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Tom Weiskopf, 16-time PGA Tour winner and 1973 Open Championship winner, died Saturday at his home in Montana, his wife said. He was 79 years old.
Weiskopf was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2020. Laurie Weiskopf said her husband worked last week at the Club at Spanish Peaks and attended a legacy luncheon at the signature club where he was designing “The Legacy: Tom’s Ten “, a collection of his 10 by 3 favorites.
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“He worked all the way. It was amazing. He had a great life,” she said.
Weiskopf was also known for failing to win major tournaments. He finished runner-up in the Masters four times – the most for a player who didn’t win a green jacket. In 1975, he and Johnny Miller watched Jack Nicklaus masterfully birdie from 40 feet.
In a 2008 Golf Digest interview, he said of Nicklaus, “Coming up against Jack Nicklaus in a major tournament was like trying to empty the Pacific Ocean with a cup of tea. You stand on the first tee knowing that your best golf might not be good enough.”
He edged out Miller, Nicklaus and Neil Coles in 1973 for victory at the British Open. He was 12 under par for the tournament.
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Weiskopf was also known for his architectural chops. He partnered with Jay Moorish at Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1986 and was named one of the best new courses by Golf Digest. He and Moorish have worked on 25 courses together.
He has worked on around 80 courses, including Loch Lomond in Scotland, and helped renovate the North Course at Torrey Pines.
“I should have done more,” he once told Golf Digest of his career. “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) so much, I’d probably be a very unhappy person. .”
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Of his 16 PGA Tour victories, three have come at the Kemper Open and two at the Canadian Open and BVI Philadelphia Golf Classic. He also won the Benson & Hedges International Open on the European Tour in 1981. He won the US Senior Open in 1995 over Nicklaus by four strokes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.