Over 58 million people play golf worldwide. The game has generated more economic activity and employment than any other sport and is a byword for good conduct, honesty and integrity. This book is about how one man, Tom Morris of St Andrews, presided over the greatest period in the development of golf. The authors relate how he, more than anyone before or since in any game, stamped his individual character upon his sport and how, in large measure, he made golf what it is today. Tom Morris was born the son of a humble weaver, but by his death in 1908 he had become a figure of international renown, the friend of dukes and earls, prime ministers, judges and felons, golfers of every calibre and caddies of every kind. The authors chart Tom Morris's journey from obscurity to national celebrity and give a new insight in to his career in golf and his influence upon it, from feather ballmaker with Allan Robertson to his very reluctant retirement as 'Custodian of the Links' of St Andrews more than 60 years later. It is a remarkable and very human story, blessed with great triumphs, but blighted by even greater tragedies. While the book catalogues his golfing achievements it also looks beyond his playing and course-building. It looks at his family, chronicling the life of a family man who outlived his wife, all of his children, his daughter-in-law and son-in-law, but who bore the cruel blows of fate with fortitude. Crabtree and Malcolm investigage the people, the places and the events in Tom Morris's life that shaped his character, a character that he transferred to the game of golf. This is Tom Morris as he was, his virtues and strengths as well as weaknesses, hopefully laying to rest some of the myths perpetuated and embellished over the years. Malcolm & Crabtree have brought Tom Morris to life.
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