FILE - In this June 19, 2011, file photo, 2011 U.S. Open golf tournament champion Rory McIlroy holds his trophy with former winner Ken Venturi in Bethesda, Md. Venturi, who overcame dehydration to win the 1964 U.S. Open and spent 35 years in the booth for CBS Sports, died Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013. He was 82. His son, Matt Venturi, said he died in a hospital in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Larry French, File) (The Associated Press)
File-This June 20, 1964 file photo shows Ken Venturi making the final putt on the 18th green during the U.S. Open Golf Championship at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. The former U.S. Open champion has died just 12 days after he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was 82. His son, Matt Venturi, says he died Friday May 17, 2013 in a hospital in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Venturi had been hospitalized the last two months for a spinal infection, pneumonia and an intestinal infection. (AP Photo/File) (The Associated Press)
IRVING, Texas – Peggy Nelson says her late husband's face would "light up" whenever he got a call from or thought about Ken Venturi.
Venturi died Friday, in the middle of tournament week for the Byron Nelson Championship.
Venturi overcame dehydration to win the 1964 U.S. Open and spent 35 years in the booth for CBS Sports. He died at age 82, 11 days after being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Venturi retired as CBS's lead analyst in 2002. Lance Barrow, the longtime CBS producer for golf and NFL broadcasts, calls it a sad day. He says it's been an unbelievable month with the deaths of Venturi and Pat Summerall, the broadcaster who died April 16. Summerall was also 82.