Some names in golf ring out like a pealing bell no matter how much dust has gathered on their shoulders: Old Tom Morris, the Keeper of the Green at St Andrews, who played in the first 36 Opens and won four of them; Young Tom, his gifted son, who won four Opens in succession (1868-1870, 1872, with the Open not played in 1871) before dying at age 24 of a broken heart, or so it is said; Harry Vardon, who invented the eponymous grip, James Braid and JH Taylor, the three men who were known as the Great Triumvirate, who won 16 of the 21 Opens between 1894 and 1914.
But have you heard of Willie Anderson? Probably not. Yet in the eyes of his peers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Anderson was as good as any of them. A Scot who had travelled to the U.S. as a teenager, he won four United States Opens (1901 and 1903-1905), the only golfer in history to win three consecutively. In fact, only six golfers since Anderson have won two in succession. Not only that, in the US Opens between 1897 and 1910 Anderson also finished second once, ...
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