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Historic putter sells for £70,000
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The putter has a key place in the history of the game
A golf club used to win one of the first ever Open championships has been sold in Edinburgh for £70,000.

The putter was used by Tom Morris the elder and younger, who between them won eight Open titles in the 19th Century.

It was bought on behalf of Jaime Ortiz-Patiño, a wealthy golf enthusiast and administrator who owns the Valderama course.

The Philp club will now go on display at the Valderama golf resort in southern Spain.

Auctioneer Paul Roberts said: "This club incorporates two of the biggest names in golf collecting, if not the biggest names in golf collecting.

Piece of history

"Tom Morris, who needs no introduction to anyone really, and Harry B Wood, the first person to put together a collection of golf memorabilia with the documentation and was a really serious historian of the game."

Old Tom Morris, who was born in St Andrews in 1821, won the Open championship four times - a feat matched by his son Young Tom Morris.

They remain the oldest and youngest winners in the history of the Open championship.

Old Tom won four Opens in the 1860s and was aged 46 when he won his final championship.

Young Tom was the first winner of the present-day Silver Claret Jug trophy after three previous wins, being only 17 when he won his first Open.

The club went under the hammer for £70,000 with £14,000 commission.


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