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Venturi: Oh my God, I've won the U.S. Open

Venturi: Oh my God, I’ve won the U.S. Open

Golfing great and legendary broadcaster Ken Venturi passed away on Friday after being hospitalized for nearly two months from pneumonia and infections in his back and intestines. Venturi, who won the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional, was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame last October and he was not well enough to travel to St. Augustine, Florida, for the induction ceremony on May 6th.

We all have our memories of Mr. Venturi and I’ll share my own. 

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If it involves Colin Montgomerie, chances are there’s drama involved or a row brewing between him and another player or the American fans. Well, Monty, who dominated the European Tour in the ’90s and was one of the most winning players in the Ryder Cup with a record of 20–9–7, will join Fred Couples, Willie Park Jr., Ken Venturi and Ken Schofield, as inductees of the World Golf Hall of Fame’s class of 2013.

The results of the International ballots were revealed on Tuesday morning by the WGHOF. Similar to the U.S. ballot, no player received the minimum 65% of the vote, so the criteria is lowered to 50%.

Montgomerie earned 51% of the vote–the bare minimum–just like Couples on the U.S. ticket. Schofield, the former First Secretary and Executive Director of The European Tour, was selected in the Lifetime Achievement Category.

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How about that clubhouse?? (View from 10 green)

Hello from Congressional! I can’t believe it’s been a year since Pebble Beach (and my first major). I feel so grown up! — actually, not really, but I can’t even begin to describe how much I’ve learned since then (you know, like, don’t accidentally wander into the Player’s Lounge looking for the ladies’ room…). Anyway, since I kicked off the day at Ken Venturi’s presser, it was going to be a hard act to beat. Oh, by the way, as I walked into the interview room, I spotted this sign (bottom left), which made me chuckle.

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Venturi: "My God, I've won the Open."

When the first US Open was played at Congressional in 1964, it wasn’t just the toughest exam in golf, it became a real matter of life and death for the eventual champion, Ken Venturi. He survived the last year when the final day of the US Open was a grueling 36-hole test of endurance. With the temperature soaring near 104 degrees, not to mention the high humidity, Venturi lost 8 pounds and consumed 18 salt tablets on his way to beating Ray Floyd by four shots at the end of it all.

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