Golf legend Billy Casper dies at age 83

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Billy Casper's 51 PGA Tour wins ranks seventh all-time.

Billy Casper’s 51 PGA Tour wins ranks seventh all-time.

Springville resident and long-time PGA pro Billy Casper died today at his home.

During his career, Casper won 51 PGA Tour tournaments between 1956 and 1975, including the 1959 U.S. Open, the 1966 U.S. Open and the 1970 Masters.

In 2011 Casper was featured in Utah Valley Magazine along with 49 other “fabulous” residents of Utah County. When golf legend Billy Casper showed up at our photo shoot, his fellow fabulous people turned into gushing fans.

Billy, a World Golf Hall of Famer, won 51 times on the PGA Tour between 1956 and 1975, a figure surpassed by few. He won two U.S. Opens and a Masters and was a member of eight Ryder Cup teams, winning more points than any other American player.

Billy is known for his pigeon-toed putting stance, his self-taught swing with a signature sliding foot, his off-beat diet of buffalo meat and organic vegetables, his post-golf fame conversion to Mormonism and his 11 children, six of whom were adopted.

Biggest success My family

Biggest fan of The Mormon Church

Biggest change you’d like to see in the world The media should stop publicizing negativity and start publicizing positivity.

Biggest goal Just to live day by day

Biggest influence for good in your life My dealings with my fellow man

Biggest hero In golf, Ben Hogan. In the world, Bob Hope.

Billy Casper (black and red sweater) died Jan. 7, 2015. He was 84.

Billy Casper (black and red sweater) died Jan. 7, 2015. He was 83. (Photo by Kenneth Linge.)

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