William Auchterlonie

Willie Auchterlonie

Auchterlonie, c.1897
Personal information
Full name William Auchterlonie
Nickname Willie
Born (1872-08-07)7 August 1872
St Andrews, Scotland
Died 27 February 1963(1963-02-27) (aged 90)
Kirkaldy, Scotland
Nationality  Scotland
Status Professional
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship Won: 1893
PGA Championship DNP

William "Willie" Auchterlonie (7 August 1872[1] – 27 February 1963[2][3][4][5]) was a Scottish professional golfer. He was a native of St Andrews. He won the 1893 Open Championship[6] at the age of 21 years and 25 days and he remains the second youngest Open Champion after Tom Morris, Jnr, but it was to prove to be his only Open. His brother, Laurie Auchterlonie, won the 1902 U.S. Open.

Auchterlonie was honorary professional to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews for nearly a quarter of a century. He had begun his working life as an apprentice to the club makers R. Forgan & Son[7] and he ran club making businesses for most of his adult life. There is still a golf shop called Auchterlonie's in St Andrews. He was involved in golf course design.

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1893 The Open Championship 1 shot lead 78-81-81-82=322 2 strokes Scotland Johnny Laidlay (a)

Results timeline

Tournament 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
The Open Championship T18 DNP DNP 8 DNP 1 T23 T31 T12 T18 CUT DNP
Tournament 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910
The Open Championship 5 T29 T38 T45 DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP T28

Note: Auchterlonie only played in The Open Championship.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10


  1. "Births in the United District of St Andrews and St Leonards in the County of Fife". Statutory Births 453/00 0129. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 16 February 2015. (subscription required (help)).
  2. "Deaths in the District of Kirkcaldy in the County of Fife". Statutory Deaths 442/00 0145. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 16 February 2015. (subscription required (help)).
  3. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=92145047&ref=acom
  4. http://www.familypursuit.com/genealogy/auchterlonie_william/william-penn-auchterlonie-b.1872-d.1963-1
  5. "Obituary - Willie Auchterlonie - The grand old man of golf". The Glasgow Herald. 28 February 1963. p. 7.
  6. "Prestwick — 1893". opengolf.com. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  7. "D & W Auchterlonie". golfclubsequipment.com. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
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