Willie Anderson

(B.1879 - D.1910)
Golf
Inducted in 2012

William Law Anderson was born in North Berwick in 1879, but emigrated to the United States in 1896, aged 16, with his father and brothers, and went on to experience unrivaled golfing success.

His initial interest in the sport developed through being brought up on the links of North Berwick and a year after emigrating to the America he played in the third US Open and finished in second place, one stroke off the winner Joe Lloyd.

Anderson went on to experience great success by becoming the first golfer to win four US opens (1901, 1903, 1904 and 1905) and is still the only man to win three consecutive titles. His strong, flat, full-sweeping action known as the ‘St Andrew’s swing’ netted him his first significant win in 1899 at the Southern California Open prior to his run of majors.

From 1897 to 1910, Anderson won The Open four times, finished second once, third once, fourth twice and fifth three times. He also won the Western Open four times, which at the time was considered a major championship. He also worked as a golf professional at 10 different clubs in 14 years, teaching and inspiring many amateurs.

Sadly he died aged 31. Alex Smith, a Scotsman who finished second to Anderson in two US Opens, believed that “most likely, had he lived longer, Willie would have set a record for Open championships that would never be beaten”. Willie was an original member of the PGA Hall of Fame and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1975.

William Law Anderson was born in North Berwick in 1879, but emigrated to the United States in 1896, aged 16, with his father and brothers, and went on to experience unrivaled golfing success.

His initial interest in the sport developed through being brought up on the links of North Berwick and a year after emigrating to the America he played in the third US Open and finished in second place, one stroke off the winner Joe Lloyd.

Anderson went on to experience great success by becoming the first golfer to win four US opens (1901, 1903, 1904 and 1905) and is still the only man to win three consecutive titles. His strong, flat, full-sweeping action known as the ‘St Andrew’s swing’ netted him his first significant win in 1899 at the Southern California Open prior to his run of majors.

From 1897 to 1910, Anderson won The Open four times, finished second once, third once, fourth twice and fifth three times. He also won the Western Open four times, which at the time was considered a major championship. He also worked as a golf professional at 10 different clubs in 14 years, teaching and inspiring many amateurs.

Sadly he died aged 31. Alex Smith, a Scotsman who finished second to Anderson in two US Opens, believed that “most likely, had he lived longer, Willie would have set a record for Open championships that would never be beaten”. Willie was an original member of the PGA Hall of Fame and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1975.

Willie Anderson