September 18, 1892|
August 6, 1948 (aged 55)|
Hackensack, New Jersey, U.S.
|Weight||118 lb (54 kg; 8.4 st)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||61st: 1934|
|U.S. Open||Won: 1924|
|The Open Championship||T18: 1926|
|PGA Championship||T3: 1921|
Walker won the 1924 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills Country Club, while playing out of Englewood Golf Club in New Jersey. He beat defending champion Bobby Jones by three strokes. This was his only top ten finish in seven appearances at the U.S. Open. He was a small man, weighing only 118 pounds (54 kg).
Walker's slow pace of play, combined with his sometimes-combative personality, eventually made him unpopular with fellow players and tournament sponsors. This hastened his exit from the then-nascent professional golfers' tournament circuit. While a club pro at Saddle River in 1933, he was arrested for destroying the signs of a neighboring course.
An alcohol addiction further hastened his downward spiral during the 1930s and he ultimately found himself in a near-destitute condition working as a caddie in Florida at the Miami Beach municipal course in 1940, and later as a dishwasher.
PGA Tour wins (6)
- 1917 (1) one win
- 1921 (1) Pennsylvania Open Championship
- 1922 (1) one win
- 1923 (1) one win
- 1924 (1) U.S. Open
- 1930 (1) Miami International Four-Ball (with Clarence Gamber)
- 1916 Indiana Open
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1924||U.S. Open||Tied for lead||+9 (74-74-74-75=297)||3 strokes||Bobby Jones|
|The Open Championship||NT||NT||NT||NT|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T18||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
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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- "Walker new Open leader". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. June 7, 1924. p. 13.
- Sixty, Billy (June 7, 1924). "Walker beats Jones for National Open golf title". Milwaukee Journal. p. 6.
- "Cyril Walker, native of England, wins National Open golf crown by beating Jones 3 strokes". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. June 7, 1924. p. 16.
- Williams, Joe (July 14, 1924). "Tiny mites carry off golf laurels". Evening Independent. St. Petersburg, Florida. p. 14.
- Barkow, Al (November 1989). The History of the PGA TOUR. Copyright PGA Tour. Doubleday. pp. 235–37, 249, 253. ISBN 0-385-26145-4.
- "Cyril Walker is a arrested in golf club war". Chicago Daily Tribune. May 28, 1933. p. 5, part 2.
- "Presenting two golfing extremes - fastest and slowest pro". Pittsburgh Press. February 3, 1927. p. 26.
- Shifrin, Joshua (2012). "From the Links: Golf's Most Memorable Moments". Guilford, Connecticut: Lyons Press. p. 34.
- Aronstam, H.J. (April 12, 1940). "Caddy ranks claim Cyril Walker who won National Open in 1924". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. United Press. p. 16.
- "Cyril Walker dies in New Jersey cell". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. August 7, 1948. p. 8.
- "Milestones". Time. August 16, 1948. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- "Cyril Walker dies; beat Bobby Jones". Toledo Blade. Ohio. United Press. August 7, 1948. p. 10.
- "Cyril Walker a pocket-sized Ben Hogan of his golfing day". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. August 23, 1948. p. 8.
- Carroll, Dick (July 2, 1955). "The tragedy of Cyril Walker". Montreal Gazette. p. 8.