Bayer Dies of Heart Attack


George Bayer, who won three times on the PGA Tour, died Sunday in Palm Desert, Calif. Bayer was dining with his wife, Mary, and former Tour player Bob Goalby when he suffered a fatal heart attack. He was 77.

The 6-foot-5 native of Bremerton, Wash., joined the Tour in 1955 and became one of the longest hitters in the game. He won his first event, the 1957 Canadian Open, and added the 1958 Mayfair Inn Open and the 1960 St. Petersburg Open.
At age 56, Bayer began a career on the Champions Tour, with his best year coming in 1984 when he won $64,491 and was 21st on the money list. He most recently competed when he teamed with Howie Johnson to finish seventh in the Demaret Division at the 2002 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
Funeral arrangements are pending.