Old Tom Morris set up to hit a shot in 1880
Thomas Mitchell Morrison (16 June 1821 - 24 May, 1908) was a Scottish professional golf pioneer. He influenced many popular golfers including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, and others.
Morris was born in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland on 16 June 1821. He was the son of a weaver. He started playing golf by the age of 10. He used wine bottle corks pierced with sharp nails as golf balls. He played around the streets of the town using a homemade golf club.
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The simple grave of Old Tom Morris, St Andrews Cathedral churchyard
Old Tom Morris (seated far left) on 11 October 1894 at the New Luffness Competition.
Tom Morris, Sr., photographed in the 1890s
An 1885 watercolor by Thomas Hodge depicting Old Tom Morris who had, on his 64th birthday, shot a score of 81 on the Old Course.
Old Tom Morris (third from right) at Leith Links in 1867. Many other famous golfers appear in the photo.