Peter Thomson breathed his last on June 20. He was 88 and, for the past four years, was battling Parkinson’s Disease. The five-time British Open champion will be remembered for his contribution to golf, especially in India and South-East Asia.
Arguably Australia’s greatest golfer, he helped establish the Asian Tour and brought life to the Indian Open in 1964, which he won thrice — a record equaled by Jyoti Randhawa in 2007. Thomson also designed courses around the world and helped redesign Delhi Golf Club and Royal Calcutta Golf Club. He visited India most recently in 2015 and, on his way back, carried with him a replica of the Indian Open trophy he last won in 1976.
(Read more in the July issue of Golf Digest India. Download here.)