South Africa's Simon Hobday, whose worldwide victories included a major title on the PGA Tour Champions, died Thursday after a battle with cancer. He was 76.
Hobday won 17 times during a professional career that began in 1969, including twice on the European Tour. He also won five times on the senior circuit, notably outlasting Graham Marsh to win the 1994 U.S. Senior Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
Hobday was known for his easy nature and fun-loving spirit, and his passing prompted an outpouring on social media from several of his peers:
Simon Hobday, a true legend of the game, has left us. One of the greatest characters golf has known who gave us so many laughs. RIP Hobbers.— Tony Johnstone (@TonyJohnstone56) March 2, 2017
RIP Simon Hobday, a great character en legend of the game. Stories that will live forever.— Louis Oosthuizen (@Louis57TM) March 2, 2017
Very sad news on the passing of Simon Hobday. One of the best ball strikers and funniest men I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.....— Trevor Immelman (@TrevorImmelman) March 2, 2017
I was once told "Admire your heroes from afar" but it didn't apply to this great man.1 of the true characters in our sport. RIP Simon Hobday pic.twitter.com/UA4ALJIcGS— Darren Clarke (@DarrenClarke60) March 2, 2017