Who's who in golf - Ken Venturi


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Name: - Kenneth Paul "Ken" Venturi
Country: - USA
Born : - 1931-2013. Born May 15, 1931 in San Francisco, California / died 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). Walker Cup player (1953). Ryder Cup player (1965). Presidents Cup captain (2000). Total professional wins (15), of which US PGA Tr (14). Old Tom Morris Award (2003, GCSAA). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2013).


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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

1964Men AmericaAmerican ClassicFirestone CC275 (-5)$7,500
Played as the American Golf Classic. Second-placed Mason Rudolph (USA) finished 5 shots behind Venturi (USA). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
1964Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
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).
1964Men AmericaTravelers Ch'shipWethersfield CC273 (-11)$7,500
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].
1964Men MajorsUS OpenCongressional CC278 (-2)$17,000
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].
1960Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach286 (-2)$4,000
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].
1959Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRancho Park278 (-6)$5,300
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].
1958Men AmericaPhoenix OpenPhoenix CC, AZ274 (-10)$2,000
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].
1958Men AmericaThunderbird InvtlThunderbird CC269 (-15)$1,500
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].

 

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