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Peter Thomson On Old Course Meddling: 'Like a bad dream"

Nice job by Charles Happell tracking down Peter Thomson, who left now doubt how he feels about changing the Old Course, where he won the second of his five Open Championships.

''Have the architects of golf gone mad? I can scarcely believe what I read,'' Thomson said.

''The Old Course is a Golf Treasure that has proved itself to be the ultimate Championship venue. It satisfies in every way the aspirations of champion players and high handicappers. It beggars belief that someone in authority should want to destroy it.

''Like a bad dream, I am hoping it will go away - together with those who would propose the slightest change. Such arrogance deserves no support.''

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Reader Comments (6)

11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Schneider
I have never played the Old Course and chances are minimal that I will. Withstanding this comment I must say that I read with disgust that the authorities have plans to change certain aspects of the course. This course has been fully tested over time and the result always brings out the true champion of the time. Every aspect of a golfers talent is well tested at this venue and of course we know how the course can change in dry conditions and how it plays so difficult in the wind. Just leave the 'Old Lady' alone.
Peter Dawson is rapidly emerging as the stereotypical old guy who is totally out of touch with what golf is and what it should be. Between the farce of protecting the game by eliminating anchoring and the extreme arrogance, as Thomson so aptly stated, to tweak the Old Course he has demonatrated he believes his view of the golf world is the one we must all bow to. Shame on Mike Davis for kowtowing to this guy.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn M
Thank you, Vossy. One needn't ever playTOC to feel the loss of something unique, historical and very special when the [insert your preferred noun] take their way.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
Great AMac quote to lead the day, Geoff. As have they all been this week, per usual. Thank you.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
I seem to recall Thomson was a point man for the R&A prior to the last Open to defend the use of tees of property. What an amazing group of statements when you consider he was defending the group just two or so years ago.
11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterOB

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