(LA TIMES) — Ken Venturi, a San Francisco native and the 1964 U.S. Open golf champion, has died. He was 82.
Matt Venturi says his father died Friday afternoon at a hospital in Rancho Mirage, Calif., after a two-month battle with a spinal infection, pneumonia and an intestinal infection.
Venturi is best known for his only major victory when he battled oppressive heat and humidity to win the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., by shooting 66-70 on the final day. He also was runner-up in the 1956 and 1960 Masters.
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