As a player Morris was formidable. He won the Open Championship in 1862, 1864 and 1867 and still holds the record as the oldest winner of competition at the age of 46.
A record set by Morris in 1862, for the largest margin of victory in a major championship - 13 strokes, remained unbroken for 138 years until Tiger Woods won the US Open in 2000 by 15 strokes.
In addition to developing green keeping techniques still used today, and pioneering the strategic use of hazards, Morris designed almost 70 golf courses, some of them are considered among the best in the world and the majority of them are in Scotland.
Although he died aged 86 in 1908 his name remains synonymous with the game. Enthusiasts from around the world come to Scotland every year to play the courses he designed and pay homage to the man universally regarded as the founding father of golf.
If golf courses, clubs, tourism organisations and food & drink producers got together and created an event every June to celebrate Old Tom it could help attract more visitors to Scotland and increase sales of Scottish related products around the world. And, it’s a great excuse for another party!