Willie Auchterlonie

Willie Auchterlonie started the family golf shop in St Andrews which still exists today, just yards from the 18th green of the Old Course. He first played in The Open as a teenager and won the Claret Jug in 1893 as a 21-year-old.
  • He is only the second youngest Open winner behind Tom Morris Jr

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    Winning Open Score

  • Begun his working life as an apprentice to club makers

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Willie Auchterlonie started the family golf shop in St Andrews which still exists today, just yards from the 18th green of the Old Course. He first played in The Open as a teenager and won the Claret Jug in 1893 as a 21-year-old.

Only Young Tom Morris has ever been a younger Champion Golfer. He was also the last Scottish-born player still resident in Scotland to win in Scotland until Paul Lawrie in 1999. He had only played in Opens at St Andrews previously, finishing eighth in 1891.

Conditions at Prestwick were awful on the first day, the worst Old Tom Morris, playing in his 31st Open, had ever experienced. Apart from an 8 at the first in the second round when he went on the railway line, Auchterlonie coped admirably and rounds of 78, 81, 81 and 82 gave him a two-stroke victory over amateur John Laidlay, with Sandy Herd third.

His play was remarkably steady, given the conditions and that he led from the second round onwards, and he finished off each round particularly strongly. Though he only had one more high finish in The Open, a fifth place in 1900 at St Andrews, his brother, Laurie, completed a transatlantic family double by winning the US Open in 1902.

First and foremost a clubmaker, Willie Auchterlonie became the honorary professional to the Royal and Ancient in 1935, in succession to Old Tom and Andrew Kirkaldy. After he died in 1963, the role, as well as the family’s golf shop, passed to his son, also called Laurie.

Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
St Andrews 1910
28
79
76
79
83
317
-
Muirfield 1906
M/C
85
87
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 1905
M/C
90
87
-
-
-
M/C
Prestwick 1903
45
83
84
79
84
330
-
Royal Liverpool 1902
38
83
84
86
86
339
-
Muirfield 1901
29
86
82
88
86
342
-
St Andrews 1900
5
81
85
80
80
326
-
Prestwick 1898
M/C
87
85
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Liverpool 1897
18
84
85
85
81
335
-
Muirfield 1896
12
80
86
81
82
329
-
St Andrews 1895
31
91
84
90
89
354
-
Royal St George's 1894
23
96
81
93
85
355
-
Prestwick 1893
1
78
81
81
82
322
-
St Andrews 1891
8
85
90
-
-
175
M/C
St Andrews 1888
18
92
93
-
-
185
M/C
St Andrews 1885
38
103
92
-
-
195
M/C

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