COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - The Eagle Creek golfing community is reacting to Ken Venturi's death. Venturi was a long time member of Eagle Creek and a resident of Marco Island before moving back to California last year.
Venturi is most known for winning the U.S. Open in 1964 and spending 35 years as a CBC golf analyst. He died at the age of 82, just 12 days after he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
His son, Matt Venturi, told the Associated Press his dad died Friday afternoon in a hospital in Rancho Mirage, California. He says Venturi had been hospitalized the last two months for a spinal infection, pneumonia and an intestinal infection.
Venturi was all about overcoming the odds. He won the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional despite playing with severe dehydration. He overcame a stuttering problem as a kid in San Francisco to spend 35 years in the broadcast booth with CBS Sports. He also was the Presidents Cup captain in 2000.
Venturi was inducted into the Hall of Fame on May 6.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)