Francis Ouimet Biography

Golfer (1893–1967)
American golfer Francis Ouimet was the first American to be elected captain of the St. Andrews’ Golf Club. He made the sport popular in the U.S.


American golfer Francis Ouimet was born on May 8, 1893, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He started as a caddie and worked at a dry goods store. His limited reputation in the golf world changed in 1913 when he tied English professionals in the U.S. Open. He went on to win several more competitions, which popularized the sport in the U.S. and removed the upper-class stigma.

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