here's a nice excerpt about venturi in a past issue of golf digest...
When Byron Nelson was unable to be the honorary starter at the 1983 Masters, he asked me to fill in for him. Of course I agreed. After Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead and I teed off, we decided to play the front nine. Much to my surprise, I made four birdies and one bogey and made the turn at 33. Boy, did I hit it good. My imagination started flying. "Gene, I want us to keep playing," I said. "I can lead this tournament." Sarazen saw the desire in my eyes, and we started walking toward No. 10. Suddenly, Gene stopped. "On second thought, to ---- with it," he said. "You can't lead anything, Venturi. Let's get some lunch." I just followed Gene into the clubhouse, like a puppy.
I recorded the show; but I have not watched it yet.
I remember watching Ken Venturi win the 1964 US Open at Congressional. At that time, they played 36 holes on Saturday. Because of the unusual high temperatures that year, Ken really struggled with heat exhaustion, almost collapsing several times. The doctors on site wanted him to quit after 18 holes. After that us open, they changed it to have only 18 holes each day. Good for Tiger in 2008, I'm not sure he could have done 36 holes on Saturday.
If you remember back in 1998, I believe the old Phoenix open, Tiger got about a dozen fans ( not patrons) to move a large rock out of his line. Ken went crazy about it, saying that it was embedded. Anyway, it is still one of the funniest things that ever happened in a tournament with Tiger.