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Ken Venturi

Born: 15-May-1931
Birthplace: San Francisco, CA
Died: 17-May-2013
Location of death: Rancho Mirage, CA
Cause of death: Illness [1]

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian [2]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Golf

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Winner of 1964 US Open

Diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in 1964.


[1] Suffered from numerous maladies at the time of his death: Congestive heart failure, pneumonia, spinal and intestinal infections.

[2] Shirley Povich, "The 1964 US Open: Victory in the Heat of Battle", The Washington Post, 11 June 1997: "Venturi, a religious man, considered himself close to the Deity and had arranged with a priest to say his prayers at a local Catholic church the night before the final rounds. He later explained, "I was asking God to help me believe in myself."

Wife: Conni (m. 1954, div. 1970, two sons)
Son: Matthew
Son: Timothy
Wife: Beau Wheat (m. 1972, d. 3-Jul-1997 brain cancer)
Wife: Kathleen

    Winner, US Open 1964
    Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year 1964
    World Golf Hall of Fame 2013
    Heart Bypass Operation quintuple (2006)
    Risk Factors: Prostate Cancer, Stuttering

    TELEVISION
    CBS Lead Golf Analyst, CBS Sports (1968-2002)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Tin Cup (16-Aug-1996) · Himself

Author of books:
Comeback: The Ken Venturi Story (1966)
Getting Up & Down: My 60 Years in Golf (2004)


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