American Ken Venturi voted into Hall of Fame

  • Former U.S. Open champion and television broadcaster Ken Venturi has been voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2013.

    The 14-times PGA Tour winner’s selection in the Hall of Fame's lifetime achievement category was announced on Monday.

    The 81-year-old will be inducted on May 6 at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida.

    "It's just an honour," Venturi said via a conference call from Pebble Beach Golf Links in his home state of Northern California. "The greatest reward in life is to be remembered and I thank the World Golf Hall of Fame for remembering me.”

    The highlight of his career came in the 1964 U.S. Open, which saw him overcome 100-degree temperatures and severe dehydration to win his only major championship.

    He was forced to retire from competitive golf because of carpal tunnel syndrome in 1967. The following year, he joined CBS as an analyst.