Old Tom Morris finished second in the 1860 Open Championship, golf’s first major, but went on to win four Opens before his son surpassed him. One of the premier players of the 1800s, Old Tom was even more important as the longtime Keeper of the Green at St. Andrews, where he pioneered many of the practices we take for granted today. He made the Old Course at St. Andrews the standard for every layout that followed, and gained further renown as the designer of courses including Muirfield, Prestwick, Royal County Down and the New Course at St. Andrews.
Tommy’s Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf’s Founding Father and Son
Kevin Cook’s superbly researched book of Old Tom, his star-crossed son and their contemporaries brings the characters to life by adding context and detail to historical record. Buy it
Tom Morris Sr.’s Major Championships
•1861 Open Championship: Tom Morris Wins His First Open Title
•1862 Open Championship: Morris Sets a Record Yet to be Beaten
•1864 Open Championship: Morris Wins His Third Open Title
•1867 Open Championship: Morris Wins His Fourth Open Title