Klein, c. 1950
|Full name||William L. Klein|
Long Island, New York
|Died||January 3, 1957 (aged 55)|
Mineola, New York
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||WD: 1935|
|PGA Championship||T9: 1927|
|U.S. Open||T9: 1926|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|Achievements and awards|
William L. Klein (1901 – January 3, 1957) was an American professional golfer. He won nine PGA Tour events during his career. He played in the 1923 PGA Championship, winning a first round match, and also played in the 1935 Masters Tournament.
In 2007, Klein was inducted into the Metropolitan PGA Section Hall of Fame.
Klein worked as the head pro at Wheatley Hills Golf Club in East Williston, New York, from 1926 to 1957. He also worked in the winter months at the La Gorce Country Club in Miami Beach, Florida, from 1927 to 1956. Klein also played on what later became the PGA Tour, winning nine events.
1923 PGA Championship
The 1923 PGA Championship was held September 24–29 at the Pelham Country Club in Pelham Manor, New York. Klein was in the starting field and opened up affairs in a first round match against Charles Rowe which he won by the score of 4 and 3. He lost his second round match to Alec Campbell by the identical score.
Death and legacy
PGA Tour wins (9)
- 1924 (1) one win
- 1925 (1) Miami Open
- 1926 (1) one win
- 1928 (1) New York State Open
- 1929 (1) Mid-South Open
- 1932 (1) Metropolitan PGA Championship
- 1936 (1) Miami Open
- missing two other wins, one 1916-29, one 1930-45
- "Hall of Fame: Willie Klein". met.pga.com.
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- "Golf Pro Passes". The Post-Register. Idaho Falls, Idaho. AP. January 4, 1957. p. 7.
- "Wheatley Hills Golf Club - History". Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- "Get Rep, Then Settle Down, Advice to Young Golf Pros". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. AP. January 6, 1941. p. 13. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
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- Brenner, Morgan G. (2009). The Majors of Golf: Complete Results of the Open, the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the Masters, 1860-2008. 1. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3360-5.