Watrous, c. 1978
|Full name||Albert Andrew Watrous|
February 1, 1899|
Yonkers, New York
|Died||December 3, 1983
Royal Oak, Michigan
|Height||5 ft 11.5 in (1.82 m)|
|Weight||178 lb (81 kg; 12.7 st)|
|Spouse||Agnes J. Watrous|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||7th: 1937|
|U.S. Open||T8: 1923|
|The Open Championship||2nd: 1926|
|PGA Championship||T3: 1935|
|Achievements and awards|
Sports Hall of Fame
|Michigan Golf Hall of Fame||1982|
Born in Yonkers, New York, of Polish descent, Watrous moved to Michigan at an early age and played on the first two Ryder Cup teams in 1927 and 1929. Watrous was the club pro at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan for 37 years. Watrous had tremendous success in Michigan events, winning the Michigan PGA Championship nine times and the Michigan Open six times.
1926 Open Championship
Watrous never won a major championship, but came very close in the 1926 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club. Playing with Bobby Jones in the final round, and tied with him, Watrous hit the green in two shots on the difficult par-4 17th hole, with Jones in trouble after his tee shot finished in sandy dunes and tall grass far left of the fairway. But from this very difficult position, Jones hit one of the greatest recovery shots in golf history from 175 yards, as his ball finished on the green nearer than Watrous', who three-putted, and finished second to Jones. Watrous did win the PGA Seniors Championship three times after he turned 50.
He became a General Motors executive after his days as a player and club pro were over.
Legacy and death
On June 14, 1979, Watrous was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. In 1982, he was inducted with the charter class at the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame. A collegiate golf tournament named in his honor, the Al Watrous Memorial Intercollegiate Invitational, was first played in 2009.
PGA Tour wins (8)
- 1922 (1) Canadian Open
- 1925 (2) South Central Open, Corpus Christi Open
- 1927 (1) one win
- 1929 (1) one win
- 1932 (2) Mid-South Open (tie with Henry Picard and Al Houghton), Mid-South Bestball (with Tommy Armour)
- 1933 (1) Lakeland Open
- Note: This list is probably incomplete.
- 1922 Michigan PGA Championship
- 1924 Michigan PGA Championship
- 1926 Michigan Open
- 1927 Michigan Open
- 1929 Michigan Open
- 1930 Michigan Open
- 1932 Michigan PGA Championship
- 1936 Michigan PGA Championship
- 1938 Michigan PGA Championship
- 1939 Michigan PGA Championship
- 1941 Michigan PGA Championship
- 1943 Michigan Open
- 1949 Michigan Open
- 1952 Michigan PGA Championship, Michigan Pro-Am
- 1954 Michigan PGA Championship, Michigan Pro-Am
- 1950 PGA Seniors' Championship
- 1951 PGA Seniors' Championship
- 1953 Michigan PGA Senior Championship
- 1954 Michigan PGA Senior Championship
- 1956 Michigan PGA Senior Championship
- 1957 PGA Seniors' Championship, Michigan PGA Senior Championship, World Seniors Championship
- 1961 Michigan PGA Senior Championship
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||2||DNP||DNP||T7|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T42||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||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
Yellow background for top-10
|The Open Championship||0||1||0||1||2||2||3||3|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 23 (1926 Open Championship – 1937 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1929 Open Championship – 1929 PGA)
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