Five-time British Open winner Peter Thomson dies at 88

Five-time British Open winner Peter Thomson, 88, has died after a four-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Thomson, who in 1954 became the first Australian to win The Open, died Wednesday.

“The family of Australian golfing great Peter Thomson announce his passing on Wednesday 20 June 2018,” Golf Australia said in a statement.

His Open Championship success in 1954 was the first of three straight, before he also was victorious in 1958 and ’65. Only Harry Vardon (six) has won the major more times.

Thomson enjoyed an incredible record at the British Open, finishing in the top 10 18 times in his first 21 appearances.

In 2001, he became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his contributions as a player and administrator and for community service.

Thomson is survived by his wife Mary and four children — son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway.

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