As golf continues to recognize its earliest supporters and practitioners, we've found our way to Jock Hutchison. A Scottish-American golfer in the early part of the 20th century, Hutchison won 14 PGA Tour events, including two majors (the 1920 PGA Championship and the 1921 Open Championship). Hutchison was the first U.S.-based player to win the British Open; Walter Hagen, who won it the following year, was the first U.S.-born player.
And even as he grew older, Hutchison stayed sharp, winning the first-ever Senior PGA Championship in 1937. He'd win it again in 1947, and he'd continue to play in majors through 1963. In 1951, he lost the Senior PGA in a playoff despite nearly shooting his age. (He was 68, and he carded a 69.)
Hutchison held down the honorary starter role at the Masters for 11 years, from 1963 to 1973, often playing several holes more than just that opening shot. He died in 1977 at the age of 93.
- Jock Hutchison