Iconic American golfer Billy Casper dies at 83
US golfing great Billy Casper, who had the seventh most PGA Tour wins but was still considered one of the game’s most underrated players, died of a heart attack Saturday at the age of 83, ESPN reported.
Casper, described as an underdog, was often overlooked for some of his better-known peers despite a long roster of accomplishments on the green.He was a two-time US Open winner, including an impressive come-from-behind triumph in 1966 when he rallied from a seven-shot deficit to take the trophy. He also won the US Open in 1959 at Winged Foot and the 1970 Masters. He had a total of 51 PGA Tour wins to his name, but the “Big Three”, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, often dominated headlines and basked in golf glory, despite Casper’s feats. From 1964 to 1970, Casper won 27 US events, six more than Palmer and Player combined. Casper was remembered as a skilled competitor and a dedicated family man by his peers, and in 1978 he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
“Billy Casper was one of the greatest family men, be it inside the game of golf or out, I have had the fortunate blessing to meet,” Nicklaus said on his Facebook page.