Palm Springs, CA (Sports Network) - Recent World Golf Hall of Fame inductee
Ken Venturi passed away on Friday at the age of 82.
Venturi, who battled heat stroke en route to winning the 1964 U.S. Open at
Congressional, had his playing career cut short by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
He went on to become an analyst for CBS Sports golf coverage for 35 years, and
was inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame May 6 for his lifetime of
achievements in the game.
Venturi won 14 times in all on the PGA Tour, before being forced into
His son, Matt, confirmed his father's passing to the San Francisco Chronicle
The elder Venturi had been hospitalized for some two months with a variety of
health issues. Along with pneumonia, Venturi had been battling infections to
his back and his intestine.
Due to his failing health, Venturi's longtime CBS Sports partner, Jim Nantz,
inducted Venturi into the World Golf Hall of Fame, and added a few remarks on
Venturi's two sons were also introduced at the ceremony and briefly thanked
the Hall on their father's behalf.
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