Willie Smith (golfer)
|Full name||William Smith|
|Born||8 October 1876|
|Died||26 December 1916 (aged 40)|
Mexico City, Mexico
|Best results in major championships|
|U.S. Open||Won: 1899|
|The Open Championship||T5: 1910|
1899 U.S. Open
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.
Western Open and 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. He was tasked with designing a new course, the Club de Golf Chapultepec, however due to his death it was completed by his brother Alex Smith. It has hosted the Mexican Open multiple times, and the WGC-Mexico Championship since 2017.
|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, George Low, Bert Way|
|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
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