PETER W. THOMSON C.B.E.
Unarguably, Australia's greatest golfer ever. Born in Melbourne in 1929, Peter Thomson won
5 British Opens in his heyday of the 1950's and 1960's. His great rival in those days was
Sth African Bobby Locke.
Peter Thomson's British Opens were -
The Open Runner Up in 1952 at Royal Lythem & St. Annes with 288 strokes.
The Champion was Bobby Locke with 287 strokes.
The Open Runner Up in 1953 at Carnoustie with 286 strokes.
The Champion was Ben Hogan with 282 strokes.
The Open Champion in 1954 at Royal Birkdale with 283 strokes.
Runners Up were Dai Rees, Syd Scott and Bobby Locke with 284 strokes.
The Open Champion in 1955 at The Old Course, St. Andrews with 281 strokes.
Runner Up was Johnny Fallon.
The Open Champion in 1956 at Hoylake with 286 strokes.
Runner Up was Flory Van Donck with 289 strokes.
The Open Runner Up in 1957 at The Old Course, St. Andrews with 282 strokes.
The Champion was Bobby Locke with 279 strokes.
The Open Champion in 1958 at Royal Lythem & St. Annes with 278 strokes in a Playoff.
Runner Up was D.C. Thomas with 278 strokes.
The Open Champion in 1965 at Royal Birkdale with 285 strokes.
Runners Up were Brian Huggett and (Wristie) Christie O'Connor with 287 strokes.
Peter Thomson was not a long hitter, but strived to keep the ball in play using a 3 wood
frequently. He was a competent chipper/putter and a superb long iron player. He had superb
judgement of distance and the run of the ball. Hence, he was at his best on running British
linksland courses. Peter played the game as if it was a game of chess - plotting his way round.
Peter Thomson now has interests in Golf Course Design, Australian Golf Administration,
TV Commentary and successfully captained The Rest Of The World against
The United States in the Presidents Cup in 1998 at Royal Melbourne GC.