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Remembering Tom Weiskopf

Tom Weiskopf, the Champion Golfer of the Year in 1973, has passed away at the age of 79.

Tom Weiskopf Zimbali Golf Course

After winning his only major championship at Royal Troon, the respected American went on to win 28 professional titles in an impressive career.

Weiskopf won 16 PGA Tour titles between 1968 and 1982, making it his most successful decade. In 1973, he was ranked as the second-best player in the world.

Born in Massillon, Ohio, in 1942, Weiskopf's first win on the PGA Tour came at the Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational in 1968.

The golf world admired his swing because he hit the ball high, generated tremendous power, and had very good control.

Tom Weiskopf Zimbali Golf Course

Despite his sometimes fiery temper, Weiskopf kept his cool at Troon in 1973 to achieve his greatest feat.

Weiskopf won The Open by three strokes over runners-up Neil Coles from England and American Johnny Miller, the winner of the US Open a month earlier. Jack Nicklaus was fourth a shot further back.

Notably, Weiskopf was a wire-to-wire winner, and his four-round total of 12-under-par 276 matched the then-existing Open record set by Arnold Palmer on the very same course in 1962.

Because of his ability, Weiskopf almost won other majors. He was a runner-up four times in the Masters Tournament (sharing that record with Nicklaus and Ben Hogan), had five top-four finishes at the US Open and four top-eights at the PGA Championship.

He also tied seventh in The Open in 1972 at Muirfield and in 1974 at Royal Lytham & St Annes, with further joy on British soil coming when he won the Benson & Hedges International Open in 1981 at Fulford.

Weiskopf also won the Canadian Open in 1973 and 1975 and was a member of the victorious United States team in the Ryder Cup in both those years.

Weiskopf joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1993 and won several senior tournaments, including one senior major, the 1995 US Senior Open, beating Nicklaus by four strokes.

After winding down his tournament career,

Tom Weiskopf Zimbali Golf Course

Weiskopf became a noted golf course architect, as well as working in broadcasting. He has at least 40 courses to his credit in many parts of the world including Zimbali Golf Course.

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