To celebrate St Andrews Day, here is our rundown of the finest players made in the Home of Golf to walk the fairways. Do you agree?
From the founding fathers of our game to a number of European Tour and Ryder Cup legends, some rather special players have been made north of the border. Here’s our rundown of the best Scottish golfers of all time. Do you agree?
European Tour wins: 10
Other wins: 12
Though he never made his mark in the majors, his tour and Ryder Cup record speaks for itself and, in 1995, Gallacher was just the second person to captain an away team to glory on American soil.
Majors: 1 (The Open 1999)
European Tour wins: 7
Other wins: 7
Scotland’s most recent major champion when he won the play-off at Carnoustie – the year of the famous Jean van de Velde collapse – Lawrie picked up five European Tour titles around the turn of the century and had another purple patch with three titles in 18 months in 2011 and 2012.
Majors: 1 (The Open 1920)
Other wins (that are known): 22
Duncan had six Open top 10s by the time he finally got over the line in 1920 – the first Open following World War I.
It is also considered one of the greatest comebacks of all time, having shot 80-80 in the first two rounds to trail by 13. He then shot 71-72 to win by two.
Two years later, Duncan became just the third person to break 70 in the Open.
He went on to represent Great Britain in the first three Ryder Cups, including 1929 when he was the victorious playing captain.
Willie Park Jr
Majors: 2 (The Open 1887, 1889)
Though he never quite managed to catch up with his dad’s four Open titles, two wins in the late 1880’s have secured Park Jr’s place in golf history.
European Tour wins: 21
Other wins: 23
Another Scot who made his name in the Ryder Cup, Torrance played in eight straight matches from 1981 to 1995 and was the winning captain in 2002. If that’s not enough, in 1985 Torrance sank the winning putt which denied the Americans the title for the first time in 28 years, and in 1987 he was part of the away team that won on American soil for the first time.
Majors: 1 (Women’s British Open 2009)
LPGA Tour wins: 3
LET wins: 5
Matthew’s career-defining moment came just three weeks shy of her 40th birthday when she clinched the Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham. Matthew also played in nine Solheim Cups, accruing 22 points – just three shy of Laura Davies’ all-time record. The Scot captained Europe to a famous victory in 2019 and will lead the team again in 2021.
Majors: 3 (The Open 1877,1878,1879)
Majors: 3 (The Open 1880, 1881, 1882)
The six Opens between 1877 and 1882 were won by just two players. Anderson and Ferguson also had 13 other top 10s between them in golf’s original major.
Young Tom Morris – more on him later – and Peter Thomson are the only other players to have won the Open three times in a row.
Willie Park Sr
Majors: 4 (The Open 1860, 1863, 1866, 1875)
East Lothian-born Park not only won the inaugural Open Championship at Prestwick in 1860, he added three more.
Majors: 4 (US Open 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905)
Berwick-born Anderson’s feat of three US Open victories in a row is yet to be matched, while only Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus have equalled his record of four titles in America’s national championship.
If players of this quality haven’t made the top five in our list of best Scottish golfers of all time, then who has? Turn the page to find out…