How did Tom Weiskopf die? 1973 Open Champion Cause of death explained

Tom Weiskopf, a former PGA Tour player, reportedly passed away at the age of 79 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Tom Weiskopf death

Tom Watson of today reports that the American died after battling pancreatic cancer.

Weiskopf’s passing was announced when eight-time Major champion Watson tweeted his sympathies to his family. He expressed his sincere condolences to Tom Weiskopf’s family. I’ll miss your stories and you. My friend, RIP. PC has struck once more.

Tom Weiskopf cause of death

In 2020, Weiskopf received a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

He has also covered the 1981 and 1985 to 1995 Masters while working as a golf analyst for CBS Sports. He began contributing in 2008 to the Open Championship coverage on ABC Sports and ESPN.

Weiskopf passed away from pancreatic cancer on August 21, 2022, at the age of 79.

Who was Tom Weiskopf?

Ohio’s Massillon is where Weiskopf was born. He went to Ohio State University, where he played golf, and Benedictine High School in Cleveland. In 1964, he became a professional.

At the Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational in 1968, Weiskopf earned his first PGA Tour victory. By 1982, he had collected fifteen more. In his final season, 1973, he finished second in the world according to Mark McCormack’s golf rankings after winning seven tournaments worldwide, including The Open Championship at Royal Troon. Although he would go on to win just one major title, he did place second at The Masters four times and finished T2 at the 1976 U.S. Open.

Tom Weiskopf career

The American became a professional in 1964, and between 1968 and 1982, he won 16 times on the Tour. He was most well-known, though, for his stellar performance in the majors. Keiskopf had 20 more top 10 results, including five as runners-up, while having only one Major victory—the 1973 Open at Royal Troon, where he finished three clear of Neil Coles and Johnny Miller. Such a record was impressive in an era that produced some of the greatest players in the history of the sport, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Tom Watson.

Weiskopf won the Canadian Open twice, most notably in 1975, when he defeated Jack Nicklaus in a one-hole playoff after coming close to holing his approach shot on the 15th hole on the Royal Montreal Golf Club’s Blue Course. The American team included Weiskopf in both the 1973 and 1975 Ryder Cups. He also met the requirements to make the 1977 squad, but he opted not to compete in order to pursue big-game hunting.

In the golfing community, Weiskopf’s stroke was well regarded. He possessed excellent control, a unique combination of power and control, and he struck the ball quite high. Weiskopf was known as “The Towering Inferno” because of his outbursts on the golf course.

Golf course of Tom Weiskopf

Weiskopf began his career in golf course design by assisting Jay Morrish, although he eventually started his own business. He has designed at least 40 courses in various locations across the world, including Loch Lomond, which hosted the Scottish Open from 1995 to 2010, and the Monument and Pinnacle courses at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

A par-4 hole that may be driven is a common feature of Weiskopf’s designs. Numerous of the courses have garnered tremendous appreciation after placing well on global lists of the best courses.

The Torrey Pines North Course in San Diego, California, will undergo renovations under the direction of Weiskopf, it was revealed in January 2016.

Tribute to Tom Weiskopf death

How did Tom Weiskopf die? 1973 Open Champion Cause of death explained
How did Tom Weiskopf die? 1973 Open Champion Cause of death explained

I send my deepest sympathies to the family of Tom Weiskopf. Will miss you and your stories. RIP my friend. PC has struck again..

Tom Watson

With all the progress made in fighting cancer, pancreatic remains a killer. My dad died five weeks after being diagnosed years ago. Now, Tom Weiskopf has passed away after fighting it for 18 months. There’s been progress, but not nearly enough. Too sad.

John Feinstein

Hey Kids if you really think today’s Golfers are Better Athletes then 40-50 yrs ago? Check Tom Weiskopf swing at Masters in 1975. Ever heard of Hale Irwin? Who was also a great football player. Their are dozens of those Golfers who played decades ago who were great athletes

michael abbadie

So sad for the battle Tom Weiskopf went through. He was blessed to have Laurie by his side. Working with him not so many years ago was such fun. VERY talented player and architect.

Judy Rankin

I knew it was coming, but how very sad to hear of the passing of the magnificent professional golfer Tom Weiskopf

Peter Stacey

Sorry to hear the passing of Tom Weiskopf. Thoughts and prayers to his family. Great talent on the course and second career in golf course architecture. #rip

Annika Sorenstam

RIP Tom Weiskopf. Underrated great player, underrated fantastic architect. Love his reachable risk/reward 5’s, short tough 3’s and especially his great drivable 4’s on just about every course he designed.

Arron Oberholser

Tom Weiskopf passed away yesterday after an extended battle with pancreatic cancer. I was fortunate to meet Tom as a young Asst Super and work with him on a few occasions thru Mike Kosak. He made an indelible impact on me. As a player and as a human. Tom was 79.

Dave Wilber

RIP Tom Weiskopf, the man who made me see what golf as a sport was, watching him win at Troon in ‘73.Elegant,stylish,opinionated but honest….loved the guy.His transition into architecture just enhanced that admiration for “Terrible Tom’…you will be greatly missed


Tom Weiskopf infamously skipped the 1977 Ryder Cup (after playing previous two) to go hunting… but won 16 times on PGA Tour in era of Jack including 1973 Open at Troon. … also prolific course designer. … not in World Golf Hall of Fame.

Bob Harig

Tom Weiskopf had 21 top 10’s in majors including 4 2nd’s in the Masters but he will always be remembered for claiming the 1973 Open by 3 shots from Johnny Miller and Neil Coles. RIP to a ball striking legend.

Flushing It

#RIP Tom Weiskopf. A legend of our sport. With that amazing swing of his, it really will remain a mystery that he won only one major. Never interacted with him, but read so many deep and insightful thoughts of his.

Joy Chakravarty

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Sad to hear about the passing of Tom Weiskopf. He featured in “1975 The Magnificent Masters” for which he gave a wonderfully candid interview about the impact of that tournament in his career. RIP Mr Weiskopf.

Nick German

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