Christy Kite, wife of World Golf Hall-of-Famer Tom Kite, passed away Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Champions Tour president Greg McLaughlin sent a tweet Saturday confirming the news:
The Champions Tour family mourns the passing of Christy Kite last evening. Our thoughts and prayers go to Tom and the entire Kite family.— Greg McLaughlin (@TWFGMac) January 24, 2015
Kite was eligible to play in this week's season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship, but he declined to participate. A funeral service for Mrs. Kite will be held Tuesday in Austin, Texas.