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Posted June 2, 2017 in From The Tours by Tom Brassell
Former Open Champion (1967-Hoylake) and the first Argentine to win a major championship, Roberto De Vicenzo has passed away at age 94.
The beloved Argentine won over 230 tournaments worldwide in his career, but is mostly remember for signing an incorrect scorecard at the 1968 Masters. Most people mistakenly think that De Vicenzo was disqualified for the infraction, but that is not true. He signed sis card which included a par on the 17th hole, one which he actually birdied. Having to take the higher score, he missed out on a playoff with Bob Goalby by one shot.
“I play golf all over the world for 30 years, and now all I can think of is what a stupid I am to be wrong in this wonderful tournament,” De Vicenzo said afterward.
De Vicenzo received the Bob Jones Award in 1970, the highest honor given by the USGA, and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1989.