Tommy ARMOUR


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.















ACHIEVEMENTS


       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


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