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Tommy Armour
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Personal information
Full name Thomas Dickson Armour
Born September 24, 1894(1894-09-24)[1]
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died September 11, 1968 (aged 73)
Larchmont, New York
Nationality  Scotland
 United States
Career
College Fettes College
Edinburgh University
Turned professional 1924
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 26
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 25
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 3)
The Masters T8: 1937
U.S. Open Won: 1927
Open Championship Won: 1931
PGA Championship Won 1930
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1976 (member page)

Thomas Dickson Armour (September 24, 1894[1] – September 11, 1968) was a Scottish-American professional golfer. He was nicknamed The Silver Scot.

Armour was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and educated at Fettes College and Edinburgh University.

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 British Open. 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.

Armour died in Larchmont, New York, and was cremated at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York, but is not interred there. Some modern golf equipment is still marketed in his name.

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.

Contents

PGA Tour wins (25)

Major championships are shown in bold.

Other wins

Major championships

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Wins (3)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner-up
1927 U.S. Open 1 shot deficit +13 (78-71-76-76=301) Playoff 1 United States Harry Cooper
1930 PGA Championship n/a 1 up United States Gene Sarazen
1931 The Open Championship 5 shot deficit (73-75-77-71=296) 1 stroke Argentina José Jurado

1 Defeated Harry Cooper in an 18-hole playoff: Armour (76), Cooper (79)
Note: The PGA Championship was match play until 1958

Results timeline

Tournament 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
The Masters NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF
U.S. Open T48 DNP DNP WD T13 T38 T9 1 16 T5
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 13 DNP CUT 10
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP QF DNP QF R32 DNP
Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
The Masters NYF NYF NYF NYF DNP T37 T20 T8 DNP T12
U.S. Open 6 T46 T21 T4 T50 WD T22 CUT 23 T22
The Open Championship DNP 1 T15 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship 1 QF DNP DNP R16 F R64 R64 DNP DNP
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950
The Masters 38 38 T29 NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T12 CUT NT NT NT NT CUT CUT WD DNP CUT
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP NT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF, F = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Some sources indicate Armour was born in 1895

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