Born in St. Andrews, Scotland, John Fowler “Jock” Hutchison moved to Pittsburgh in 1905 and quickly was acknowledged as the best player in the area. He won five West Penn Opens from 1909-1915 at either Oakmont or Allegheny. His five wins are tied Perry DelVecchio and Roy Vucinich for most victories in the championship. He resided in the area for a decade and then moved to Chicago to become the golf professional at Glen View Club.
Hutchison remains the only player to win three consecutive West Penn Opens from 1913-1915.
Playing the early professional tour, he won 14 events including two major championships. He won the 1920 PGA Championship and the 1921 British Open. He finished runner-up in three U.S. Opens and in the top 10 in 15 major championships, and he won the Western Open, a premier title of his era, twice.
Hutchison joins Palmer as the only local players with multiple victories in golf’s professional major titles.
Also a fine senior player, Hutchison won two PGA Senior titles and finished in the top three 11 times. He held court at the Masters from 1963 to 1073 as the first Honorary Starters. He a popular and well-liked man dubbed “Jovial Jock” by the golf press.
Hutchison was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.