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Alexander Ross (15 September 1879[1] – 25 June 1952), generally known as Alec Ross and sometimes as Alex or Aleck, was a Scottish professional golfer. He was a native of Dornoch[1] and learned his golf in his home country, but like many British professional golfers of his era he spent many years working as a club professional in the United States. While employed by the Brae Burn Country Club, near Boston, he won the 1907 U.S. Open at the St. Martin's course at Philadelphia Cricket Club. He competed in the U.S. Open seventeen times in total, and finished in the top-10 five times. His other tournament wins include the North and South Open six times (1902, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1915), the Massachusetts Open six times (1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912) and the Swiss Open three times (1923, 1925, 1926).

Alec Ross
Personal information
Full nameAlexander Ross
Born(1879-09-15)15 September 1879
Dornoch, Scotland
Died25 June 1952(1952-06-25) (aged 72)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Nationality Scotland
Professional wins16
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenWon: 1907
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Ross's older brother Donald also moved to the U.S. and was one of the most celebrated of all golf course designers. Alec was the professional at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Michigan for 31 years. He died in Miami, Florida.[2]


Professional winsEdit

Major championshipsEdit

(From left to right): Isaac Mackie, Jack Hobens, Alec Ross, and George Thomson at the 1904 U.S. Open

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1907 U.S. Open 2 shot deficit 76-74-76-76=302 2 strokes   Gilbert Nicholls

Results timelineEdit

Note: Ross played only in the U.S. Open.

Tournament 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
U.S. Open 10[3] T9 T15 T13 6 1 T23 37
Tournament 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
U.S. Open 22 T9 CUT T36 T22 DNP DNP NT NT T16
Tournament 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926

NT = No tournament
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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Births in the District of Dornoch in the County of Sutherland". Statutory Births 047/00 0047. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  2. ^ Alexander Ross obituary, The New York Times, 26 June 1952
  3. ^ "Open Golf Champion". The Saint Paul Globe. Minnesota. 12 October 1902. Retrieved 26 August 2015.

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