Opening Drive

Opening Drive an oil-on-canvas painting by Peter Munro, was commissioned by David Purdie in 2016.
It is the first ever depiction of Golf’s Inaugural Open Championship, held at Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland, in October 1860
The painting shows Tom Morris Sr. driving the first-ever ball in the Tournament. He is watched by other competitors, including the eventual winner, Willie Park Sr of Musselburgh and by Officials headed by Col. James Ogilvy Fairlie of Coodham, who is rightly regarded as ‘The Father of the Open.

Read the full story of Opening Drive – and the origins of The Open itself – at the painting’s own website: www.openingdrive.co.uk