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Gay Brewer, 1967 U.S. Masters champion, dead at 75

Gay Brewer, 1967 U.S. Masters champion, dead at 75

Gay Brewer, the 1967 U.S. Masters champion who won 11 times on the American PGA Tour, died Friday at his home after a fight with lung cancer. He was 75.
Brewer, who also won once on the American seniors tour before retiring in 2000, had been battling cancer since October, fiancee Alma Jo McGuire said.
"It was incurable," she said. "It was easier on him and the family that it didn't go any longer than it did."
Brewer won the 1967 Masters for his lone major title a year after he lost an 18-hole playoff to Jack Nicklaus. In 1966, Brewer three-putted the 72nd hole to fall into the playoff with Nicklaus and Tommy Jacobs.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Gay Brewer," said Billy Payne, chairman of the Masters and Augusta National Golf Club. "Gay was a wonderful champion and individual and will be dearly missed in April. We express our heartfelt sympathy to his family."
In June, Picadome Golf Course in Lexington, where Brewer learned to play, changed its name to honor him. Brewer played college golf at the University of Kentucky.
"He was just really personable," McGuire said. "I don't know anybody who didn't like him."
Brewer is survived by daughters Kelly Allen and Erin Provence and four grandchildren. McGuire said services would be Wednesday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home in Lexington.
"Gay was great," Tiger Woods said at the Deutsche Bank Championship. "Man, he told more stories and was just incredible to be around."


Updated : 2021-07-25 04:04 GMT+08:00