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Golfing legend “Buffalo Bill” Billy Casper passes away at age 83

Billy Casper (2010 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Often overshadowed by the rising careers of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer, who were considered to be the “Big Three” during that era,  Billy Casper was a star in his own right. He was one of the most prolific tournament winners on the PGA TOUR from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s.

The winner of 51 tournaments and one of the sport’s finest putters, suffered a heart attack and died Saturday at his home in Springville, Utah. He was 83.

Casper is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley, 11 children, six of whom are adopted, and 71 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Known by his colleagues as “Buffalo Bill” due to his diet of exotic meats such as caribou, elk, hippopotamus and buffalo.

Casper got started in golf at the age of seven with the urging of his father. He spent one semester at the University of Notre Dame before returning to his native San Diego. He married his wife, Shirley in 1952. Before turning professional in 1954, he played in several amateur tournament around the San Diego area against fellow native Gene Littler.

Speaking of Littler, Casper won the  1970 Masters Tournament in the event’s last 18-hole playoff over his childhood friend. He defeated Littler by five shots.

Between 1956 until 1975, Casper won 51 PGA TOUR titles — including three major championships — and led the money list in 1966 and 1968. His 51 career victories place him seventh on the TOUR’s all-time victories list.

Casper won at least one PGA TOUR title for 16 consecutive years and earned titles in three different decades. He also enjoyed 14 seasons where he won at least two tournaments, the high mark coming in 1968 when he earned six tournament titles. That streak is the third longest streak on tour, trailing only Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who each won on TOUR in 17 straight seasons.

In 1979, Casper captained the U.S. squad to victory over Europe.

On the Senior Tour, which is now the Champions Tour, earned nine wins including two senior majors.

In 1978, Casper became inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame along with Dorothy Campbell Hurd Howe, Bing Crosby, Harold Hilton and Clifford Roberts.







COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Upper Arlington cruises to 43-20 win over Walnut Ridge



What do Actress Beverly D’Angelo, Restaurant owner Cameron Mitchell, CBS News’ Erin Moriarty and golfer Jack Nicklaus have in common?

They are all notable alumni of Upper Arlington High School.

(courtesy of Upper Arlington High School)

Those alums would be proud as their Golden Bears defeated the Walnut Ridge Scots with two, 20-points quarters in a 43-20 rout.

Upper Arlington High School ( photo)

Gus Ackley rushed for 120 yards and Chris Frey ran for 118 to lead UA.

The bright spot for the Scots, members of the City League South Division, was a second half kickoff return for a touchdown by Jaishon Johnson.

Tiger Woods wins at Congressional; passes Nicklaus in all-time wins for 2nd place with 74


Tiger Woods has now won 3 tournaments in 2012 ( photo)

Tiger Woods tied Jack Nicklaus for all-time PGA Tour wins with 73 at the Memorial Tournament back in June.

With his latest win on Sunday, he now has 74 wins and has passed his golfing idol. He is now 8 wins behind Sam Snead who has 82.

Woods held off  Bo Van Pelt on the back nine of the Blue Course at Congressional Country Club on Sunday to win the AT&T National in Bethesda, Maryland.

In this comeback season for Woods, she has risen to number-4 in the world golf rankings behind Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood.

With his final-round of 2-under par 69, Woods beat the scrappy Van Pelt by two shots and became the first golfer to earn three wins on Tour this season. Adam Scott finished third at 5-under-par 67 on Sunday.

In his career, this is the 12th time that Woods has won at least three times. He has three wins in his last seven starts.

Woods went 41 holes without a bogey until needing six strokes to get off the par-5 16th. He took the outright lead by making a 6-foot putt for par on the 17th as Van Pelt made bogey. Bogeys on the last three holes hurt Van Pelt’s chances.


Info compiled from PGA Tour News


Renovations at Muirfield for Memorial Tournament and continues for 2013 President’s Cup


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Fans of the Memorial Tournament have noticed quite a few changes this year at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

In years past, the shuttle vans and buses would drop people off on at the Kinross entrance to the course. But this year, Tournament Director Dan Sullivan and the rest of the powers that be, decided a new entrance was needed.

Jack Nicklaus talks about changes to driving range ( photo)

There has been a bus depot created into a turnaround on Memorial Drive by the driving range and another one at the main entrance.

The driving range gives the spectators more of a view and how much goes into the players practice before the actual rounds of golf. The improvement allows the golfers to actually simulate what goes on the course with driving greens as well.

Jack Nicklaus, founder and course architect at Muirfield has been giving the course improvements, little-by-little in preparation for the 2013 President’s Cup.

The driving range went from 286 yards and now measures 330 feet. He added mounding and trees, greens and replica fairways as well.

One last change noticed by fans this week is the hospitality area. All tents have been moved to the middle of the course right off the 10th fairway.

Golfers in new driving range area (

Nicklaus always says he is never satisfied and is always looking for ways to improve the course and tournament.

Two-hour rain delay, 55-degree temperature, gusty winds can’t stop Sabbatini, Woods at Memorial


(courtesy of Memorial Tournament)

Friday’s second round of the Memorial Tournament had just about everything; driving rain, a two-hour rain delay, gusty and swirling winds and a 55-degree temperature.


But those conditions, have to be ignored when you play on the PGA Tour.

Rory Sabbatini, Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk all had solid days and are the leaders of Jack Nicklaus’ tournament heading into the third round on Saturday.

Sabbatini is the leader, Woods is tied for second and Furyk is tied for third.

Sabbatini shot his second straight 69 for a 6-under 138 and a one-stroke lead over Woods.

Woods had a 5-under 139 on Friday. Four of Woods’ five birdies came on putts of 6 feet or less.

Rory Sabbatini (photo by Jeffrey Gordon & Austin512 via wikipedia commons)

Furyk carded a 68 and came in at 4-under 140.

Twenty-three golfers broke par on Friday, but only seven broke a 70.


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