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Australian Golfing legend Peter Thomson passes away

Australian golfing legend Peter Thomson has passed away aged 88, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Thomson was one of the most famous names in Australian golf and was the first Australian to win the British Open, a title he won five times.

He also won on nine occasions on the American senior circuit in 1985.

Macquarie Sports Radio Drive host Mark Allen relived the great man.

“Peter Thomson will be remembered as one of our absolute superstars of sport,” Allen said.

“We always joke that his first name was ‘five-times’ and not Peter.

“My favourite story was when Peter Thomson was 54-years-old and the Seniors Tour in America was just kicking away.

“He went over and played in a couple (of events) when he was 53 because people were making some cash and he didn’t perform so well and he heard a young player on the Seniors’ Tour say Peter Thomson was overrated.

“He heard this in the locker room, so he started practicing that Australian Summer and got ready for his 54th year.

“He was 54-years-old and he went out and won a record nine events.

“He was an unbelievable player and if you look at the old footage of the way he would swing a golf club, it was as pure a golf swing as there’s ever been.”

Thomson also served as the Australian PGA president for 32 years.

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