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

“The PGA Tour is saddened by the passing of Tom Weiskopf, a towering figure in the game of golf not only during his playing career, but also through his work in the broadcast booth and golf course design” said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. said in a press release. “Tom leaves behind a lasting legacy in golf. The magnificent swing he showcased in his 16 career PGA Tour victories still resonates today, while his golf courses are testament to his love for the game. game. Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to his wife, Laurie, his two children, Heidi and Eric, and the entire Weiskopf family during this time.”

The rest of the golf world also reacted to the news of Weiskopf’s death:

GARY PLAYER @gary player

I send my deepest condolences to the family of Tom Weiskopf. Another beautiful life gone too soon due to pancreatic cancer. Rest in peace Tom. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ngROcrWWYX

Thomas Watson @TomWatsonPGA

I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Tom Weiskopf. You and your stories will be missed. RIP my friend. PC strikes again..

Scott Van Pelt @notthefakePlease

Sitting at the Road Hole for 4 days next to Tom Weiskopf at The Open was the absolute best.

Calling golf was fun, of course. But his stories, his wisdom, his kindness & the shared laughter remain the things I cherish and always will. Love to Laurie and all her family and friends everywhere.

Arron Oberholser @ArronOberholser

RIP Tom Weiskopf. Underrated great player, underrated fantasy architect. I love his 5 accessible risk/reward, his 3 short and hard and especially his excellent 4 rideable on just about any course he designed.

Annika Sorenstam @ANNIKA59

Sorry to hear of Tom Weiskopf’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to his family. Great talent on the course and second career in golf course architecture. #rip

Rick Reilly @ReillyRick

I hate to hear of Tom Weiskopf’s death. He was a great player, a fun storyteller, a wonderful golf architect. Lived a great life. #RIP

Bob Harig @Bob Harig

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

Weiskopf won 16 PGA Tour events during his career, although his only major came at the 1973 Open Championship. throughout his career.

Nicklaus, of course, has won a record 18 majors in his career.

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

Weiskopf was renowned for his picaresque swing and great power. He was one of the most talented players of his time, although his playing career did not reach the heights he would have liked, which he assigned to a drinking habit that he finally gave up in 2007.

But he found a second and third life after his playing days in the sport, both as a broadcaster for CBS, ESPN and ABC and as a course designer.

Among his creations 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 in different ways, but I look at the aesthetic course that each course can provide,” he said in 2017. “water and bunker styles. creates the beauty of the golf course I think. How could you find a better property than this, for 36 holes of golf?”

And it was in this second pursuit that Weiskopf seemed to find his true calling.

“I should have done more,” he said golf summary in 2009. “But I don’t dwell on it anymore. I will say this though: if it weren’t for the fact that I love what I do now [golf course design]I would probably be a very unhappy person.”

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