Horace Rawlins

Horace Rawlins

Horace Rawlins
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1874-08-05)5 August 1874
Shanklin, England
Died 1940
Nationality  England
Status Professional
Professional wins 1
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open Won: 1895
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP

Horace Rawlins (5 August 1874 – 1940) was an English professional golfer who won the first U.S. Open Championship in 1895, so was the first winner of a "major" outside the UK.

Rawlins was born at Shanklin on the Isle of Wight, England, and was the club professional at the Mid-Herts Golf Club when it opened in 1893. After immigrating to the United States, Rawlins accepted a position as the assistant pro at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. When his club hosted the inaugural U.S. Open on 4 October 1895, he was one of 11 players to participate. Playing in just his third tournament, Rawlins shocked the more established Willie Dunn, winning the title by two strokes over 36 holes. The first U.S. Open was a one-day event played immediately after the three-day U.S. Amateur, which received much more attention at the time. Rawlins won $150 plus a $50 golf medal and the Open Championship Cup, which went to his club. Rawlins finished second at the U.S. Open in 1896.

Rawlins did not win any other major tournaments. He was involved in golf course design.

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 18 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1895 U.S. Open 2 shot deficit 91-82=173 2 strokes Willie Dunn

Results timeline

Note: Rawlins played in only the U.S. Open.
Tournament 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912
U.S. Open 1 2 T8 T19 T13 T30 T17 T16 12 14 T37 DNP T25 DNP 60 DNP DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

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