The last wishes of Australian champion Peter Thomson, who died 4 years ago, were finally fulfilled by his son on the sidelines of the 150th Open: to spread his ashes on the green of 18 of the Old course in St-Andrews…
The emotion is palpable, but the exercise seems well established on this morning of Sunday July 17. Twelve hours before the triumph of Australia Cameron Smith at the British Open, a small group advances on the famous green of the 18th of the Old course. It is 6:45 a.m. and the public has not yet filled the stands.
An early morning ceremony
It is a curious ceremony attended by some morning onlookers and some dignitaries from the Royal & Ancient. There is even there Sable Reidthe superintendent of the links of Saint-Andrews who seems to closely monitor the gesture of the sower that a certain Andrew Thompson.
Peter Thomson, who won the St Andrews Open in 1955, had some of his ashes scattered on the Old Course at 6.45am on Sunday by his son Andrew (pictured) 12 hours later, Cameron Smith became the third Australian to lift the burgundy pitcher at home from golf. You can’t make this up pic.twitter.com/MCqP841q1l
— Priest Evin (@EvinPriest) July 18, 2022
The best links player of all time
Tie in the colors of the R&A, Andrew pulls out of his pocket a small vial containing the remains of his father, Peter Thomson. An Australian legend who shone on Scottish soil since he holds no less than five Open. Without counting Harry Vardona six-time winner in bygone times, Thomson is quite simply the greatest links player of all time.
Filmed by the captain of the Royal Melbourne Golf Clubso that his mother can follow this moment live, Andrew stands upstream of the green and dumps his father’s remains with dignity… Fortunately, the wind to which the champion adapted very well, did not spoil these moments of emotion that Andrew had been waiting for a long time.
At 6:45 this morning I scattered my father’s ashes on the 18th green of the Old Course. 12 hours later, an Australian wins the Open. Cam Smith, Golf Champion of the Year. Champagne golf course.
— Andrew Thomson (@newsfromkyushu) July 17, 2022
At 6:45 this morning I scattered my father’s ashes on the 18th green of the Old Course. 12 hours later an Australian won The Open.
A tribute paid 4 years after his death
Exactly four years, since the Australian champion died on June 20, 2018 from Parkinson’s disease. The Covid crisis has been there… but also the necessary organization of such a company or rather such companies. The gesture was assured and for good reason: it is not a first for the son! It was repeated three times during the previous week.
Victorious in 1955 on the Old course, Thomson indeed wanted his ashes to be adopted on all the grounds where he distributed the Claret Jug. The previous week, Andrew split a “joyful” triptych – Royal Birkdale (1954, 1965), royal liverpool (1956) and Royal Lytham and St Annes (1958) – to accomplish his task.
Born in 1929, “The Melbourne Tiger”, who was endowed with a swing of confusing simplicity, a brilliance all over the world but especially on the courses of the Open. He not only won 5 titles including three consecutive (1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1965) but also obtained 4 other podiums and 13 top 10 until 1971!
A remarkable ability to tame the elements that he demonstrates once again by realizing his last wishes. Even if it’s not through his son…