Orville Moody waves his cap after winning the 1969 U.S. Open. Please upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or use a I said, 'I'm taking up the loneliest sport I know,' and picked up a set of hickory shaft across the street from a man and went to Harding Park and played my first round of golf.". Venturi was born May 15, 1931, in San Francisco, and he developed his game at Harding Park Golf Course. Venturi died shortly after he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on May 6. Ken Venturi spent 35 years working as a color commentator and lead analyst for CBS Sports' golf coverage. Get the Monitor Stories you care about delivered to your inbox. He had been hospitalized for two months for a spinal infection, pneumonia, and an intestinal infection. He missed the US Open three straight years until he narrowly qualified for Congressional. Andy Zhang, 2012 A cool thing about the U.S. Open qualification process is there’s no age limit. Stay informed about the latest scientific discoveries & breakthroughs. He was buried at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, California. Three years later she changed colleges at the last minute, electing San Jose State "because Ken Venturi was going there.". 2020 (AP Photo). He couldn't make it to the induction. Running 108 local qualifiers and 12 sectional qualifiers simply isn’t feasible in these times, so the U.S. Open will feature a fully exempt field for the first time in a very long time.

"When Dad did receive the election into the Hall of Fame, he had a twinkle in his eye, and that twinkle is there every day," Tim Venturi said that night. Matt Venturi said services were pending. You are using an unsupported version of Internet Explorer. Ken will forever be remembered as a consummate gentleman, and he will be truly missed.". She is also called on to model in neighborhood style shows and will soon, like Ken, model professionally for a sportswear firm. That's when he moved into the booth as the lead analyst for CBS Sports, and his voice filled living rooms for the next 35 years until he retired in 2002. "Ken says he remembers meeting me that first time but I really don't think he does.". "If there is some sense of fairness, it is that Ken was inducted into a Hall of Fame that he very much deserved to be in and, in fact, should have been in for many years," Nicklaus said. As the 2009 Masters Golf Tournament is here again, I`m saddened not to hear commentary by Ken Venturi. "I saw Ken play golf when I was 16 and he was 19. march 7: Arnold Palmer, one of the greatest players in the history of golf, has been accused of cheating in a new book by former US Open champion Ken Venturi. "His unique perspective and poetic delivery as an announcer enhanced countless memorable moments in golf, making his voice and presence as indelible as the historic tournaments he covered.

(AP Photo) Getty Images film, "Through his competitive days and unequalled broadcasting career, Kenny became a human bridge connecting everyone from Sarazen, Nelson and Hogan to the greatest players of today's generation. ". "He was a deeply principled man with a dynamic presence. Venturi was all about overcoming the odds. Golf Channel, All Rights Reserved.

Images of Ken Venturi, from his U.S. Open victory in 1964 to his career as a broadcaster. Jan. 31, 1966 - Ken Venturi is presented with the winner's check of $8,500 at Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif.