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1905 Willie Anderson wins the US Open for the third consecutive year and a fourth time overall, having also won in 1901, 1903 and 1904. Both achievements remain records to this day, with no other golfer having won three US Opens in a row and only three others - Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus - having equalled his total of four.
Born in North Berwick Scotland, Anderson emigrated to the US in 1896 with his father and brother at the age of 17, and the following year finished second in the US Open by just one stroke. As well as being a fine competitor he was a full time working golf professional at ten different clubs during his 14 years in the USA. During those 14 years he contested every US Open from 1897 to 1910, and never finished worse than 15th, with four wins, one second, one third, two fourths, three fifths, two 11ths and a 15th. He died tragically young in 1910 at just 31, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1975.

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