Who's who in golf - Tommy Armour

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Name: - Tommy Armour
Country: - Scotland
Lived : - [1895-1968]. Born Sept 24, 1894 in Edinburgh; died on Sept 11, 1968 in Larchmont, New York.
Original Home/Club: - Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation: - Professional golfer; golf instructor; golf writer.
Turned Pro: - 1924

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (3): US Open (1927); US PGA (1930); The Open (1931). US PGA Tour wins (25). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1976).

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Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1895, Armour fought with great distinction in the First World War, where he rose from the rank of Private to Staff Major in the British Army's Tank Corps. He emigrated to the USA in the early 1920s and took American citizenship.

During his professional career Armour won three major championships, the US Open (1927), US PGA Championship (1930) and Open Championship (1931); the Masters Tournament was not launched until 1934 when Armour was aged almost 40.

Known as the 'Silver Scot' he is credited with having stated that 'golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result.' To unravel the mysteries of the contortions, Armour and Herb Graffis co-wrote one of the best-selling instruction books about golf, 'How to Play Your Best Golf All the Time.' Armour's grandson Tommy Armour III also became a professional golfer, recording two wins on the PGA Tour.

Armour retired from full-time professional golf in 1935 and continued his golf professional duties at Boca Raton Club in Florida, charging $50 a lesson. He spent many of his summers in suburban New York City, where he was a member of Winged Foot Golf Club. His name lives on in the golf equipment possessed by many discerning golfers worldwide, not least in the still very highly-rated Tommy Armour "Silver Scot" irons.

Top tournaments won by Tommy Armour

1934Men AmericaCanadian OpenLakeview GC, Ont.287 (-1)$500
Played as the Canadian Open. Second-placed Ky Laffoon (USA) finished 2 shots behind three-time Canadian Open winner Tommy Armour (Scot/USA). [Lakeview GC, Mississauga, Ont].
1931Men MajorsThe OpenCarnoustie296£100
The Open Championship (66th) (June 3-5). Second-placed José Jurado (Arg) finished 1 shot behind Armour (USA). [Championship Course, Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus].
1930Men AmericaCanadian OpenHamilton G&CC, Ont.273 (-7)$500
Played as the Canadian Open. Armour (Scot/USA) beat defending champion Leo Diegel (USA) in a playoff. [Hamilton G&CC, Ancaster, Ontario].
1930Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipFresh Meadow1-upx
The US PGA Championship (13th) (Sept 8-13). Armour (USA) beat Gene Sarazen (USA) 1-up in the 36-hole final. [Fresh Meadow CC, Lake Success, NY].
1929Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Ozaukee CC273 (-7)x
Played as the Western Open. Second-placed Horton Smith (USA) finished 8 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Armour (Scot/USA). [Ozaukee CC, Mequon, nr Milwaukee, WI].
1927Men AmericaCanadian OpenToronto GC288 (E)$400
Played as the Canadian Open. Second-placed and defending champion MacDonald "Mac" Smith (Scot/USA) finished 1 shot behind Armour (Scot/USA). [Toronto GC, Mississauga, Ont.].
1927Men MajorsUS OpenOakmont CC, PA301 (+13)$500
The US Open (31st) (June 14-17). Armour (USA) beat Harry Cooper (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Armour 76 (+4), Cooper 79 (+7). [Oakmont CC, nr Pittsburgh, PA].


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