Peter Thomson (golfer)
|Full name||Peter William Thomson|
23 August 1929 |
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Children||Diana, Andrew, Peta-Ann, Fiona|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
Senior PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||1|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||33|
|PGA Tour Champions||11|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||5th: 1957|
|U.S. Open||T4: 1956|
|The Open Championship||Won: 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1965|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||1988 (member page)|
|Arnold Palmer Award
Thomson was born in Brunswick, a northern suburb of Melbourne, Australia. His Open Championship wins came in 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, and 1965. He was the only man to win the tournament for three consecutive years in the 20th century.
Thomson was a prolific tournament champion around the world, winning the national championships of ten countries, including the New Zealand Open nine times. He competed on the PGA Tour in 1953 and 1954 with relatively little success (finishing 44th and 25th on the Money List), and after that was an infrequent competitor. However, in 1956, playing in just eight events, he won the rich Texas International, and achieved his best finish in one of the three majors staged in the United States (fourth at the U.S. Open), to finish ninth on the Money List.
In the era that Thomson won his first four Open Championships, very few of the leading professionals from the United States travelled to Britain to play in that event. At that time, the prize money in the Open was insufficient even for an American to cover expenses if he won. However, Thomson demonstrated with his win in 1965 that he could beat a field of the world's very best players, as that victory came against a field that included Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tony Lema, three of the top four American golfers from the 1964 Money List.
Thomson enjoyed a successful senior career. In 1985 he won nine times on the Senior PGA Tour in the United States, and finished top of the money list. His last tournament victory came at the 1988 British PGA Seniors Championship. He was president of the Australian PGA from 1962 to 1994 and a victorious non-playing captain of the international team in the 1998 Presidents Cup.
Thomson was a guest at the presentation ceremony of the 135th Open Championship, which was won by Tiger Woods. The event marked the 50th anniversary of Thomson's third Open victory.
Among golf's top players, Thomson has perhaps been the most active as a golf writer, having contributed to the Melbourne Age for some 50 years, since the early 1950s. He is an honorary member of Royal Melbourne Golf Club, one of the world's top courses. Thomson has designed over a hundred golf courses in Australia and around the world.
- 1 Amateur wins
- 2 Professional wins (89)
- 3 Major championships
- 4 Champions Tour major championships
- 5 Team appearances
- 6 Honours
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
- 1947 Australasian Foursomes Shield (with Dick Payne)
- 1948 Victoria Amateur Championship
Professional wins (89)
PGA Tour wins (6)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||9 Jul 1954||The Open Championship||−9 (72-71-69-71=283)||1 stroke||Bobby Locke, Dai Rees, Syd Scott|
|2||8 Jul 1955||The Open Championship||−7 (71-68-70-72=281)||2 strokes||John Fallon|
|3||4 Jun 1956||Texas International Open||−13 (67-68-69-63=267)||Playoff||Gene Littler, Cary Middlecoff|
|4||6 Jul 1956||The Open Championship||+2 (70-70-72-74=286)||3 strokes||Flory Van Donck|
|5||5 Jul 1958||The Open Championship||−6 (33-72-67-73=278)||Playoff||Dave Thomas|
|6||9 Jul 1965||The Open Championship||−3 (74-68-72-71=285)||2 strokes||Brian Huggett, Christy O'Connor Snr|
Major championships are shown in bold. The Open Championship was not sanctioned by the PGA Tour in Thomson's era, but pre-1995 Open wins were retrospectively classified as PGA Tour wins in 2002.
PGA Tour playoff record (2–0)
|1||1956||Texas International Open||Gene Littler, Cary Middlecoff||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|2||1958||The Open Championship||Dave Thomas||Won 36-hole playoff (Thomson:139, Thomas:143)|
Australasia wins (33)
- 1950 New Zealand Open
- 1951 Australian Open, New Zealand Open
- 1952 Victorian PGA Championship, Mobilco Tournament
- 1953 New Zealand Open, New Zealand PGA Championship, Victorian PGA Championship
- 1954 Ampol Tournament (Nov)
- 1955 New Zealand Open, Pelaco Tournament, Speedo Tournament
- 1956 Pelaco Tournament
- 1958 Victorian Open, Pelaco Tournament
- 1959 New Zealand Open, Pelaco Tournament, Coles Tournament
- 1960 New Zealand Open, Wills Classic
- 1961 New Zealand Open, Adelaide Advertiser Tournament, New South Wales Open
- 1965 New Zealand Open
- 1966 New Zealand Wills Masters (tie with Tim Woolbank)
- 1967 Caltex Tournament (tie with Bob Charles), Australian PGA Championship, Australian Open
- 1968 South Australian Open, Victorian Open
- 1971 New Zealand Open
- 1972 Australian Open
- 1973 Victorian Open
European wins (29)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||9 Jul 1954||The Open Championship||72-71-69-71=283||1 stroke|| Bobby Locke, Dai Rees,
|2||2 Oct 1954||News of the World Match Play||38 holes||John Fallon|
|3||8 Jul 1955||The Open Championship||71-68-70-72=281||2 strokes||John Fallon|
|4||6 Jul 1956||The Open Championship||70-70-72-74=286||3 strokes||Flory Van Donck|
|5||21 Jun 1957||Yorkshire Evening News Tournament||65-67-64-68=264||15 strokes||Harry Bradshaw|
|6||9 May 1958||Dunlop Tournament||70-69-71-71-67=348||3 strokes||Harold Henning|
|7||14 Jun 1958||Daks Tournament||70-67-69-69=275||Tie||Harold Henning|
|8||5 Jul 1958||The Open Championship||33-72-67-73=278||Playoff||Dave Thomas|
|9||11 Oct 1959||Italian Open||69-67-68-65=269||1 stroke||Alfonso Angelini|
|10||17 Oct 1959||Spanish Open||71-73-72-70=286||2 strokes||Jean Garaïalde, Syd Scott|
|11||11 Jun 1960||Daks Tournament||74-66-67-72=279||2 strokes||Tom Haliburton, Jimmy Hitchcock|
|12||17 Jun 1960||Yorkshire Evening News Tournament||70-66-65-67=268||5 strokes||Bernard Hunt|
|13||20 Jun 1960||Bowmaker Tournament||67-65=132||1 stroke||Bernard Hunt|
|14||24 Jul 1960||German Open||71-67-72-71=281||2 strokes||Roberto De Vicenzo, Jean Garaïalde|
|15||23 Jun 1961||Yorkshire Evening News Tournament||70-69-70-73=262||1 stroke||Dai Rees|
|16||26 Aug 1961||Esso Golden Tournament||21 points||Tie||Dave Thomas|
|17||9 Sep 1961||News of the World Match Play||3 & 1||Ralph Moffitt|
|18||16 Sep 1961||Dunlop Masters||70-71-72-71=284||8 strokes||Christy O'Connor Snr|
|19||5 May 1962||Martini International||66-69-72-68=275||4 strokes||Eric Brown|
|20||20 May 1962||Piccadilly No. 1 Tournament||72-69-73-69=283||3 strokes||Christy O'Connor Snr|
|21||5 Jun 1965||Daks Tournament||70-71-68-66=275||4 strokes||Guy Wolstenholme|
|22||9 Jul 1965||The Open Championship||74-68-72-71=285||2 strokes||Brian Huggett, Christy O'Connor Snr|
|23||10 Sep 1966||News of the World Match Play||2 & 1||Neil Coles|
|24||22 Jul 1967||Esso Golden Tournament||20 points||Tie||Kel Nagle|
|25||10 Sep 1967||News of the World Match Play||4 & 3||Dai Rees|
|26||8 Oct 1967||Alcan International||69-71-73-68=281||5 strokes||Tony Grubb|
|27||14 Sep 1968||Dunlop Masters||66-69-73-66=274||5 strokes||Dave Thomas|
|28||13 Jun 1970||Martini International||65-68-68-67=268||Tie||Doug Sewell|
|29||23 Sep 1972||W.D. & H.O. Wills Tournament||71-69-66-64=270||3 strokes||Peter Butler|
Only the last win was an official European Tour event as the tour started in 1972.
Japan wins (6)
- 1962 Yomiuri International
- 1969 Chunichi Crowns
- 1971 Dunlop Tournament, Wizard Tournament
- 1972 Chunichi Crowns
- 1976 Pepsi-Wilson Tournament
Note: Only the last win was an official Japan Tour event as the tour formally started in 1973.
Other wins (8)
- 1952 Mills Round Robin (South Africa)
- 1960 Hong Kong Open
- 1964 Indian Open, Philippine Open
- 1965 Hong Kong Open
- 1966 Indian Open
- 1967 Hong Kong Open
- 1976 Indian Open
Senior PGA Tour wins (11)
Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||1985||Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative Pro-Am||Lee Elder||Lost to eagle on first extra hole|
Senior major championship is shown in bold.
Other senior wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||26 Jun 1988||Trusthouse Forte PGA Seniors Championship||+7 (78-67-72-70=287)||2 strokes||Denis Hutchinson|
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner(s)-up|
|1954||The Open Championship||Tied for lead||−9 (72-71-69-71=283)||1 stroke||Bobby Locke, Dai Rees, Syd Scott|
|1955||The Open Championship (2)||1 shot lead||−7 (71-68-70-72=281)||2 strokes||John Fallon|
|1956||The Open Championship (3)||3 shot lead||−2 (70-70-72-74=286)||3 strokes||Flory Van Donck|
|1958||The Open Championship (4)||2 shot lead||−6 (66-72-67-73=278)||Playoff 1||Dave Thomas|
|1965||The Open Championship (5)||1 shot lead||−7 (74-68-72-71=285)||2 strokes||Christy O'Connor Snr, Brian Huggett|
1 Defeated Dave Thomas in 36-hole playoff: Thomson (139), Thomas (143)
|The Open Championship||T6||2||T2||1||1||1||2||1||T23|
|The Open Championship||T9||T7||T6||5||T24||1||T8||T8||T24||T3|
|The Open Championship||T9||T9||T31||T31||CUT||CUT||CUT||T13||T24||T26|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||CUT|
Note: Thomson never played in the PGA Championship.
DNP = Did not play
DQ = Disqualified
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||5||3||1||10||18||23||30||26|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 10 (1954 Open Championship – 1958 Open Championship)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (1955 Open Championship – 1957 Masters)
Champions Tour major championships
|1984a||General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship||−2 (67-73-74-72=286)||3 strokes||Don January|
a This was the December edition of the tournament.
- World Cup (representing Australia): 1953, 1954 (winners), 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959 (winners), 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1969
- Slazenger Trophy (representing British Commonwealth and Empire): 1956
- Presidents Cup (representing International): 1996 (non-playing captain), 1998 (non-playing captain, winners), 2000 (non-playing captain)
- 1 January 1957 – Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
- 31 December 1979 – Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
- 1 January 2001 – Awarded the Centenary Medal
- 11 June 2001 – Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
- List of golfers with most Champions Tour wins
- List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins
- List of golfers with most PGA Tour of Australasia wins
- List of golfers with most wins in one PGA Tour event
- List of men's major championships winning golfers
- "Peter Thomson Turns Professional". The Chronicle. 91, (51,183). South Australia. 21 April 1949. p. 38. Retrieved 22 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- "1954 Peter Thomson". The Open. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- "Peter Thomson AO CBE". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
- "Peter Thomson European Wins". The World Golf Hall of Fame. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
- "Thomson Beats Locke". The Singapore Free Press. 20 February 1952.
- Thomson, Peter William MBE, It's an Honour, 1 January 1957.
- Thomson, Peter William CBE, It's an Honour, 31 December 1979.
- Thomson, Peter William, It's an Honour, 1 January 2001.
- Thomson, Peter William AO, It's an Honour, 11 June 2001.