Date of birth: May 15, 1931
Place of birth: San Fransico, California
Date of death: May 17, 2013
PGA Tour Victories:
U.S. Open: 1964
Awards and Honors:
PGA Player of the Year, 1964
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, 1964
Member, U.S. Ryder Cup team, 1965
Captain, U.S. Presidents Cup team, 2000
Member, U.S. Walker Cup team, 1953
Ken Venturi: "In every decision I've considered in my life, the determining question I would ask myself was: 'Would my mother and father be proud?' "
Venturi's 35 years with CBS made him the longest-serving lead analyst in sports broadcasting history at the time of his retirement in 2003.
Ken Venturi Biography:
Venturi won the California State Amateur titles in 1951 and '56, and after his near-miss at the '56 Masters he placed 8th at the U.S. Open. Also in 1956, Venturi was one of the participants in a legendary four-ball challenge match that, decades later, was the basis of Mark Frost's book The Match.
Although he didn't win The Masters in 1958, Venturi did lead the PGA Tour with four victories that year. He won at least twice each year from 1957 through 1960, but not again for three years following an auto accident in 1961.
Then Venturi won three more times in 1964, including the U.S. Open. However, by this time Venturi was suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists. Surgery improved the condition, and he won once more in 1966, but Venturi's career was essentially over at age 33 following the 1964 season.
He joined CBS in 1967 and remained the network's lead golf analyst until 2002. It was a remarkable career development given his childhood stuttering problems. Venturi was a highly popular broadcaster, especially teaming with play-by-play announcer Pat Summerall.
He ran the Guiding Eyes Golf Classic, an event that raised money for providing guide dogs to the blind, for 27 years, and his name is attached to a series of golf instructional schools.
In late 2012, it was announced that Venturi had been selected for enshrinement into the World Golf Hall of Fame through the Lifetime Achievement category. His death occurred barely a week after the induction ceremony - which Venturi was unable to attend - in May 2013.