Best of Golf: Top 10 players of the 1960s

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Best of Golf: Top 10 players of the 1960s

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Best of Golf: Top 10 players of the 1960s

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Billy Casper celebrates a birdie in the 1966 U.S. Open. (AP)

4. Billy Casper

PGA Tour victories in 1960s: 33 (of 51 total)

Major titles in 1960s: one (of three total)

Casper doesn’t receive as much credit as some of the other big names from the era, but he was nothing short of a phenom in regular PGA Tour events. He might have lacked the charisma of Arnold Palmer or the power of Jack Nicklaus, but he was considered one of the best putters ever and a short-game wizard, and he ranks seventh all-time in PGA Tour victories. Casper’s most famous victory was his 1966 U.S. Open title, in which he shot 32 over the final 9 to catch a faltering Palmer, then won a playoff the next day. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978. Casper died in 2015 at age 83.

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