Jack Burke Jr dies at the age of 100

In his amazing career, he achieved many successes and made a lasting impact on the history of golf

by Sead Dedovic
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Jack Burke Jr dies at the age of 100
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Jack Burke Jr., the oldest living Masters champion, passed away at the age of 100 on Friday.


In his amazing career, he achieved many successes and made a lasting impact on the history of golf. From 1950 to 1963, he won 16 big golf competitions, including the Masters and the PGA Championship in 1956. Older fans remember Burke Jr.'s love for golf and his impressive comeback in the Masters, where he overcame an eight-stroke deficit in the final round to beat Ken Venturi. This achievement is considered the biggest comeback in Masters history.

Many people shared messages of sadness after he passed away. Because he was part of the golf world for a long time and achieved a lot, Burke Jr. had many fans and made many friends.

Jay Monahan reacts

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan is sad about the legendary Burke Jr.'s passing. Burke Jr. had a big impact on golf fans and regular people alike. He was exceptional in helping and giving advice to others, and that's what made him great!
 

Jay Monahan
Jay Monahan© Getty Images Sport - Tom Pennington / Staff
 

“Jackie Burke was a true Hall of Famer who will always be remembered for the style and grace with which he played the game and ran Champions Golf Club,” said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, as quoted by golfmonthly.com

“It's hard to measure the impact he had on the game, and his willingness to mentor and help players is legendary. I've admired Jackie and all he has meant to professional golf, and we mourn his death and send our condolences to his family.”

Fred Ridley, who is in charge of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, also shared his condolences about Burke Jr.'s passing.

 “All of us who love this game are mourning the loss of a great friend today. We will miss him dearly, though his memory will always be celebrated at Augusta National and the Masters.”

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