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Encyclopedia > Willie Park, Snr

Willie Park Snr (b 1834 Musselburgh, Scotland, d 1903) was one of the pioneers of professional golf. Golfer teeing off at the start of a hole Golf is an outdoor game where individual players or teams play a small ball into a hole using various clubs. ...


Like some of the other early professional golfers, Park started out at a caddie. He later ran a golf equipment manufacturing business. On the course, he made his money from "Challenge matches" against rivals such as Old Tom Morris, Willie Dunn and Allan Robertson, which were the most popular form of spectator golf in his era. However, Park is mainly remembered as the winner of four Open Championships, including the inaugural event in 1860, when the field was just eight strong. His other victories came in 1863, 1866 and 1875. Park was the co-holder of the record for most wins in the tournament until James Braid picked up his fifth win in 1910. Tom Morris, Sr. ... Allan Robertson (1815 - 1859) was a golf player, considered one of the first professional golfers. ... The Champions Belt & The Claret Jug. ... James Braid ( February 6, 1870 - November 27, 1950) was a Scottish professional golfer, who was one of the Great Triumvirate of British golfers in the early 20th century alongside Harry Vardon and J.H. Taylor. ...


Park's brother Mungo Park and his son Willie Park Jnr both won The Open Championship. Mungo Park Title illustration of (1859) Mungo Park (September 20, 1771 – 1806) was a Scottish explorer of the African continent. ...


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However, Park is mainly remembered as the winner of four Open Championships, including the inaugural event in 1860, when the field was just eight strong.
Park was the co-holder of the record for most wins in the tournament until James Braid picked up his fifth win in 1910.
Park's brother Mungo Park and his son Willie Park, Jnr.
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