GolfTom Weiskopf, Former Major Champion, Dies at 79

Tom Weiskopf, Former Major Champion, Dies at 79

Tom Weiskopf, a golf sensation from the 60s and the 70s, died at the age of 79.

Weiskopf had been suffering from pancreatic cancer since 2020. After battling the disease for the past two years, he succumbed to it this Saturday at his home in Big Sky, Montana.

Born in 1942, Thomas Daniel Weiskopf was one of the greatest ever of his era to play the game of golf. Turning professional in 1964, he dominated the professional golf circuit for the remainder of the 60s and also for the most part of the 70s. In his illustrious career that spanned over 30 years, Weiskopf won 16 PGA Tours, including a Major win at The 1973 Open Championship. The American golfer also boasts of being a four-time runner-up of the Masters Tournament.

Later in his career, Weiskopf dedicated his time to designing golf courses. Before his death this Saturday, the former major champion has contributed to the design of around 80 golf courses across the globe, including the North Course at Torrey Pines and the TPC Craig Ranch. He also worked as an analyst for CBS Sports and covered a number of major golf events with his usual free-spirited persona.

Weiskopf, throughout his career, was an outspoken individual who had a fiery temper. Nicknamed The Towering Inferno, he displayed a charismatic personality that was beloved by many at that time. Although the American was greatly successful in his career, it is said that he did not reach his true potential. His long-time rival, Jack Nicklaus once said, “Tom Weiskopf had as much talent as any player I’ve ever seen play the tour.”

Tom Weiskopf battled cancer for around two years. During this time, he received massive support from both his peers and fans. Upon the news of his death, the PGA Tour commissioner issued a statement.

“Tom is leaving behind a lasting legacy in golf. The beautiful swing he showcased during his 16 career PGA Tour victories is still being emulated today, while his golf courses remain as testament to his love for the game,” said commissioner Jay Monahan. With the ultimate demise of Tom Weiskopf, the golf world has lost a gem that made immense contributions to the sport. 

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