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Friday, May 17 2013 05:16 PM

Ken Venturi dies; was US Open golf champion and CBS analyst

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    By John Middlebrook/Cal Sport Media/ZUMAPRESS

    Rory McIlroy poses with golf great Ken Venturi after winning the 111th US Open at the US Open Championship at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD.

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Former U.S. Open champion Ken Venturi has died, just 12 days after he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was 82.

His son, Matt Venturi, said he died Friday afternoon in a hospital in Rancho Mirage. Venturi had been hospitalized the last two months for a spinal infection, pneumonia and an intestinal infection.

Venturi was all about overcoming the odds. He won the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional despite playing with severe dehydration. He overcame a stuttering problem as a kid in San Francisco to spend 35 years in the broadcast booth with CBS Sports. He also was the Presidents Cup captain in 2000.

Venturi was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame on May 6.

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