March 19, 2024

Major champ and 14-time PGA Tour winner assures fans he’s not dead after magazine obituary | Golf | Sport

Golf legend Hal Sutton has reassured fans that he is very much alive, despite an obituary appearing in the official PGA magazine. The 65-year-old, who often plays on the senior PGA Tour Champions, has had a remarkable career.

He won the PGA Championship back in 1983, his only major win since turning professional 43 years ago. He also triumphed at the prestigious Players Championship in 1983 and again at the iconic TPC Sawgrass course in 2000.

However, the recent mix-up with the PGA magazine mistakenly announcing his death will likely be one of the more unusual moments of his career.

In response to the error, he said: “Just a correction, the PGA magazine put me in their obituaries as having passed away January 19th!!! I didn’t and I’m alive and well just putting the finishing touches on Darmor Club before our opening June 1. Thanks to all who have checked up on me.”

The episode sparked plenty of reaction from the American golfer’s 14,900 followers. Ex-golfer Mark Lye was shocked and asked: “Damn Hal!!! Who the heck is responsible for that??? Sutton responded: “I don’t know but it was a reminder to be grateful for life. A lot of people checked on me so I was thankful for that.”

Former PGA Tour player John Maginnes also chimed in, surprised by the mix-up involving his old friend. He expressed his relief at missing the incorrect report: “I missed that report thank goodness… Glad you’re doing well.”

Sutton, meanwhile, has previously voiced his concerns about the current state of golf. With the emergence of LIV Golf and its impact, he has openly expressed his dissatisfaction with the changes brought about by the Saudi Arabian-backed series.

Talking about the big money offers that have tempted players away from the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf, he said: “I see a lot of greed to be honest with you. You know, I wore out two hips and a left knee walking to the model of charity is the biggest winner every week, and I pray that the PGA Tour does not lose that.”

He also shared his feelings about playing in the Ryder Cup, saying: “I was proud to be part of that. I was proud that we weren’t trying to get every dollar we could possibly get, but it feels that way now. I could never imagine saying that I don’t love golf, I only play because I’m good at it. I could never imagine saying that.”


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