Young Tom Morris made history which will unlikely ever be broken on this day
By: Josh Morris – Young Tom Morris’s fourth consecutive victory was also his final, came in 1872 over common runner up Davie Strath, with Old Tom Morris finishing 4th. Because no trophy was available…there wasn’t a 1871 Open, it was just cancelled. But, despite having two years to prepare for the championship, the combined forces of Prestwick, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers and the R&A, had not got the new trophy (the claret jug) ready. Young Tom was presented only with a gold-plated medal and his name was engraved on the jug for the 1872 championship when the trophy was completed the following year.
Josh Morris is the Editor of Golf History Today. A proud USGA Volunteer and golf enthusiast. In his free time he enjoys being a weekend caddie as well as playing as much as he can.