Jimmy Thomson was born in North Berwick, the son of pro golfer Wilfred Thomson. His cousin Jack White won the 1904 Open Championship. In 1921 his father Wilfred was appointed pro at The Country Club of Virginia. The following year Jimmy sailed to the U.S. with his mother and sister. Thomson finished second in the 1935 US Open and in the 1936 PGA Championship. In all, Thomson played in 17 US Opens and 14 PGA Championships. He was also known for his personal life as a celebrity having appeared in the movie “The Caddy” with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin and was also featured in “Shoot Yourself Some Golf” with Ronald Reagan. He was married to silent film star Viola Dana from 1930 to 1945.