William “Willie” MacFarlane was a Scottish professional golfer who was born on June 29, 1890 in Aberdeen, Scotland. He went to the United States to become a professional at the Oak Ridge Golf Club in Tuckahoe, New York.
He participated and won in the Philadelphia Open Championships in 1921 and in the Westchester Open in 1924. His career high was when he won the U.S. Open in 1925, which was held in Worcester Country Club in Worcester, Massachusetts. Initially, he tied with Bobby Jones over 72 holes but eventually topped Jones by one stroke. MacFarlane went on to win the tournament and set a new U.S. Open single round low-score.
He continued to compete in the U.S. Open but was not able to repeat his success in 1925. In total, MacFarlane had 22 wins throughout his entire career. In 1930, he won the Metropolitan Open in the United States, as well as the Westchester Open title.
MacFarlane competed in 1931 for championship title in the Miami International Four-Ball in Florida and won. He participated again in the 1933 Metropolitan Open and also won the competition. Although he played in the U.S. Open 16 times, MacFarlane only had one more top-ten spot.
On the PGA Tour, he won a total of 21 times and won almost 60% of his matches. He topped two other golf greats, Paul Runyan and Johnny Farrell. MacFarlane also played alongside the likes of Willie Ormond, Gordon Smith, and Lawrie Reilly. In 1967, MacFarlane died in Miami, Florida at the age of 71.