Ken Venturi passes away at 82

7:51 PM, May 17, 2013   |    comments
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Palm Springs, CA (Sports Network) - Recent World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Ken Venturi passed away on Friday at the age of 82.

Venturi, who battled heat stroke en route to winning the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional, had his playing career cut short by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

He went on to become an analyst for CBS Sports golf coverage for 35 years, and was inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame May 6 for his lifetime of achievements in the game.

Venturi won 14 times in all on the PGA Tour, before being forced into retirement.

His son, Matt, confirmed his father's passing to the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday.

The elder Venturi had been hospitalized for some two months with a variety of health issues. Along with pneumonia, Venturi had been battling infections to his back and his intestine.

Due to his failing health, Venturi's longtime CBS Sports partner, Jim Nantz, inducted Venturi into the World Golf Hall of Fame, and added a few remarks on his behalf.

Venturi's two sons were also introduced at the ceremony and briefly thanked the Hall on their father's behalf.

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