• Wins
    5
  • Turned Pro
    1949
  • Previous Opens
    30
  • Champion golfer of the year
    1954
    1955
    1956
    1958
    1965

Peter Thomson

Thomson
After finishing sixth on his debut in The Open at Royal Portrush in 1951, Peter Thomson produced arguably the finest stretch of results The Open has ever seen.
Thomson
  • Only man to win The Open for three straight years in 20th century

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  • Designed over a 100 courses in Australia and around the world

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  • 84

    Professional wins

After finishing sixth on his debut in The Open in 1951, Peter Thomson produced arguably the finest stretch of results The Open has ever seen.

In the next seven years he was either first or second, winning on four occasions. He 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.

Thomson grew up on hard and fast-running courses in Melbourne and took to British seaside links golf as soon as he arrived on these shores. He was a fine strategist, plotting his way around a course, avoiding trouble as far as possible. “He was the first person to play golf as if it were chess,” said Peter Alliss.

Thomson

His interests extended far beyond golf and instead of practising he would often go sightseeing. Even while playing tournaments, he would be writing his own newspaper columns, often with the details of his latest victory. Commentating and course design also entered the equation later.

He won his first Open as a 24-year-old at Royal Birkdale, beating his great rival Bobby Locke into second place. He won at St Andrews the next year and claimed a hat-trick at Hoylake in 1956 before defeating Dave Thomas in a play-off in 1958.

Some critics suggested his victories were achieved against fields that were not the best as the leading Americans were absent but in 1965 back at Birkdale he out-classed Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and defending Champion Golfer Tony Lema among others.

He had a brief, but dominant, spell on the US Seniors Tour in the mid-1980s to prove he could beat the Americans on their own soil before returning home. He was narrowly defeated in the Victoria State elections in a brief foray into politics.

Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
St Andrews 1984
WD
72
73
76
-
-
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1979
26
76
75
72
74
297
-
St Andrews 1978
24
72
70
72
76
290
-
Turnberry 1977
13
74
72
67
73
286
-
Royal Birkdale 1976
M/C
75
79
-
-
-
M/C
Carnoustie 1975
WD
73
75
81
-
-
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1974
M/C
79
81
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Troon 1973
31
76
75
70
73
294
-
Muirfield 1972
31
71
72
74
77
294
-
Royal Birkdale 1971
9
70
73
73
69
285
-
St Andrews 1970
9
68
74
73
74
289
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1969
3
71
70
70
72
283
-
Carnoustie 1968
24
77
71
78
75
301
-
Royal Liverpool 1967
8
71
74
70
72
287
-
Muirfield 1966
8
73
75
69
71
288
-
Royal Birkdale 1965
1
74
68
72
71
285
-
St Andrews 1964
24
79
73
72
75
299
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1963
5
67
69
71
78
285
-
Royal Troon 1962
6
70
77
75
70
292
-
Royal Birkdale 1961
7
75
72
70
73
290
-
St Andrews 1960
9
72
69
75
70
286
-
Muirfield 1959
23
74
74
72
74
294
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1958
1
66
72
67
73
278
-
St Andrews 1957
2
73
69
70
70
282
-
Royal Liverpool 1956
1
70
70
72
74
286
-
St Andrews 1955
1
71
68
70
72
281
-
Royal Birkdale 1954
1
72
71
69
71
283
-
Carnoustie 1953
2
72
72
71
71
286
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1952
2
68
73
77
70
288
-
Royal Portrush 1951
6
70
75
73
75
293
-

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