Ken Venturi dies at 82

Posted at 8:43 PM, May 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-17 20:43:03-04

Ken Venturi waves to winner Bob Estes from the broadcast booth during the final round of the Kemper Open in 2002. (Roberto Borea / Associated Press / June 2, 2002)

(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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