Sorry only kidding Sam hasn’t been appointed Captain of the R&A however there’s a wee bit of truth in the matter
Captain of the R&A
Owen Williams is profiling Kiwi actor Sam Neill who has been chosen to play the part of R&A captain Alexander Boothby in the movie Tommy’s Honour which according to Martin Dempster at The Scotsman is, “A film based on the life of golfing legend Old Tom Morris is to open the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival in June.”
Shot by Sean’s Connery’s son
Martin writes, “Shot entirely on location in Scotland, ‘Tommy’s Honour’ is based on the true story of Old Tom and his turbulent relationship with his son, Young Tom…The film was directed by Sean Connery’s son, Jason, who is delighted it will open this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival on 15 June.
“It’s so exciting,” said Connery. “I remember standing in the middle of a field in Fife during the shoot and saying to Peter and Jack, Tommy’s Honour might get into the Edinburgh International Film Festival, not in our wildest dreams did we think it would be the Opening Gala opening. That’s fantastic.”
Three of the best about Old Tom
Thanks to Golf Now here’s just some of the 10 Things You May Not Know About Old Tom Morris
Age is Just a Number – Old Tom competed in 36 consecutive Open Championships during his career, until he retired from the tournament at the ripe age of 74. He remains the oldest competitor in Open Championship history. As a further indication of his longevity, he also claimed his final Open Championship victory when he was 46-years-old, another record that has yet to be broken.
The Pete Dye of the 1800s – Unbeknownst to most, Old Tom was not only a highly successful golf professional. He was also a very productive golf course architect, designing or remodelling 75 courses, including popular tracks like Carnoustie Golf Links and Muirfield.
Lapping the Field – In addition to his feats of longevity, Old Tom currently holds yet another Open Championship record – the widest margin of victory, as he dominated the 1862 Open Championship, winning by 13 strokes. In fact, his victory margin remained the largest in major championship history until Tiger Woods captured the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 shots.
Link to Owen Williams Martin Dempster and to Golf Now
Quote of the Day
“Faith, sir, she looks like the Old Course.” – Old Tom Morris upon looking through a Nineteenth-century telescope at the Moon