Peter Thomson

Full Name
Peter William Thomson
Year of Birth
1929
Year of Death
2018 (aged 88)
Place Born
Brunswick, Victoria, Australia
Place Died
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, on hearing of Peter Thomson’s passing, “Peter was a true gentleman and will be forever remembered throughout the world of golf as one of the great champions of our wonderful sport. He was a distinguished Honorary Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and will be sorely missed by all of us at The R&A.”

Peter Thomson was the first of four sons born to Arthur Thomson, a signwriter, and Grace Watson, a dressmaker, in the working class suburb of Brunswick, and he learned to play golf as a junior on the 9-hole Royal Park layout across the road from where the family lived.

The course played firm and fast, especially in the hot summers, and Peter developed golfing techniques here that would stand him in good stead later in his professional career on the famous links courses of the British Isles.

At 16 years of age, he became a member at Victoria Golf Club, allowing him to further refine his playing skills.

Thomson achieved a diploma in applied chemistry at Footscray Technical School in Melbourne in 1945 then worked as a rubber technologist for Spalding in Melbourne, designing and producing golf balls, which he tested himself.

In 1949, having won several amateur titles, he decided to turn professional.

Peter’s first professional victory arrived the following year, when he won the 34th edition of the New Zealand Open in Christchurch. Over the following four decades, he secured more than eighty professional tournament victories around the world, with most of them occurring on the Australasian and European tours.

His last professional win came on the European Seniors Tour at North Berwick in 1988, when he prevailed in the PGA Seniors Championship by two stokes from Denis Hutchinson. He’s best remembered, of course, for winning the Open five times between 1954 and 1965 and he also represented Australia at eleven World Cups, winning the 2-man team event twice.

Thomson was president of the Australian PGA from 1962 to 1994. In 1979 he was made a C...

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