|Full name||William Lawson Little, Jr.|
June 23, 1910|
Fort Adams, Newport, Rhode Island
|Died||February 1, 1968
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)|
|Spouse||Dorothy Hurd (m. 1936-1968)|
|Children||Linda, Sandra, Sonya, William Lawson III|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T3: 1939|
|U.S. Open||Won: 1940|
|The 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, and lived much of his early life in the San Francisco area, where his father was a senior military officer. Little was one of the most dominant amateur players in the history of the sport, capturing both the British Amateur and the U.S. Amateur, then regarded as major championships, consecutively in 1934 and 1935. He remains the only player to have won both titles in the same year more than once. Little's winning margin of 14 and 13 in the 1934 British final remains the record for dominance. Bob Dickson, Harold Hilton and Bobby Jones are the only other golfers to have won the two titles in the same year.
Little 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 was a student of golf instructor Ernest Jones.
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.
Professional major championship is shown in bold.
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1940||U.S. Open||1 shot deficit||−1 (72-69-73-73=287)||Playoff 1||Gene Sarazen|
1 Defeated Sarazen in an 18-hole playoff - Little 70 (−2), Sarazen 73 (+1).
|1934||U.S. Amateur||8 & 7||David Goldman|
|1934||British Amateur||14 & 13||James Wallace|
|1935||U.S. Amateur||4 & 2||Walter Emery|
|1935||British Amateur||1 up||William Tweddell|
|The Amateur Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||1||1|
|Masters Tournament||DNP||6 LA||T20||T19||T10||T3|
|U.S. Open||T25 LA||DNP||DNP||CUT||T38||T42|
|The Open Championship||DNP||T4 LA||DNP||DNP||DNP||CUT|
|The Open Championship||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||10||DNP||T32||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
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
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||1||2||2||4||3|