The 36th Open | 1896 Muirfield

The Grand Old Man of Golf plays his last Open

Thirty-six years on from his appearance in the very first Open, four-time Champion Golfer Old Tom Morris featured in the Championship for the final time in 1896.

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A titan of the game whose prowess on the links contributed to The Open's formation, Morris fittingly hit the opening shot of the inaugural Championship at Prestwick, where he was the keeper of the greens.

Although Willie Park Snr triumphed on that occasion, Morris went on to enjoy great success in The Open, his four wins highlighted by a record-breaking 13-shot triumph in 1862 that remains unmatched.

Although Old Tom's final Open victory came in 1867, he made a further 26 appearances in the Championship, finally bowing out in 1896 less than a week before his 75th birthday.

At 74 years and 360 days, he remains the oldest known participant in The Open. Interestingly, his last appearance coincided with a maiden victory for Harry Vardon, the Championship's most prolific winner.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Morris' birth in 2021, published a long read on Old Tom's life and legacy, detailing the immense contribution of the 'Grand Old Man of Golf'.