Peter Thomson recalls his five victories in The Open
When Peter Thomson made his debut in The Open in 1951 little did he know that it would mark the beginning of an illustrious era not only for him but for Australian golf as a whole in the sport’s oldest and most prestigious Championship.
Between 1952 and 1958, Thomson finished no lower than second in The Open, winning on four occasions, including three consecutive victories in 1954, 1955 and 1956 and then again in 1958. It is arguably the most prolific run of form the Championship has ever seen. Thomson’s countryman Kel Nagle won the centenary Open at St Andrews in 1960.
Thomson went on win a fifth title in 1965 to rank alongside James Braid, JH Taylor and, latterly, Tom Watson, with only Harry Vardon ahead on six wins. He is one of only four golfers in the Championship’s entire history to win three times in a row.
Earlier this year, the five-time Champion Golfer of the Year met with golf writer Richard Allen to recall his career’s defining moments, greatest memories and entertaining anecdotes.
This is Peter Thomson in his own words.