Tommy's Honor

Tommy's Honor

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

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Penguin Putnam
In the tradition of Seabiscuit, the riveting tale of two proud Scotsmen who beat all comers to become the heroes of a golden age—the dawn of professional golf. This essential golf history is now a major motion picture.

Bringing to life golf’s founding father and son, Tommy’s Honor is a stirring tribute to two legendary players and a vivid evocation of their colorful, rip-roaring times.

The Morrises were towering figures in their day. Old Tom, born in 1821, began life as a nobody—he was the son of a weaver and a maid. But he was born in St. Andrews, Scotland, the cradle of golf, and the game was in his blood. He became the Champion Golfer of Scotland, a national hero who won tournaments (and huge bets) while his young son looked on. As "Keeper of the Green" at the town’s ancient links, Tom deployed golf’s first lawnmower and banished sheep from the fairways.

Then Young Tommy’s career took off. Handsome Tommy Morris, the Tiger Woods of the nineteenth century, was a more daring player than his father. Soon he surpassed Old Tom and dominated the game. But just as he reached his peak—with spectators flocking to see him play—Tommy’s life took a tragic turn, leading to his death at the age of twenty-four. That shock is at the heart of Tommy’s Honor. It left Tom to pick up the pieces—to honor his son by keeping Tommy’s memory alive.

Like the New York Times bestseller The Greatest Game Ever PlayedTommy’s Honor is both fascinating history and a moving personal saga. Golfers will love it, but this book isn’t only for golfers. It’s for every son who has fought to escape a father’s shadow and for every father who had guided a son toward manhood, then found it hard to let him go.

Baker & Taylor
A tribute to the professional achievements of the father-and-son team of Tom and Tom Morris cites their pivotal contributions to the founding of golf in the 1800s, the differences in their athletic styles, and young Tom's tragic early death.

Publisher: New York : Gotham Books
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781101216866
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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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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