News Sports: Tom Weiskopf, Open Championship champion and 16-time PGA Tour champion, passed away over the weekend after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 79 years old. The 1973 Claret Jug winner was one of the stars of the Jack Nicklaus-Arnold Palmer-Gary Player era, who played most of his career in the 1960s and 1970s when the PGA Tour began to emerge as the preeminent golf tournament in the world.
He is also a threat to himself, often undermining his chances of winning more major tournaments and championships because he doesn’t know how to keep a cool head in the face of adversities. Many believe that although he has won a number of noble championships, even in his 50s, Weiskopf’s CV is not what it should be.
Weiskopf is a threat in major championships. As well as winning the Royal Troon in his career year 1973, he finished second at the Masters four times and finished in the top 10 of 21 of his 71 major championships. From the 1973 US Open to the 1974 Masters, his worst result was a T6 at the 1973 PGA Championship.
This is Jaime Diaz from 1995 when Weiskopf won the US Open.
Weiskopf became famous later for his golf course design, creating or contributing to venues such as TPC Scottsdale, Olympic Club, Silverleaf Club, Troon North Golf Club, and Yellowstone Club in Montana. He has always been a proponent of drivable par 4s, which shines through in his work. One of them, the 17th hole at TPC Scottsdale, is one of the most famous holes on the PGA Tour.
Weiskopf was diagnosed with cancer in December 2020, and during this year’s Byron Nelson festival – held at another Weiskopf design at TPC Craigh Ranch – he noted how difficult the years have been and how he struggled with the cancer he eventually got. unbearable. “It’s just one thing,” says Weiskopf. “The easiest thing in the world is to give up. You have to keep moving forward, day in and day out, day in and day out, no matter how bad you feel. And just believe that at the end of the day, you’ll be fine. “