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Lawson Little
Personal information
Full name William Lawson Little, Jr.
Born June 23, 1910(1910-06-23)
Newport, Rhode Island
Died February 1, 1968 (aged 57)
Monterey, California
Nationality  United States
Career
College Stanford University
Turned professional 1936
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 8
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 8
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
The Masters T3: 1939
U.S. Open Won: 1940
Open Championship T4: 1935
PGA Championship T17: 1946, 1951
U.S. Amateur Won: 1934, 1935
British Amateur Won: 1934, 1935
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1980 (member page)
James E. Sullivan Award 1935

William Lawson Little, Jr. (June 23, 1910 – February 1, 1968) was an American professional golfer who also had a distinguished amateur career.

Little was born in Newport, Rhode Island. He was one of the most dominant amateur players in the history of the sport, winning both the British Amateur and the U.S. Amateur, then regarded as major championships, in both 1934 and 1935. Bob Dickson, Harold Hilton and Bobby Jones are the only other golfers to have held the two titles concurrently. He graduated from Stanford University in 1934 and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. He won the James E. Sullivan Award for outstanding amateur athlete in 1935.

Little turned professional in April 1936 and he won eight times on the PGA Tour including one professional major, the 1940 U.S. Open. This tally was considered somewhat disappointing; he was said to have lost interest in golf during World War II, when the major championships were cancelled, and to have focused his attention more on the stock market. He carried up to 26 clubs in his bag and this prompted the United States Golf Association to introduce the 14 club limit in 1938.

Little was a student of golf instructor Ernest Jones.

Little died in Monterey, California in 1968. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1980.

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Amateur wins (8)

PGA Tour wins (8)

Professional major championship is shown in bold.

Major championships

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Professional wins (1)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner-up
1940 U.S. Open 1 shot deficit -1 (72-69-73-73=287) Playoff 1 United States Gene Sarazen

1 Defeated Gene Sarazen in an 18-hole playoff - Little (70), Sarazen (73)

Amateur wins (4)

Year Championship Winning Score Runner-up
1934 U.S. Amateur 8 & 7 United States David Goldman
1934 British Amateur 14 & 13 Scotland J. Wallace
1935 U.S. Amateur 4 & 2 United States Walter Emery
1935 British Amateur 1 up England William Tweddell

Results timeline

Professional

Tournament 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament DNP 6 LA T20 T19 T10 T3
U.S. Open T25 DNP DNP CUT T38 T42
British Open DNP T4 LA DNP DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament T19 8 T7 NT NT NT T21 T14 T40 T23
U.S. Open 1 T17 NT NT NT NT T10 T31 CUT CUT
British Open NT NT NT NT NT NT 10 DNP T32 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP NT DNP DNP R32 DNP R64 R64
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957
Masters Tournament 9 6 WD WD T38 65 T72 T28
U.S. Open CUT CUT CUT T45 T35 CUT DNP DNP
British Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP R32 R64 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

Amateur

Tournament 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935
U.S. Amateur QF R16 DNQ R32 SF 1 1
British Amateur DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 1 1

LA = Low Amateur
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
DNQ = Did not qualify for match play portion of U.S. Amateur
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

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