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Uncle Tommy, the Silver Scot

Golf has always had a place in my family. The biggest influence for me was my father who was a long-standing member of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield which is where I played my first game of golf.

Although it was my father who first introduced me to golf, the most historically important golfer in our family was my great uncle Tommy Armour, known as the Silver Scot. Uncle Tommy moved to America and turned professional in 1924 and in 1926, became a US citizen. He went on to win the US Open at Oakmont in 1927, added the US PGA title to his list of achievements in 1930 by beating Gene Sarazen and then took the British Open at Carnoustie in 1931.

Uncle Tommy was equally as famous for his seminal instruction book, 'How to Play Your Best Golf all of the Time'. He is also credited with coining the term ‘yips’, remarking, "once you've had 'em you've got 'em."

On rare occasions I play with a set of original Tommy Armour clubs given to my Father by Uncle Tommy. Bladed irons and persimmon woods, they are both difficult but rewarding to play with and also a great golfing heirloom.

The Armour tradition continues with Tommy Armour III still playing on the US PGA tour.