A Frenchman with a Scottish soul,
Born in 1877 in Biarritz, Arnaud Massy is still considered today the greatest French golfer in history.
Nevertheless the young Massy didn’t concentrate on golf immediately and climbed aboard a sardine fisher as an apprentice sailor. Then he became a caddy at the Biarritz golf club and liked and learnt the sport very quickly. At 16 years old, he won the caddy’s tournament and won a medal and a golden Louis coin that he admitted he always kept on his person.
After this victory, Sir Everad Hambro took the young Frenchman to Scotland to perfect his technique. In 1907, at Hoylake, he had the biggest achievement of his career in winning the prestigious British tournament in hellish conditions. The wind and rain made the course practically impossible. He was the first foreigner to win this trophy which meant he was also considered the world champion that same year. His sporting achievements continued until the First World War, when he was injured on the battlefield at Verdun. This slowed his career but Arnaud Massy still managed to win the French International Championship in 1925.
Arnaud Massy’s determination was so strong that he learned the sport as a left-handed player, his weak side, as the only abandoned golf club he could find in the shed