Died: Gene Littler, a World Golf Hall of Fame member whose 29 victories on the PGA Tour included the 1961 U.S. Open, on Friday night in San Diego. He was 88. Littler, whose silky swing led to the nickname “Gene the Machine,” won the 1953 U.S. Amateur before he claimed his hometown San Diego Open in January 1954, at age 23 and while still an amateur. Two weeks later, he turned professional. In 1973, one year after cancer surgery to remove a malignant tumor under his left arm, a 42-year-old Littler won a Tour event in St. Louis that he ranked among his top achievements. He also won eight times in the 1980s on the Champions Tour. Littler, a Navy veteran, is survived by his wife of 68 years, Shirley, and two children.
Filed: By Augusta National Golf Club, plans with the city of Augusta, Ga., to build a tunnel under Washington Road, according to a report by Augusta’s WJBF-TV. The subterranean route, near Gate 1 of the club’s entrance, would provide access for the TV crews and other workers at the annual Masters Tournament. Plans call for a tunnel 26 feet in height, allowing for large trucks and other vehicles to access the property and bypass the traffic jams that accompany the PGA Tour’s first major championship of the season. Construction would begin after this year’s tournament, which is scheduled to be played April 11-14.
Disclosed: By Boo Weekley, that his recent 18-month absence from professional golf was because of recovery from cancer treatment. Weekley, 45, told media at the Web.com Tour’s LECOM Suncoast Classic in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., that he underwent surgery in July to remove the carcinoma and a cyst in his right shoulder. The procedure followed a 2017 surgery on his right elbow to alleviate tendinitis. Weekley shot 73-73 and missed the cut. He is a three-time winner on the PGA Tour.