94)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 108 lb (49 kg; 7.7 st)
Nationality  Scotland
 United States
Career
Status Professional
Professional wins 7
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T50: 1934
U.S. Open Won: 1908
The Open Championship 7th: 1926
PGA Championship 2nd: 1919
Fred McLeod and Harry Vardon at the 1913 U.S. Open

Frederick Robertson McLeod (25 April 1882 – 8 May 1976) was a Scottish-American golfer who had a distinguished career in the United States, which included victory in the 1908 U.S. Open. He was born in Kirk Ports, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland.

Biography[edit]

McLeod's mother was from Bolton in East Lothian and his father was from the Isle of Skye.[1] His father was employed as the manager of a temperance book stall and also worked as a caddy. McLeod began his working life as a postman at the age of fourteen. At seventeen he joined the Bass Rock Golf Club in North Berwick, which was a club for artisans. It did not have its own course and the members played on a public links. McLeod soon had some success in local competitions, and in 1903 he left for the United States to try his luck as a golf professional there, a route followed by many other Scots around that time as the golf clubs which were springing up rapidly in the U.S. had no experienced local professionals on whom they could call. He quickly found employment at the Rockford Country Club in Illinois, and later worked at several other clubs.

Despite not having been a leading player in Scotland, McLeod soon made a name for himself as a first rate tournament player in the U.S. He entered his first U.S. Open within weeks of his arrival in America, and later that year he was fifth at the Western Open. He won the Riverside Open in 1905 and the Western PGA Championship in both 1905 and 1907. The principal achievement of his career was his victory in the 1908 U.S. Open at Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He was level with Willie Smith after four rounds, but won the playoff by 77 shots to 83. McLeod was five feet four inches tall, and at the end of the tournament he was weighed at 7 stone 10 pounds (108 pounds, 49 kilograms), making him the smallest man ever to take the title. He competed in the U.S. Open twenty-two times and had eight top ten finishes.

McLeod won several more professional tournaments: the 1909 & 1920 North and South Open at Pinehurst, the 1912 Shawnee Open, the 1924 St. Petersburg Open and the 1927 Maryland Open. In 1919 he was runner up to Jim Barnes in the PGA Championship. He took part in both the 1921 challenge match between teams of U.S based and British based professionals at Gleneagles, Perth and Kinross, Scotland, and in the follow-up 1926 match which was the immediate precursor of the first Ryder Cup match in 1927. During this period McLeod wintered at Temple Terrace, Florida (1925–26) where he worked with James Kelly Thomson from North Berwick. It was in Florida that McLeod was involved in the first 'Professional Golf League' in 1925. As the number of golf courses increased, many of top pro's were signed up in the winter months to represent the Florida clubs in a team competition. Walter Hagen and Joe Kirkwood, Sr. were signed up to Pasadena Country Club, Jim Barnes and Fred McLeod played for Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club and Gene Sarazen and Leo Diegel represented Hollywood Country Club. Although exhibition matches were still popular this team format increased the pros earnings as they received 60% of the two dollars spectators paid at the gate. He also played in the first four editions of the Masters Tournament from 1934–37, and acted as an honorary starter at the Augusta event from 1963 to 1976. He was a member of the group of senior professionals which established the senor division of the PGA in 1937, and in 1938 he won the second staging of the PGA Seniors' Championship.

McLeod died in Washington, D.C., at the age of 94. He was buried at the last club where he had worked as a professional, Columbia Country Club, in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner-up
1908 U.S. Open 1 shot deficit 82-82-81-77=322 Playoff 1 United States Willie Smith

1 Defeated Willie Smith in an 18-hole playoff - McLeod (77), Smith (83)

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
U.S. Open T26 T29 19 T35 T5 1 T13
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF
Tournament 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
U.S. Open 4 4 T13 T39 T3 T8 T24 NT NT 8
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP NT NT NT
PGA Championship NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF DNP NT NT 2
Tournament 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
U.S. Open 13 T2 DNP DNP T40 DNP CUT DNP T41 CUT
The Open Championship DNP T63 DNP DNP DNP DNP 7 DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP QF DNP QF R32 DNP R32 DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament NYF NYF NYF NYF T50 64 WD DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP WD NT NT NT NT WD DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP NT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament DNP WD WD WD WD WD WD WD WD CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963
Masters Tournament WD WD WD WD
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP

NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

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