Date of Birth - 24 September 1894
Died - 11 September 1968
Place of Birth - Edinburgh
Turned Pro - 30
Thomas Dickson Armour was a Scottish-American professional golfer. He
was nicknamed The Silver Scot.
During his service in World War I, Armour rose from a private to Staff Major
in the Tank Corps. His conduct earned him an audience with George V.
However, he lost his sight to a mustard gas explosion and surgeons had to
add a metal plate to his head and left arm. During his convalescence,
he regained the sight of his right eye and took to golfing.
Armour won the French Amateur tournament in 1920. He moved to the
United States and met Walter Hagen, who gave him a job as secretary of
the Westchester-Biltmore Club. He became a U.S. citizen at this time. In
1924 Armour became a professional golfer.
Armour won the 1927 U.S. Open, 1930 PGA Championship, and the 1931
Open Championship. His 1930 campaign was overshadowed by Bobby
Jones' Grand Slam, and Armour seems to have been overlooked.
At the Shawnee Open in 1927, Armour shot the first ever "Archaeopteryx"
(15 or more over par) when he shot a 23 on a par 5, for 18-over par. This
still stands as the highest score on one hole in PGA history. This historic
performance happened just one week after winning the U.S. Open.
Armour retired from professional golf after the 1935 season and taught at
the Boca Raton Club in Florida, for $50 a lesson. His pupils included Babe
Didrikson Zaharias and Lawson Little.
During World War II, Armour played in exhibitions for USO and Red Cross.
Armour cowrote a book How to Play Your Best Golf All the Time (1953)
with Herb Graffis. It became a best seller and for many years was the
biggest-selling book ever authored on golf. A series of 8mm films based
on the book were released by Castle Films including Short Game parts I
and II, Long Hitting Clubs, Grip and Stance.
Armour died in Larchmont, New York, and was cremated at the Ferncliff
Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.
Armour is succeeded by his grandson, Tommy Armour III, who is a two
-time winner on the PGA Tour and currently holds the record for the
lowest total score on 72 holes (254), which he set in his second PGA Tour
victory at the Valero Texas Open.
Armour was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1976.
1920 Pinehurst Fall Pro-Am Bestball (as an amateur, with Leo Diegel)
1925 Florida West Coast Open
1926 Winter Pro Golf Championship
1927 Long Beach Open
1927 El Paso Open
1927 U.S. Open
1927 Canadian Open
1927 Oregon Open
1927 Miami International Four-Ball (with Bobby Cruickshank)
1928 Metropolitan Open
1928 Philadelphia Open Championship
1928 Pennsylvania Open Championship
1928 Sacramento Open
1929 Western Open
1930 Canadian Open
1930 PGA Championship
1930 St. Louis Open
1931 The Open Championship
1932 Miami International Four-Ball (with Ed Dudley)
1932 Mid-South Bestball (with Al Watrous)
1932 Miami Open
1934 Canadian Open
1934 Pinehurst Fall Pro-Pro (with Bobby Cruickshank)
1935 Miami Open
1936 Walter Olson Golf Tournament (tie with Willie Macfarlane)
1938 Mid-South Open
‘A Round of Golf with Tommy Armour’ Book