Thomson inducted into NZ Golf Hall Of Fame
He helped put the New Zealand Open on the world map, winning it an incredible nine times.
Now the late, great Peter Thomson has been honoured by becoming the first Australian to be inducted in the New Zealand Golf Hall Of Fame.
The five-time British Open champion, who passed away midway through last year at the age of 88, is only the ninth golfer to be awarded such an honour.
And few would argue he deserved just such an honour after becoming the most prolific champion in the history of the New Zealand Open with his wins in their biggest event in 1950, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1965 and 1971.
Indeed it’s fair to say Thomson led the movement across the Tasman and many veterans will recall it was Thomson, who lured the likes of Gary Player, Harold Henning and David Thomas over to New Zealand in 1958 with the field that year regarded as the best to ever contest their championship, won of course, by Thomson.
The Victorian was at the peak of his powers then and also took out the British Open that year, alongside his victories in that event in 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1965.
It was no surprise when Thomson was inducted into the Florida-based World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988.
And as the New Zealand Open celebrated its 100th year last weekend, with the event appropriately being taken out by another Victorian in Zach Murray, Thomson’s name was indelibly etched as part of the folklore of the event.
Thomson’s record has made him arguably the greatest golfer Australia has produced, alongside the likes of Greg Norman, Karrie Webb and the late Kel Nagle.
Besides his extraordinary record in the Open Championship and the New Zealand Open, he also won six US PGA Tour titles, 29 European Tour titles and another 30 professional events worldwide.
Thomson even took a couple of seasons to plunder the US Seniors Tour shortly after turning 50 – and won 11 more titles there as well.