Willie Smith (golfer)

Willie Smith (golfer)

Willie Smith (died December 26, 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 ten in eight of them, but he didn't win again.

In 1899, Smith won the first Western Open in a playoff against Laurie Auchterlonie.

In 1904, Smith moved to Mexico City to become the golf pro at the Mexico City Country Club. He died there of pneumonia in 1916.

External links

* [http://heritage.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=1335&id=645892005 Article on early Scottish golfers in the U.S.] (including the Smith brothers)

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