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Willie Park Sr.


Inducted in 2005 (Posthumously)

One of the golf’s legends, Willie Park Sr. was a pioneering professional golfer in the game’s early days who won four major championships including the inaugural Open Championship in 1860.

A native of Wallyford, Scotland, Park was introduced to the game of golf as a caddie. One of the greatest golfers of the 19th century, Park won the Open Championship in 1860, 1863, 1866 and 1875. He is the only golfer to have been awarded the Challenge Belt and the Claret Jug for winning The Open Championship. Park died in 1903 at age 70.

For his work promoting the important role of caddies in the game of golf, Willie Park earned a place in the Caddie Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who support caddying.

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