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US Open Champion and CBS Analyst Venturi dies
Ken Venturi the 1964 U.S. Open Champion, 14-time PGA Tour winner and CBS Golf Analyst for 35 years died today, 11 days after his induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Venturi died at the age of 82 after having been hospitalized for the last two months with a spinal infection, pneumonia, and an intestinal infection.

The native Californian reached the pinnacle of his career when winning the U.S. Open in 1964 at Congressional Country Club, after nearly collapsing in the heat and humidity of the 36-hole final day. He received that year's Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsman of the Year" award and PGA Player of the Year award. After retiring in 1967, Venturi joined CBS as color commentator and lead analyst for CBS Sports. He retired from the position in 2002.

''We all knew what a wonderful player Ken Venturi was, and how he fashioned a second successful career as an announcer,'' Jack Nicklaus said. '

'But far more important than how good he was at playing the game or covering it, Ken was my friend. Ken was fortunate in that the game of golf gave him so much, but without question, Ken gave back far more to the game he loved than he ever gained from it. Over the years, Ken developed a circle of friends that is enormous and whose collective heart is heavy today.''

''His tremendous accomplishments on the golf course were certainly Hall of Fame worthy on their own, but in Ken one finds a rare example of a golfer whose second career, in television, rivaled the legendary status of his competitive achievements,'' PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said.

''His unique perspective and poetic delivery as an announcer enhanced countless memorable moments in golf, making his voice and presence as in indelible as the historic tournaments he covered. Ken will forever be remembered as a consummate gentleman, and he will be truly missed.''

Venturi is survived by his wife and two sons.

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