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Born in San Diego, California, USA
Died in Springville, Utah, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameWilliam Earl Casper Jr.
Nicknames Buffalo Bill
Buffalo Billy
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Billy Casper was born on June 24, 1931 in San Diego, California, USA as William Earl Casper Jr. He was an actor, known for Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972), The Donald O'Connor Show (1968) and Roar of the Crowd (1969). He was married to Shirley Ann Franklin. He died on February 7, 2015 in Springville, Utah, USA.

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Shirley Ann Franklin (28 June 1952 - 7 February 2015) ( his death) ( 11 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Great putting and his overall short game.

Trivia (13)

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As a prolific PGA Tour professional golfer, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978.
He won 51 PGA Tour events from 1956 through 1975, making him, as of February 2015, seventh all-time for number of PGA Tour victories, after Sam Snead (82), Tiger Woods (79), Jack Nicklaus (73), Ben Hogan (64), Arnold Palmer (62), and Byron Nelson (52), and leading Walter Hagen (45), Phil Mickelson (42), and Cary Middlecoff (40), as they all appear in the top ten all-time PGA Tour winners.
As a teen, he idolized Ben Hogan, who Billy was later fortunate to play with on the US PGA Tour, from Billy's first year as a professional PGA tour winner, 1956, to Hogan's last year as a PGA tour winner, 1959 (Hogan continued to play sporadically through the 1960s).
Golf Digest magazine ranked Casper as the fifteenth greatest, all time, golfer in the magazine's year 2000 ranking.
Player on the 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, and 1975 U.S. Ryder Cup teams, racking up more points than any U.S. player, before or since, in Ryder Cup history.
His college alma mater was the University of Notre Dame.
He and his wife converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, better known as Mormonism, in the mid-1960s.
Billy Casper Golf, his management company, was the second-largest manager of U.S. golf courses, managing over 140 golf facilities, as of 2011. He was also a prolific golf course designer.
After turning professional and joining the PGA tour in 1954, he was the PGA Tour player of the year in 1966 and 1970; he was the PGA Tour leading money winner in 1966 and 1968; and he was winner of the Vardon Trophy (awarded by the PGA tour for lowest scoring average) in 1960, 1963, 1965, 1966, and 1968.
In addition to his 51 PGA Tour victories, after joining the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour) in 1981, he won nine times between 1982 and 1989, including two majors, the 1983 United States Senior Open and the 1988 Senior Tournament Players Championship.
Mason Casper, Billy's grandson, qualified for his college golf team at Utah Valley University, further qualifying for 2012 NCAA post-season play.
Of eleven children with wife Shirley, six were adopted, and at his death, he was survived by wife Shirley and their eleven children, 71 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

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