Young Tom Morris was just 17 when he won the 1868 British Open, making him the event’s youngest winner. He went on to win the next two Opens, and his three-in-a-row feat inspired the Royal and Ancient to award him permanent possession of the Championship Belt. Young Tom won the Open again in 1872. Three years later, his wife and son passed during childbirth; three months after that, Young Tom died at the age of 24.
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 Jr.’s Major Championships
•1868 Open Championship: Tommy Morris Wins His First Open
•1869 Open Championship: Tommy Morris Defends His Open Title
•1870 Open Championship: Tommy Morris Wins the Belt Outright
•1872 Open Championship: Tommy Morris Wins The Open For the Fourth Time