The golf world has lost one their own, as Ken Venturi has died at 82 years old, according to the San Francisco Gate, after developing pneumonia and an intestinal infection. Venturi’s death was confirmed by his son, Matt.
Though he was an accomplished amateur player, Venturi’s journey into professional golf was trying. After two losses in the Masters and sustaining injuries in a car accident in 1961, his game fell into a slump that could have ended his career.
However, in 1964 Venturi endured sweltering heat and humidity, winning the U.S. Open. After his final putt in the difficult weater conditions, Venturi raised his arms, mumbling, “Oh my God, I’ve won the Open!”
Venturi turned 82 years old Wednesday (May 15). He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on May 6, though he was unable to attend the ceremony in St. Augustine, Fla.
The video below recaps Venturi’s U.S. Open win, including his tournament-winning putt: