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Ken Venturi joins elite class

He will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in May.

by Southland GolfPublished: November, 2012



Ken Venturi, whose dramatic victory over Tommy Jacobs, in the 1964 U.S. Open, will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in May.

Venturi won the Open despite advice from doctors to withdraw due to excessive heat and severe dehydration. Temperatures at the Congressional Country Club that June topped 100 degrees.

He won 13 other times on the PGA Tour before carpel tunnel syndrome forced him out of the game following a Ryder Cup appearance on the winning U.S. team.

"Ken Venturi's victory in the 1964 U.S. Open remains one of the greatest moments in the championship's 112-year history," said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. "His ability to overcome extremely difficult conditions…personifies the perseverance, determination and execution required to be a U.S. Open champion."

Venturi joined CBS Sports as a golf commentator and forged a 35-year career in the broadcast booth and became one of the most respected voices in golf.

"The greatest reward in life is to be remembered, and I thank the World Golf Hall of Fame for remembering me," Venturi said. "It's the dream of a lifetime."


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