Tom Morris Jr’s Open Championship Medal

On display in: Golf: 1860-1885

Date: 1872

Acquisition: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club was offered the medal in May 1939 and a subscription fund was opened to meet the £60 cost. It was acquired in September 1940.

Young Tom outshone his famous father by winning The Open Championship for the third consecutive time in 1870. This earned him outright ownership of the original prize, a red belt of Moroccan leather. With no trophy to play for, the Championship came to an end, but was revived in 1872. The winner was once again Young Tom. He was presented with this gold medal, a tradition that continues to this day. It was not until 1873 that the Claret Jug was presented to the winner and the rules changed so that it could not be won outright.