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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 293 Peter Thomson tribute
BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPION The 1955 Open Championship was held at the Old Course at St Andrews where Thomson opened with a round of one-under-par; just as he had done the year before at Royal Birkdale. The 25-year-old Thomson captured the lead in the second round with his four-under 68 and never surrendered it, winning by two shots over Scotland’s John Fallon. “Now I’ve won The Open in successive years, to join such golfing immortals as Bobby Jones, Walter Hagan and Bobby Locke, I’ll be back to try to make it a hat-trick next year,” Thomson wrote in The Argus Newspaper. OPEN HAT-TRICK While Thomson’s home city (Melbourne) prepared to host the 1956 Olympics, Thommo was attempting to become the first player since Bob Ferguson (1880-1882) to complete a hat-trick of victories at the Open Championship. Thomson began at Royal Liverpool with a round of one-under-par – as he had done the year before and the year before that – and had shot to the lead by the conclusion of the second round. Friday rounds of 72 and 74 led to a convincing three-shot victory over Belgium’s Flory Van Donck.
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