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Old Tom Morris - Golfer

Born in St Andrews on June 16, 1821, 'Old Tom' as he was known (to distinguish him from his son Tom jnr., another remarkable golfer who died aged 24) was apprenticed in the ball-making trade at the age of 18.

From the age of 30, until 1865, he worked at Prestwick, where all the earlychampion- ships were played. He won the Open Championship four times there, returning to St
Andrews, as greenkeeper to the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, after his second win and continued to work for the Royal & Ancient Golf Club until 1904.

Old Tom competed in every Open Golf Championship up to and including 1896 and was Open Champion in 1861, 1862,1864, and 1867. He still holds the British Open record for oldest champion.

The designer of many top golf courses in Scotland and further afield, he died in St Andrews in 1908. However, his original golf shop still operates from the same spot, overlooking the 18th fairway on the Old Course.


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