Armour mojo at work in Open?

Mike Koreen

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

ANCASTER -- Like grandfather, like grandson? One round does not a tournament make, but struggling PGA Tour veteran Tommy Armour III, the grandson of the Silver Scot, Tommy Armour, has put himself in position to match his grandfather\'s feat from 1930.

The previous time the Canadian Open was played at Hamilton Golf and Country Club 73 years ago, Armour walked away with the tournament title. Armour III shot two-under-par 68 in the first round yesterday, putting him two strokes behind leader Hidemichi Tanaka.

\"(Maybe) there\'s Armour mojo here, I don\'t know,\" Armour, III, ranked 179th on the PGA Tour money list, said after being pressed about his connection with his grandfather.

Truth be told, Armour III, 43, never had much to do with the Silver Scot, a former winner of the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship. Armour died when Armour III was nine years old.

Armour III, who grew up in Las Vegas, met his grandfather, a former New York resident, just a few times. Armour\'s Canadian Open trophy, Armour III said, is at a relative\'s home.

\"That (1930) was a long time ago,\" Armour III said. \"Here I am, 73 years later.\"

Still, Armour doesn\'t mind the comparisons with his grandfather, even though his resume is not nearly as impressive. Armour has won one PGA tournament -- the 1990 Phoenix Open.

WAY IT IS

\"That\'s the way it is,\" Armour III, who used to use Tommy Armour clubs but has switched brands, said. \"I can\'t do anything about it. Of course, I enjoy (the questions about Armour). It never has been (a burden), it never will be.\"

Because he had limited time with his grandfather, Armour has picked other role models, including his father, Tommy II who died in March. Tommy II, a former surgeon, didn\'t play golf at a high level, but he helped introduce his son to the sport.

\"You really have to live and be around somebody a lot (for them) to be a role model,\" said Armour III, whose caddie is Canadian Steve Duplantis. \"I didn\'t really do that. I\'ve heard basically the folklore of Tommy Armour, so I really can\'t say he was a role model. Obviously, his name is etched in golf history. But as far as a role model, I have other role models.\"

There could be another Tommy Armour on the PGA Tour in time. Tommy IV, the 13-year-old son of Tommy III wants to be a professional golfer. Tommy III said his son \"has a good swing\" and enjoys the game. Dad wouldn\'t mind if young Tommy follows in his and his great grandfather\'s footsteps.

\"It (golf) has been great to me,\" Tommy III said.


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