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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 293 Peter Thomson tribute
COVER STORY WORLD CHAMPION Thomson formed a formidable partnership with Kel Nagle in the then Canada Cup, winning the teams event twice in the 1950s before it became the World Cup in 1967. The Australian combination’s first triumph came in the same year Thomson won the first of five Claret Jugs, 1954, with the Victorian firing a final round 66 to miss out on the individual title by two shots from Stan Leonard of Canada. In 1959 Nagle and Thomson claimed their second victory, this time by an impressive 10 shots around Royal Melbourne, with Leonard again edging out Thommo for individual honours. PRESIDENTIAL SEAL For all his individual accolades, Thomson’s captaincy of the International team to what remains their only victory in the Presidents Cup held a special place in his career. Thomson and his team made up of players from seven countries took down a highly fancied American side boasting the likes of Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, David Duval and Phil Mickelson 201⁄2 –111⁄2 at Royal Melbourne in 1998. “The other things are very selfish things -- there is no one to bother you and sometimes you win. But playing with a team is something different,” Thomson told The Australian newspaper of the experience.
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