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ASC pays tribute to Australian golfing great Peter Thomson

20 Jun 2018

The Australian Sports Commission has paid tribute to Australian golfing great Peter Thomson, who has passed away at the age of 88.

The first Australian to win the British Open, Thomson claimed the title five times between 1954 and 1965, a record equalled only by American Tom Watson.

Thomson was also president of the Australian PGA for 32 years and designed and built courses in Australia and around the world. He helped establish the Asian Tour and following his playing days, worked as a commentator and for various charities.

In 1979 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his contributions as a player and administrator and for community service.

“We’re saddened to hear of Peter’s passing and our thoughts are with his family,” said ASC CEO Kate Palmer, “he made an incredibly significant contribution to Australian golf and was a pioneer in terms of lifting Australia’s standing on the international sporting stage.”

The ASC extends its sympathies to Thomson’s friends and the golfing community more broadly.

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