Who's who: Ken Venturi

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Who's who: Ken Venturi

  • Name:

    Kenneth Paul "Ken" Venturi
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1931-2013]. Born on May 15, 1931 in San Francisco, California. Died on May 17, 2013 in Rancho Mirage, California (aged 82).
  • Original/Home Club:

    Harding Park GC, San Francisco.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; golf broadcaster & commentator; founder Ken Venturi Golf Academies.
  • Turned Pro:

    1956

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US Open (1964). Walker Cup player (1953). Ryder Cup player (1965). Presidents Cup captain (2000). Total professional wins (15), including PGA Tour (14). Old Tom Morris Award (2003, GCSAA). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2013).

Did you know?

Venturi, who was a pupil of Byron Nelson and was also much influenced by Ben Hogan, first caught the golfing world's attention at the 1956 Masters Tournament. Aged 24, and still an amateur, he led after each of the first three rounds. A final round 80 put paid to his chances of becoming the only amateur to win The Masters; he finished in second-place, just one shot behind Jack Burke Jr. Venturi retired from the Tour in 1967 with a total of 14 wins, and started a 35-year career as a much admired golf commentator and analyst on television. In addition to his television work, Venturi also became involved in course design and golf instruction schools.

Top tournaments won by Ken Venturi

1964
Awards
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n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Venturi, Ken

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Venturi (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).

1964
America
Firestone CC
275 (-5)
$7,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Venturi, Ken

Venue

Firestone CC

Score

275 (-5)

Prize money

$7,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the American Golf Classic. Second-placed Mason Rudolph (USA) finished 5 shots behind Venturi (USA). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

1964
Majors
278 (-2)
$17,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Venturi, Ken

Score

278 (-2)

Prize money

$17,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (64th) (Jun 18-20). Second-placed Tommy Jacobs (USA) finished 4 shots behind Venturi (USA). Venturi only got into this US Open after playing in local and sectional qualifying events. [Blue course, Congressional CC, Bethesda, Maryland].

1964
America
Wethersfield CC
273 (-11)
$7,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Venturi, Ken

Venue

Wethersfield CC

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

$7,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Insurance City Open. Second-placed Jim Grant (USA), Al Besselink (USA), Paul Bondeson (USA) and Sam Carmichael (USA) finished 1 shot behind Venturi (USA). [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].

1960
America
286 (-2)
$4,000
Bing Crosby

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Venturi, Ken

Score

286 (-2)

Prize money

$4,000

Title sponsor

Bing Crosby

Played as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (Jan 21-24). Second-placed Julius Boros (USA) and Tommy Jacobs (USA) finished 3 shots behind Venturi (USA). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC].

1959
America
278 (-6)
$5,300
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Venturi, Ken

Score

278 (-6)

Prize money

$5,300

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 2-5). Second-placed Art Wall Jr (USA) finished 2 shots behind Venturi (USA). [Rancho Park GC, Los Angeles, CA].

1958
America
269 (-15)
$1,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Venturi, Ken

Score

269 (-15)

Prize money

$1,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Thunderbird Invitational. Second-placed Jimmy Demaret (USA) and Gene Littler (USA) finished 4 shots behind Venturi (USA). [Thunderbird CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].

1958
America
Phoenix CC, AZ
274 (-10)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Venturi, Ken

Venue

Phoenix CC, AZ

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Phoenix Open Invitational (Jan 30-Feb 2). Second-placed Jay Hebert (USA) and Walter Burkemo (USA) finished 1 shot behind Venturi (USA). [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].

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