GOLF: TV analyst Venturi dies; won '64 Open

2013-05-18T00:00:00Z GOLF: TV analyst Venturi dies; won '64 OpenThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Former U.S. Open champion and television analyst Ken Venturi died Friday, 12 days after he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was 82.

His son, Matt Venturi, said he died at a Rancho Mirage, Calif., hospital, where he spent the last two months with a spinal infection, pneumonia and an intestinal infection.

Ken Venturi was all about overcoming the odds. He won the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional despite playing with dehydration. He overcame a stuttering problem as a kid in San Francisco to spend 35 years in the CBS Sports golf broadcast booth until 2002.

"Doctors told his mother ... he will never be able to say his own name," Jim Nantz, who worked alongside Venturi, said at the May 6 Hall of Fame induction. "That's what drove him to golf, to sit on a range, beating balls, hearing himself in total clarity in his head, 'This is to win the U.S. Open.' And he overcame that with great will ... and became the longest-running lead analyst in the history of sports television."

In the excessively hot 1964 U.S. Open, the last year the final round was 36 holes, Venturi had severe dehydration and a doctor recommended he stop playing because it could be fatal.

Venturi pressed on to the finish, closed with a 70 and was heard to say, "My God, I've won the U.S. Open."

Venturi also was the 2000 Presidents Cup captain.

PGA Tour

IRVING, Texas - Keegan Bradley shot a 1-under 69 on Friday in a round that started and ended with bogeys, good enough for a three-stroke lead after two rounds in the Byron Nelson Championship.

A day after setting the TPC Four Seasons course record with a 60, also with two bogeys, Bradley went into the weekend at 11-under 129 - the lowest 36-hole Nelson total since 2001. Tom Gillis, who shot 63, and Sang-Moon Bae were tied for second.

LPGA Tour

MOBILE, Ala. - Jessica Korda shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Hall of Famer Karrie Webb after the second round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. Korda had seven birdies to reach 13 under. Webb birdied the last three holes for a 63.

European Tour

KAVARNA, Bulgaria - Ian Poulter was eliminated from the World Match Play Championship after losing to Thomas Aiken, 1 up, in the round-robin tourney.

The round of 16 pairing: Branden Grace vs. Brett Rumford; Richard Sterne vs. Chris Wood; Molinari vs. Carl Pettersson; Shane Lowry vs. Aiken; Jamieson vs. Felipe Aguilar; Jaidee vs. Peter Hanson; Fernandez-Castano vs. Nicolas Colsaerts; and Graeme McDowell vs. Bo Van Pelt.

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