Australian legend golfer Peter Thomson, best known for his five wins in The Open Championship and his course design, yesterday turned 88 years old.
Between 1954 and 1965, Thomson won the British Open five times. He and Young Tom Morris were among only four men to win it three times consecutively.
In his professional career, he won in Europe 26 times, 19 times on home soil in Australia and New Zealand and 11 more times in Asia and Japan.
He played only a few seasons in America, garnering one victory in the U.S., the 1956 Texas Open, where he closed with a 63 and defeated Cary Middlecoff and Gene Littler in a playoff.
In the 1960s Thompson began designing courses with Michael Wolveridge, but decided to retire form golf and course design entirely last year after 51 years in the business, helping to develop more than 180 courses in over 30 countries.
On behalf of Golf Industry Central, happy birthday Peter and thank you for everything you’ve done for our industry.