William Auchterlonie

William Auchterlonie

Willie Auchterlonie
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name William Penn Auchterlonie
Born (1872-08-07)7 August 1872
St Andrews, Scotland
Died 27 February 1963(1963-02-27) (aged 90)
Kirkaldy, Scotland[1]
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 Penn "Willie" Auchterlonie (7 August 1872 – 27 February 1963)[2] was a Scottish golfer. He was a native of the "Home of Golf" St. Andrews. He won the 1893 Open Championship,[3] at the age of 21 years and 24 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 a clubmaker and he ran clubmaking business for most of his adult life. There is still a golf shop called Aucterlonie's in St Andrews. He was involved in golf course design.

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1893 The Open Championship 1 shot lead 78-81-81-82=322 2 strokes 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

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. ^ "Obituary - Willie Auchterlonie - The grand old man of golf". The Glasgow Herald. 28 February 1963. p. 7. 
  2. ^ http://www.familypursuit.com/genealogy/auchterlonie_william/william-penn-auchterlonie-b.1872-d.1963-1
  3. ^ "Prestwick — 1893". opengolf.com. Retrieved 2010-07-17.