Professional Golfer. Casper was a Hall of Famer who won two U.S. Opens and a Masters. He won 51 PGA Tour events and played on eight U.S. Ryder Cup teams. His 51 tour wins ranks seventh on the all-time list, and from 1964 through 1970 his 27 victories topped every player in the world. He totaled two more wins than Jack Nicklaus, 13 more than Arnold Palmer and 14 more than Gary Player. He was PGA Tour Player of the Year twice, 1966 and 1970, and led the tour in scoring average five times. He scored more Ryder Cup points than any American in history. Casper’s three major victories came in the 1959 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, 1966 U.S. Open at Olympic Club, and 1970 Masters. His Masters victory was forged in a playoff over fellow San Diegan Gene Littler. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978. Casper, who received the 2010 PGA Distinguished Service Award in recognition of the work done by his charitable foundation, the Billy Casper Youth Foundation, died of a heart attack after suffering from pneumonia.
Bio by: Louis du Mort