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1983 : Tommy Armour

1983 Memorial Tournament Honoree

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Supreme coordination of hand and eye, rhythmical smoothness of swing, and a marvelous competitive spirit combined to make Tommy Armour a golfing giant. Over a five-year period, Thomas Dickson Armour won 16 tournaments, including three major championships.  

In 1927 - his finest year - he won the U.S. Open at Oakmont. Three years later he defeated Gene Sarazen at Sarazen’s home course in the final of the PGA Championship.  Then, in 1931, at Carnoustie, Scotland, just 50 miles from his birthplace in Edinburgh, he won the British Open.  These three victories were the highlights of a sparkling career which also included success as an amateur, three Canadian Opens, and the 1928 Western Open, an event that was
generally considered a major at the time.

In his later days Tommy Armour became one of the most successful and renowned golf teachers ever.  His best selling book, How To Play Your Best Golf All The Time, further enhanced this reputation, as did the still classic golf clubs he helped design for the MacGregor Company.