Tom Morris of St Andrews: The Colossus of Golf 1821-1908

Tom Morris of St Andrews: The Colossus of Golf 1821-1908

by Malcom David, Crabtree Peter M


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Born in a humble weaver's cottage in 1821, he, more than anyone, before or since, in large measure made golf what it is today. The record of Tom and his prodigiously gifted son, Tommy, is astonishing. Between them they won eight of the first twelve Open Championships and are still respectively the oldest and youngest players to have won the Open. Tom relinquished his Open title to 18-yearold Tommy in 1868, taking second place that year - a family performance unlikely ever to be repeated. Tom's 13-stroke victory in 1862 remains the largest winning margin and Tommy's four Open Championship wins in succession are unequalled. These exploits are only half the story. Tom was the first golf professional, arguably the first to design and build a course (Prestwick) from scratch, and his development of the Old Course at St Andrews made it the most famous golfing arena in the world. His life was an extraordinary blend of triumph and tragedy, marked by the early death of his son Tommy aged only 24 years. Revered by his contemporaries, Tom Morris remains one of the most iconic figures in all sport and his legacy continues to inspire and guide the development of golf today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780270937
Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David Malcolm Was Born And Raised In St Andrews. He Was A Past Captain And Life Member Of The New Golf Club, St Andrews. A Life-Long Student Of Golf History, He Wrote Numerous Articles For Golfing Magazines, Periodicals And The National Press. He Died In 2011. Peter E. Crabtree, A Retired Yorkshire Businessman, Has Been A Life-Long Golfer And A Golf Historian For Over 30 Years. A Founder And Past Captain Of The British Golf Collectors Society, He Has For Many Years Collected Early Golfing Artefacts, Particularly Those Associated With St Andrews And Tom Morris.

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