Willie Anderson

Born Oct 21, 1879
Nationality United States United States

Willie Anderson is considered to be one of the best U.S. Open golfers in history. He was the only person, actually the distinct one, among other four players to win four U.S. Open tournaments. There were three other golfers who had similar wins, but it was only Anderson to win it successively. He earned the titles within five years only, from 1901 to 1905. In 1902 Western Open US Tournament he broke 300 points and again was the only first golfer to do that. He earned the title of the PGA Tour BMW Championship US Open in 1905. His name dominated the tournament for the first ten years since the birth of the Open.

Willie was consistent in the top 5 eleven times since his first year as a professional golfer until his fourteenth year. He was the most sought after sports instructor among his colleagues.

Born on October 21, 1879 at 18 Westgate North Berwick, Scotland, and died in October 25, 1910. He is born to Thomas Anderson, from Kinsgton Farm and Janet Law, from Dunoon. Willie had four sisters and a brother. He joined the North Berwick Public School while his whole family lived in Dalry. When he was 11 years, he already was a licensed caddie on the West Links. He left school to become an apprentice club maker under Alex Aitken in Gullane. He became a successful club maker until 1983 including the one he set for Prime Minister A.J. Balfour.

When Willie turned 16 years old, he sailed to America and took up the position of a golf professional at the Knollwood Country Club in New York. It was believed that Frank Slazenger, owner of a manufacturing company for sports and equipment helped Willie to go to America and put him at Misquamicut Golf Club, Watch Hill as well.

Willie’s success made him a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and was inducted in 1975.

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