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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 293 Peter Thomson tribute
COVER STORY ANOTHER AUSSIE OPEN Although he had already won his national Open twice (1951 & 1967 pictured), Thomson travelled to Kooyonga in Adelaide for the 1972 Australian Open eager to add to his collection. The 43-year-old opened with a round of 74 to sit midfield, before firing 69 and a course record-equalling 68 to charge up the leaderboard. But a 27-year-old David Graham was keeping pace and by the conclusion of 72 holes they were locked in a stalemate. Thommo repeated his record-equalling 68 in the resulting play-off, while Graham signed for 74. NINE-WIN U.S SEASON It was 1985 and Thomson was now 55 years old and playing on the Senior PGA Tour in the US. Many critics had argued the Australian couldn’t be considered one of the all-time greats because he lacked success in America. But the Melburnian soon silenced his doubters, winning nine times in the space of seven months and collecting a host of further top-10s against the likes of Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper and Gary Player. 1967 1972
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