July 23, 2018
The Passing of Australia’s Greatest Golfer Peter Thomson
TRIBUTES are flowing for Aussie golf legend Peter Thomson who died this morning, two months shy of his 89th birthday.The five time British Open champion is being remembered as a great of the game and a proud Victorian.
Brunswick-born Thomson was the first Australian to win the British Open and one of only two men to win it five times alongside Tom Watson of the US.
He won on the American senior tour nine times in 1985, setting a record that may never be broken.
His record includes:
— Five British Opens (1954, ‘55, ‘56, ‘58, ‘65)
— Six PGA Tour wins
— 33 PGA Tour of Australasia wins
— 11 PGA Tour Champions wins
— Fifth at US Masters (1957)
— Tied fourth US Open (1956)
— World Golf Hall of Fame (1988)
— Arnold Palmer Award (1986)
Peter Thomson, Arnold Palmer and Bruce Devlin
He is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, their spouses, 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.