In the tradition of Seabiscuit, the riveting tale of twoproud Scotsmen who beat all comers to become the heroesof a golden age?the dawn of professional golf 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 ...
In the tradition of Seabiscuit, the riveting tale of twoproud Scotsmen who beat all comers to become the heroesof a golden age?the dawn of professional golf 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 Played," "Tommy'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.
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If you love golf, you will really get into this book. I have read it once and plan to reread it. The story of Old Tom Morris is that of the beginnings of golf as a profession. It also goes into the history of the start of the British Open . He began many of the methods that are still employed by greenskeepers (course superintendents) today. His son, Young Tom, was the first true professional golfer in that he played for a living. Unfortunately, it is a sad story in that Old Tom outlives everyone in his family and Young Tom dies in his early 20's. Even though it dragged somewhat in the middle, I found the book fascinating.
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