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Willie Fernie (golfer)


Willie Fernie (golfer)

Willie Fernie
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name William Fernie
Born 1857
Died 1924
Nationality  Scotland
Status Professional
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship Won: 1883

William Fernie (1857–1924) was a Scottish golfer from the "Home of Golf", St Andrews. He won the 1883 Open Championship at Musselburgh Links.[1] The tournament was scheduled to last four rounds of the nine hole course on a Friday in November. Fernie tied with defending champion Bob Ferguson, with both men shooting 158. The following day Fernie won a playoff by a single stroke.

Fernie was runner-up in the Open Championship in 1882, 1884, 1890 and 1891. When George Strath left Royal Troon in 1887, Fernie took over as club professional and served for 37 years. As a golf course designer he made alterations to the Old Course at St Andrews and Royal Troon, and designed Turnberry's Ailsa and Isle of Arran courses. He also designed the Southerndown Golf Club course in southern Wales in 1905.[2] Fernie also designed The Dumfries and County Golf Club in 1912

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1883 The Open Championship (75-83=158) Playoff1 Scotland Bob Ferguson

1In a 36-hole playoff, Fernie defeated Ferguson by 1 stroke.

Results timeline

Tournament 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1879
The Open Championship T9 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T8
Tournament 1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889
The Open Championship DNP 8 2 1 T2 T4 T8 T7 14 6
Tournament 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
The Open Championship T2 T2 8 T23 T5 T6 T3 T22 7 T5
Tournament 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906
The Open Championship CUT CUT T12 T24 CUT T31 CUT

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


External links

  • report on the 1883 Open Championship
  • Shiskine Golf and Tennis Club History, including notes on Willie Fernie
  • Royal Troon, Club professionals, note on Willie Fernie
  • Antique Golf Clubs from Scotland, makers
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