NO5116 : Young Tom Morris, St Andrews

near to St Andrews, Fife, Great Britain

Young Tom Morris, St Andrews
Young Tom Morris, St Andrews
Grave memorial to young Tom Morris 20.04.1851 - Christmas 1875.

Young Tom Morris was one of golfing's superstars in age when the word was not known. At the age of 17 he won the 1868 Open and then went on to win it again in 69 and 70.

Having won it three years in a row he got to keep the trophy belt.

The 1871 Open was cancelled while the governing body worked out what to do, to make the event less susceptible to one man's dominance. Also the time was put to good use in funding and making a new trophy.

The governing body decided to alternate the venue between Ayr, Edinburgh and St Andrews. In 1872 Young Tom Morris won it again! Thus his is the first name on the new trophy, the Claret Jug.

He is the only man to win four consecutive Opens so far. He tragically died just three years later.
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