Australian golfing great Peter Thomson succumbs aged 88

( CNN) Australian golfing legend Peter Thomson has died aged 88 following a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Thomson won five British Open titles in the 1950 s and 1960 s and is the only player since the turn of the 20 th century to win golf’s oldest major championship three times in a row.

He passed away at home in Melbourne surrounded by family on 20 June, according to Golf Australia.

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