||Peter William Thomson CBE is born in Melbourne, Australia. Winner of five Open Championships ('54, '55, '56, '58, '65), he is one of only four players ever to win The Open three years in a row, and the only one in the 20th century. Although some say he achieved the first four wins at a time when the world's best in America did not make the journey to the UK, in 1965 he faced three of top four leading money winners of 1964 from America - Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tony Lema - and beat them all comfortably. He also finished tied 4th in the 1956 US Open and 5th in the 1957 Masters. Like many from the Southern Hemisphere Thomson was a globetrotting player, with over 100 professional wins around the world, including a record 9 New Zealand Opens, second among all-time national Open winners behind Gary Player's 13 South African Opens.
Thomson had a successful senior career with 11 Champions Tour victories and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988. He has also been a respected golf writer for over 50 years and as Chairman of architects Thomson, Perrett & Lobb has designed more than 100 golf courses around the world.