Willie Smith (golfer)

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Willie Smith
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Died 26 December 1916
Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality  Scotland
Career
Status Professional
Professional wins 3
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open Won: 1899
The Open Championship T5: 1910
PGA Championship DNP

Willie Smith (died 26 December 1916), a native of Carnoustie, was a Scottish golfer. His brothers Alex and Macdonald were also famous golfers.

While working as a professional at the Midlothian Country Club, near Chicago he won the fifth staging of the U.S. Open in 1899, which was played at the Baltimore Country Club, Roland Park Course. He won by a margin of eleven shots, which wasn't bettered until Tiger Woods won the 2000 championship by fifteen shots. Smith's prize was $150. He played in nine U.S. Opens in total, and made the top-10 in eight of them, but he did not win again.

In 1899, Smith won the first Western Open in a playoff against Laurie Auchterlonie. He also won the 1900 California State Open.

In 1904, Smith moved to Mexico City to become the golf pro at the Mexico City Country Club. He was injured during the Mexican Revolution. He had refused to leave his post at the country club and was found trapped under a fallen beam after Emiliano Zapata's troops ransacked the club which they saw as a symbol of the corrupt ruling class.[citation needed] He later died of pneumonia.[1][2] His body was returned to Scotland for burial in the family plot.

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runners-up
1899 U.S. Open 4 shot lead 77-82-79-77=315 11 strokes Val Fitzjohn, United States George Low, W.H. Way

Results timeline[edit]

Smith played in only the U.S. Open and The Open Championship.

Tournament 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP 5 1 5 3 4 T9 DNP T13 2 DNP 2 DNP DNP
The Open Championship WD DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T5

DNP = Did not play
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Willie Smith is Dead - New York Times, 27 December 1916
  2. ^ "Willie Smith, Golf Pro., Dies in Mexico City", Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, New Jersey), 27 December 1916

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