1851 Birthday Of Tom Morris
Jr., Four-Time British Open Champion,Golf’s first true superstar, Young Tom Morris won the British Open four consecutive times between 1868 and 1872. A powerful ball-striker whose physical talents were vastly beyond his competition, Morris won his first Open Championship at age 17 at Prestwick. The following year, not only did Morris win again, but his father, who by this time was in his late 40s, finished second, seven strokes behind. Morris won his third title in a row in 1870, using a feathery ball to fire an Open scoring record that would hold for 38 years. After the 1871 event was canceled, Morris won again in 1872 before his health took a turn for the worse. In 1875, a few months after his wife and infant died in childbirth, Morris himself died at 24 years old.