Past champions celebrate 100th Australian Open

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YOU don’t often get a gathering like this … 19 past champions of the Australian Open celebrating the 100th edition of the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club.

From reigning champion Jordan Spieth to Aussie great Peter Thomson the group hit celebratory tee shots, posed for photos and chatted with MC Ian Baker-Finch.

The tournament is Australia’s oldest and the fifth oldest in the world behind The Open, US Open, Canadian Open and South African Open.

Thomson, who won the third of three titles in 1972, was a star attraction along with recent World Golf Hall of Fame inductee David Graham, who won in 1977 and is out from Dallas for a number of special events this week; and Frank Phillips, who won in 1957 and 1961, and is now a regular at Mt Broughton Golf Club.

“I’m very proud of our Open,” said Thomson, arguably Australia’s greatest-ever player and a winner of five British Open Championships.

Adam Scott summed it up nicely: ”It was a very nice touch to celebrate the 100th playing today, having quite a lot of former champions there,” he said. “It’s nice to just appreciate the great history that this event has. For everyone there, we play a lot of golf and it’s a long career, to reflect back on the year that you won is a nice feeling. Every one of us would’ve done that for a few seconds today.”

100th Australian Open Commemorative Drive Video

Pictured above are:

Peter Thomson (1957, ’67, ’72)

Frank Phillips (1957, ’61)

David Graham (1977)

Jack Newton (1979)

Bob Shearer (1982)

Peter Fowler (1983)

Rodger Davis (1986)

Peter Senior (1989, 2012)

Robert Allenby (1994, 2005)

Lee Westwood (1997)

Greg Chalmers (1998, 2011)

Stuart Appleby (2001)

Stephen Allan (2002)

Peter Lonard (2003, ’04)

John Senden (2006)

Craig Parry (2007)

Adam Scott (2009)

Geoff Ogilvy (2010)

Jordan Spieth (2014)

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While David Graham explains a point to Geoff Ogilvy (left), Craig Parry, Peter Thomson, Frank Phillips and Rodger Davis look on
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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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