Former US Open champion Moody dies


Orville Moody, winner of the 1969 U.S. Open, died Friday in Texas. He was 74.
Moody won the U.S. Open in his second full season on the PGA TOUR in what turned out to be his lone Tour title. In his career, Moody, nicknamed Sarge because of his U.S. Army career, played 250 Tour events. Besides his one victory, he was a runner-up at five other tournaments. He also won international titles in Hong Kong, Morocco and Australia.
After turning 50, Moodys career took off at the same time he solved many of his putting woes when he began using an elongated putter. The native of Chickasha, Okla., won 11 Champions Tour tournaments and finished in the top five four times, including his second-place finish on the money list in 1989. Besides his U.S. Senior Open title in 1989, he also won the Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship and collected $647,985 on the season.
Overall, Moody played 513 Champions Tour events, with his final appearance coming at the 2003 Constellation Energy Classic. He last played in the unofficial Demaret Division for players 70 and older at the 2007 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf with long-time partner Jimmy Powell.
We are all going to miss Sarge who was a patriot first and a professional golfer second, said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. He embodied a bit of golfs everyman whom we all could identify with, having risen from his Oklahoma roots as part Native American and serving his country in a 14-year Army career.
He will always be remembered for winning the 1969 U.S. Open, the last player to win after being in local and sectional qualifying. Orville later added a U.S. Senior Open to his resume in a successful Champions Tour career. Our thoughts go out to his family and our membership mourns his loss, yet we take solace that his legacy will inspire generations to come.