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Tom Weiskopf Dies at Age 79: COURSE Architect Won The Open Championship in 1973

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Former Open Championship winner, golf architect and broadcaster Tom Weiskopf died on Saturday of pancreatic cancer. He was 79.

“The PGA Tour is saddened at the passage of Tom Weiskopf, a towering figure in golf not merely during his playing career but through his accomplished work in the broadcast booth and course design business,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement. “Tom is abandoning a lasting legacy in golf. The stunning swing he showcased during his 16 career PGA Tour victories continues to be being emulated today, while his golf courses remain as testaments to his love for the overall game. Our hearts and deepest sympathies are along with his wife, Laurie, two children, Heidi and Eric, and the complete Weiskopf family during this time period.”

All of those other golf world also reacted to the news headlines of Weiskopf’s death:

GARY PLAYER @garyplayer

Sending my deepest condolences to Tom Weiskopfs family. Another great life gone too early because of pancreatic cancer. Rest In Peace, Tom. pic.twitter.com/ngROcrWWYX

Tom Watson @TomWatsonPGA

I send my deepest sympathies to the household of Tom Weiskopf. Will miss you as well as your stories. RIP my pal. PC has struck again..

Scott Van Pelt @notthefakeSVP

Sitting at the street Hole for 4 days close to Tom Weiskopf at The Open was the very best.

Calling golf was fun, sure. But his stories, wisdom, kindness & the laughs shared remain the items I treasure and always will. Want to Laurie and all his friends and family everywhere.

Arron Oberholser @ArronOberholser

RIP Tom Weiskopf. Underrated great player, underrated fantastic architect. Love his reachable risk/reward 5s, short tough 3s and especially his great drivable 4s on almost every course he designed.

Annika Sorenstam @ANNIKA59

Sorry to listen to the passage of Tom Weiskopf. Thoughts and prayers to his family. Great talent on the course and second career in course architecture. #rip

Rick Reilly @ReillyRick

Hate to listen to concerning the death of Tom Weiskopf. He was an excellent player, funny storyteller, wonderful golf architect. Lived a large life. #RIP

Bob Harig @BobHarig

Tom Weiskopf infamously skipped the 1977 Ryder Cup (after playing previous two) to go hunting but won 16 times on PGA Tour in era of Jack including 1973 Open at Troon. also prolific course designer. not in World Golf Hall of Fame.

Weiskopf won 16 PGA Tour events during his career, though his only major came at the 1973 Open Championship. Four times he finished because the runner-up at The Masters, getting the misfortune of running in to the legendary Jack Nicklaus throughout his career.

Nicklaus, needless to say, won an archive 18 majors during his career.

“Jack knew he would beat you,” Weiskopf said of his rival. “You knew Jack would beat you. And Jack knew you knew he would beat you.”

Weiskopf was renowned for a picaresque swing and a lot of power. He was probably the most talented players of his time, though his playing career didn’t reach the heights he’d have liked, which he attributed to a drinking habit he kicked once and for all in 2007.

But he found another and third life after his playing days in the activity, both as a broadcaster for CBS, ESPN and ABC so when a training course designer.

Among his designs was Scottsdale’s Troon North, Scotland’s Loch Lomond, TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course and San Antonio’s La Cantera.

“I look at golf courses plenty of various ways, but I consider the aesthetic course each course can provide,” he said in 2017. “You create aesthetic value insurance firms big mature trees, beautiful vista water features and bunker styles. That creates the wonder of the course, I think. How will you look for a better little bit of property than this little bit of property, for 36 holes of golf?”

Also it was for the reason that second pursuit that Weiskopf appeared to find his true calling.

“I will did more,” he told Golf Digest in 2009. “But I don’t dwell onto it anymore. I’ll say this, though: If it wasn’t for the truth that I really like so much what I’m doing now [golf course design], I’d probably be an extremely unhappy person.”

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