Tommy’s Honour: The Extraordinary Story of Golf’s Founding Father and Son by Kevin Cook

Published by HarperSport, 2007, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.

Condition: Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

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From the cover: Throughout golfs long history few players are more famous than Tom Morris, the games premier tactician in the 1860s, and a bold young star who dared to challenge him his son, Tom Morris Jnr. In golf lore they are Old Tom and Young Tom, both supremely talented, yet utterly different.

One was cautious, the other brash. One was a striver, the other a natural. And they had contrasting ideas about something that meant the world to both of them: honour. In the end that difference would play a pivotal role on a day that would change their lives forever.

Tommys Honour reveals how Old Tom grew up a stones throw from St Andrews, a caddie and gambler who went on to become a four-time Open champion and green keeper for the R&A, the most important institution in the game. Then there was Young Tom, even more talented than his father, the Tiger Woods of his era, who at 17 became the youngest player to win the Open.

In bringing golfs founding father and son back to life, Tommys Honour depicts their game and their times, the joys and the hardships, the unparalleled success amid growing rivalry, and the tragic end that led to irreconcilable heartbreak.

But the essence of the book is a father-son story. Its for every son who ever competed with his father, and every father who has guided a son towards manhood, then found it hard to let go.

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