Australian golfing great Peter Thomson dies aged 88

    Australian golfer Peter Thomson won five British Open titles, including three in a row.

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    • Golf legend Peter Thomson dies 88
    • Australian won British Open five times

    (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 1950s and 1960s and is the only player since the turn of the 20th 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.
      "Golf has lost one of its great champions today," said a spokeperson from the R&A, organizers of the British Open. "He will always be remembered in St Andrews."
      Australia's former world No.1 and two-time Open champion Greg Norman said in a statement: "I am so sorry to hear the passing of an Australian legend. There have been many individuals who have touched the game of golf, none more so than Peter Thomson in his era... He will be missed."