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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 293 Peter Thomson tribute
COVER STORY SAVING THE BEST UNTIL LAST The 1960s saw an increase in American interest and participation in The Open, largely thanks to Arnold Palmer, and the occasional observation that Thomson had achieved his domination of the event against weak fields. So when the event returned to the site of his first win in 1965, Thomson went about setting the critics straight by claiming his fifth Claret Jug ahead of the likes of Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and defending champion Tony Lema. The Victorian handled the tough conditions at Birkdale on the final day best, closing with back-to-back birdies and a 71. ANOTHER CLARET JUG Having finished runner-up to Bobby Locke at St Andrews in 1957, Thomson arrived at Royal Lytham and St Annes in ’58 hungry for redemption. The 28-year-old Victorian bolted out of the gates and straight to the top of the leaderboard, registering a round of five-under 66 for the best round of his Open career. Thomson proceeded to sign scores of 72, 67 and 73, which left him in a tie for first with Dave Thomas. But the Welshman was no match for Thommo, who won the subsequent 36-hole play-off by four shots.
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