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Eddie Williams

Inducted 1998

 

Biography

Eddie, a native Elginite, won 3 straight PGA Seniors' championships, a record that stood until Hale Erwin tied it in 1998. A professional golfer from 1920 through 1950, Williams earned recognition from the PGA as "One of the Pioneers" of the Professional Golfers Association of America. He grew up caddying and playing at Elgin Country Club, where he won the club championship as a 17-year old in 1907. He is one of only four men to play in the PGA Seniors' Championship 21 or more times. He won in 1942, 1945, and 1946 (the tournament was not held in 1943 and 1944 because of World War II). Williams also finished 2nd once, finished in the top 5 six times, and in the top 10 eight times. He shared the lead in the 1931 U.S. Open after one round and was one shot out of the lead after two rounds before finishing tied for 26th after faltering during a 36-hole final day.