Tommy Armour


Tommy Armour (September 24, 1894 in Edinburgh, Scotland - September 12, 1968) was a Scottish-American professional golfer. He was nicknamed The Silver Scot.

During his service in the World War I he 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 US 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.

Armour retired from major competitions after 1935 and begun to teach at the Boca Raton Club in Florida, with $50 a lesson. His pupils included Babe Didrikson Zaharias and Lawson Little. He watched the pupil hit 20 balls, gave a sharp analysis and made him hit 20 more, with more analysis.