9th U.S. Open | June 26-29, 1903
Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.
|x-Willie Anderson, Scotland||73||-||76||-||76||-||82||—||307|
|David Brown, Scotland||79||-||77||-||75||-||76||—||307|
|Stewart Gardner, Scotland||77||-||77||-||82||-||79||—||315|
|Alex Smith, Scotland||77||-||77||-||81||-||81||—||316|
|Donald Ross, Scotland||79||-||79||-||78||-||82||—||318|
|x - Won playoff|
When it comes to naming four-time U.S. Open winners, three of them come to mind rather easily: amateur Bobby Jones (1923, ’26, ’29, ’30), and professionals Ben Hogan (1948, ’50, ’51, ’53) and Jack Nicklaus (1962, ’67, ’72, ’80). The fourth is Willie Anderson, a burly Scot who won in 1901 and is the only man to win three consecutive U.S. Opens (1903-05).
Born in North Berwick and growing up in East Lothian, Anderson was regarded not only as a talented golfer, but a fine club-maker. At 16, he immigrated to the United States to become the head professional at Misquamicut Golf Club in Rhode Island. That is when started playing — and winning — tournaments.
Known for his deadly accuracy, he also won four Western Open titles to go along with the U.S. Opens. Once the professional at Baltusrol as well, Anderson lost a big lead in the final round Saturday to fall into a tie with David Brown. The playoff was held Monday — again, Sunday was reserved for member play — in a heavy rainstorm. The match was tied before Brown hit a tee shot out of bounds on the 15th hole to lose. Anderson shot 82; Brown 84. An interesting sidenote to this tournament was Hall of Fame baseball player John Montgomery Ward entered the U.S. Open as an amateur, placing 56th.