Willie Park Jr

Willie Park JR was the son of four-time Champion Wille Park Snr, winner of the first Open, and nephew of the 1874 Champion Golfer Mungo Park.
  • Park designed more than 150 courses in Europe, the US and Canada

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  • 12

    Top 10s at The Open

  • He was also a successful golf equipment maker and golf writer

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Willie Park JR was the son of four-time Champion Wille Park Snr, winner of the first Open, and nephew of the 1874 Champion Golfer Mungo Park.

He was as fine player himself who was fourth three years in a row before winning at Prestwick in 1887 after Willie Campbell, the local professional, took four in a bunker at the 16th.

Two years later Park had a titanic duel with Andrew Kirkaldy. The pair tied on the lowest ever score at Musselburgh, 155, after Park rallied from two behind with three to play before his putt for victory at the last stopped on the lip.

They play-off over another 36 holes with Park winning by five strokes. He was a fine putter, and the saying that a “man who can putt is a match for anyone,” is attributed to him. Though he would be second to Harry Vardon in 1898 and competed in many challenge matches, Park also spent time on other aspects of the game.

As a club designer he popularised the Bulger driver that featured a shortened head with convex face, which helped overcome slice and hook spin for shots hit out of the toe or heel. His Lofter iron was a runaway success, selling 17,000 at seven shillings and sixpence (35p) each.

He became a noted golf course architect, with Sunningdale Old, West Hill and Huntercombe among his gems, as well as many more in Britain, Europe, America and Canada. His book, The Game of Golf, was the first by a professional, and he followed up with a second volume, The Art of Golf.

A contemporary tribute said: “He is held in high esteem for his exemplary conduct and for his rigid adherence to those temperance principles, the neglect of which has brought so many of his brother professionals to grief.”

Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Royal St George's 1911
M/C
79
84
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 1910
38
81
78
78
84
321
-
Royal Liverpool 1907
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 1905
13
84
81
85
81
331
-
Royal St George's 1904
12
84
72
81
78
315
-
Prestwick 1903
15
78
86
80
75
319
-
Royal Liverpool 1902
23
79
82
82
86
329
-
Muirfield 1901
18
78
87
81
90
336
-
St Andrews 1900
6
80
83
81
84
328
-
Royal St George's 1899
14
77
79
85
89
330
-
Prestwick 1898
2
76
75
78
79
308
-
Royal Liverpool 1897
22
91
81
83
82
337
-
Muirfield 1896
14
79
80
83
88
330
-
Royal St George's 1894
12
88
86
82
87
343
-
Prestwick 1893
19
82
89
86
85
342
-
Muirfield 1892
7
78
77
80
80
315
-
St Andrews 1891
6
88
85
-
-
173
M/C
Prestwick 1890
4
90
80
-
-
170
M/C
Musselburgh 1889
1
78
77
-
-
155
M/C
St Andrews 1888
11
90
92
-
-
182
M/C
Prestwick 1887
1
82
79
-
-
161
M/C
Musselburgh 1886
4
84
77
-
-
161
M/C
St Andrews 1885
4
86
88
-
-
174
M/C
Prestwick 1884
4
86
83
-
-
169
M/C
Musselburgh 1883
8
77
88
-
-
165
M/C
St Andrews 1882
18
90
93
-
-
183
M/C
Prestwick 1881
5
66
57
58
-
181
-
Musselburgh 1880
16
92
90
-
-
182
M/C

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