Died: Peter Thomson, an Australian and five-time British Open champion, at his home Wednesday in Melbourne, according to Golf Australia. He was 88 and had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for more than four years. Thomson won the Claret Jug in three consecutive years, from 1954 to ’56, before becoming “the champion golfer of the year” two more times, in 1958 and 1965. Only four other golfers – Harry Vardon (six) and J.H. Taylor, James Braid and Tom Watson (five each) – have won as many British Opens. Among his other victories, Thomson won the national championships of 10 countries, including nine New Zealand Opens. Thomson won 34 Australasian Tour titles and 26 times on the European Tour. He played a limited number of events on the PGA Tour, winning the 1956 Texas International, forerunner to today’s AT&T Byron Nelson. He won 11 times on the Champions Tour, including nine times in 1985. After his competitive days in golf, Thomson served as president of the Australian PGA for 32 years and was instrumental in the establishment of the Asian Tour. He is survived by his wife, Mary, four children, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Apologized: Phil Mickelson, in a statement released Wednesday by his representatives, for his behavior Saturday in the U.S. Open, when he hit his golf ball as it was moving on the 13th green at Shinnecock Hills. The action resulted in a two-stroke penalty; many players, observers and fans said that Mickelson should have been disqualified(“Mickelson, USGA disgrace U.S. Open,” June 17). Mickelson declined to speak with reporters Sunday after he tied for 48th in the Open. Four days after his third-round incident, he sent this emailed response: “I know this should’ve come sooner, but it’s taken me a few days to calm down. My anger and frustration got the best of me last weekend. I’m embarrassed and disappointed by my actions. It was clearly not my finest moment and I’m sorry.”
Named: As winner of the National Sports Media Association’s Best Golf Story of 2017 Award, Adam Schupak, a regular contributor to Morning Read. Schupak wrote “After The Earthquake, How One Man Rebuilt Golf In Haiti By Hand” for the October issue of Golf Digest magazine. The award is scheduled to be presented June 25 in Winston-Salem, N.C.