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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Youngest Golf Champ Gets Older

Tom Morris holds the record for youngest major champion in the history of golf, having won his first British Open in 1868 at the age of 17. But he was not quite as young as once thought.

For years, it was thought Young Tom had been born in St. Andrews on May 10, 1851.

"Up until somebody went looking for it, everybody had only found his baptismal certificate, not his actual birth certificate," said Peter Lewis, who manages the British Golf Museum at St. Andrews.

A friend writing a book on the Morris family located Young Tom's birth certificate at the New Register House in Edinburgh, Scotland. The actual date of birth is April 20, 1851. [Link]

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