Notable Deaths In Golf In 2013

Terrill “Terry” McCabe: The golf club designer died of cardiac arrest at the age of 67 on April 12. McCabe became a golf professional in 1969 and later designed the first commercially successful metal wood, the TaylorMade Burner and Tour Preferred Drivers. He is known best for his work at Titleist, and more specifically, designing the 975 Series driver.

Ken Venturi: After being hospitalized for two months with a spinal infection, pneumonia and an intestinal infection, Venturi died at the age of 82 on May 17 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. It came 11 days after he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He won 14 tournaments between 1957 and 1966, before his career was cut short due to circulatory problems in his hands. He also played on one Ryder Cup team and was the U.S. captain at the 2000 Presidents Cup. He began working for CBS in 1968 as a golf broadcaster, and stayed for 35 years despite having a severe stuttering problem as a child.


Miller Barber: On June 11, the 82-year-old Barber died while in hospice care in Scottsdale, Ariz. The cause was a recurrence of cancer (lymphoma) he originally battled in 2012. Barber won 11 tournaments on the PGA Tour before joining the Champions Tour in 1980, where he won 24 titles, including a record three U.S. Senior Opens.


Bernard Hunt: The British Ryder Cup golfer died on June 21 at the age of 83 after a long illness. Hunt was a two-time Ryder Cup captain, and as a player competed in eight of nine Ryder Cups between 1953 and ’69. His run included being a part of the famous 1957 team, which claimed victory over the United States for the first time in 24 years.

Frank Stranahan: A legendary amateur golfer, Stranahan died at the age of 90 in West Palm Beach, Fla., on June 23. He won 51 amateur titles, six PGA Tour events, and was a three-time runner-up in major championships. Also an advocate of bodybuilding and healthy living well before fitness became the rage in the pro game, Stranahan developed a specialized weight-lifting regimen that would be suitable for a golf swing.

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