Tommy's Honor

Tommy's Honor

The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son

Book - 2007
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"Before Tiger and Phil, before Jack and Arnie, the two best golfers on earth were Old Tom and Young Tom Morris. But they were more than fierce rivals. They were father and son." "Supremely talented, utterly different. One was cautious, the other bold. One was a striver, the other a natural. And they had contrasting ideas about something that meant the world to both of them: honor. That difference would play a pivotal role on the tragic day in 1875 that would change their lives forever." "Tommy's Honor recounts how Old Tom - a caddie and gambler who went on to become a four-time Open champion and greenkeeper for the R&A, the most important institution in the game - grew up a stone's throw from the St. Andrews Links. Then a challenger arose: his son Young Tom, the Tiger Woods of his era, who at seventeen became the youngest player to win the Open Championship." "Tommy's Honor depicts a wild and woolly era when one Scottish town's champion challenged another while "golf fanatics" hooted, spat at the players, and kicked the golfers' balls into bunkers. This is the dawn of professional golf. But more than that, it is the story of golf's first heroes."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2007
Description: 327 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781592402977
Branch Call Number: 796.35209 Mor


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Apr 02, 2017

This a book for golfers only, preferably for those who have played in Scotland and is familiar with the courses mentioned.

Starts at about the start of golf when 18 holes was not the standard, and the class system was firmly entrenched.

A good telling of the first "Super Star" of golf, and what all the lower class (caddies) had to go thru, just how rich the upper class were, how poor everybody was.

looking forward to 14 April when the movie comes out...have seen pre- views, looks very real and shows how disgusting the upper class really were.

neko Dec 16, 2009

Scottish golf is the game we play and professional golfers have dominated this sport from the beginning. Before 1900 the gentlemen amateurs called them "Cracks." Old Tom Morris was one of the first. He worked as a caddie, club and ball maker, handicapper, and greens keeper. He called St. Andrews home. The Old Course, known round the world today, is Old Tom’s course. This is the story of the man who set the bar at St. Andrews.

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