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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.