Venturi Leaves Tower at Kemper Open


Potomac, MD - Ken Venturi called his last golf action Sunday when he handled the duty of broadcasting Bob Estes' winning putt at the Kemper Open. Venturi retired Sunday after 35 years of broadcasting for CBS Sports, the longest tenure of a sports analyst.
'It's been a long time,' said a teary-eyed Venturi. 'I don't know where the time went. Thirty-five years - it's unbelievable.'
Players acknowledged Venturi in the tower off 18 Sunday. After completing their rounds, golfers waved, some saluted, others blew kisses and Greg Norman even tossed his ball up to Venturi in the tower.
Venturi's decision to hang it up at the Kemper Open is based on how close the TPC at Avenel is to some of his greatest career highlights.
At the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional, which Venturi said was 'a par-five away' from the TPC at Avenel, Venturi endured a 36-hole marathon in severe heat and humidity to win his only major title.
In the 2000 Presidents Cup, Venturi captained the victorious American side at the nearby Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia.
CBS paid a video tribute to Venturi, who signed off for the final time with the words: 'The greatest reward in life is to be remembered. Thank you for remembering me. God Bless You.'
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