PGA Legend Billy Casper Dies at 83

Billy Casper, often thought of as the most underrated great golfers in PGA history, died at age 83 on Saturday.

Casper ranked seventh on the career list of PGA wins with 51, just one behind Byron Nelson.

He won three Major championships and was a member of the US Ryder Cup eight times. He also won at least one Tour event for 16 straight seasons (1956-1971), second-most ever behind Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer (17).

He won his first Major at age 28 in 1959, finishing with a 2-over 282 to defeat a Top 10 crowded with the likes of Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, and Ben Hogan.

His signature win came at the 1966 US Open as he rallied from seven strokes back with nine to play to tie Palmer, then won an 18-hole playoff the next day. Palmer had a two-stroke lead with nine holes to go during the playoff, but bogeyed 14 and 15 and double bogeyed 16 to help Casper roar back for the win.

In 1970, Casper won the Masters with a playoff victory, the last-ever 18-hole playoff at Augusta. He fired a fifth-round 69 to beat David Littler by five strokes.

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