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Venturi, US Open champion and CBS analyst, dies

Venturi, US Open champion and CBS analyst, dies
This June 20, 1964 file photo shows golfer Ken Venturi getting a kiss from his wife Conni as he accepts the title holder's silver cup of the U.S. Open golf tournament, after a searing final round on the Congressional Country Club course at Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/File)
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Former U.S. Open champion Ken Venturi has died just 12 days after he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was 82.

His son, Matt Venturi, says he died Friday afternoon in a hospital in Rancho Mirage, Calif. 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.
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