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Posts Tagged ‘World Golf Hall of Fame.’

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.







LPGA star Pak out indefinitely with left shoulder problems


Se Ri Pak (2009 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

LPGA star Se Ri Pak will be missing from the tour indefinitely after suffering a slight tear in the labrum of her left shoulder when she slipped on stairs on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old from Korea, has 32 professional wins since arriving on the scene in 1996. 25 of those wins on the LPGA Tour.

She is a 2007 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee.


Info compiled from LPGA, Radio, TV & Golf reports

World Golf Hall of Fame to induct four


Ernie Els, is going to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The three-time major champion, was among six people inducted into the shrine in St. Augustine, Florida.

Els was elected on the PGA Tour ballot. Jumbo Ozaki of Japan, who won more than 100 tournaments, was chosen on the international ballot.

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Doug Ford and the late Jock Hutchison, both two-time major champions, were selected in the veterans category.

Former President George H.W. Bush and the late Frank Chirkinian, the television golf producer for CBS Sports, were selected through the lifetime achievement category.


compiled from PGA Tour & PGA of America news

Jumbo Ozaki earns place in Golf Hall of Fame

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Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki finally gets to celebrate on American soil when he is elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

He will be inducted May 9 in St. Augustine, Florida at the World Golf Village, along with Ernie Els, Doug Ford, the late Jock Hutchison and former President George H.W. Bush.

Ozaki, who was elected through the international ballot, won more than 100 tournaments and led the Japan Golf Tour money list 12 times.

compiled from staff & World Golf Hall of Fame news