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Archer, '69 Masters champion, dies after long illness

Updated: September 25, 2005, 8:54 PM ET
By Mark Soltau | GolfDigest.com

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. -- George Archer, one of the best putters in PGA Tour history and winner of the 1969 Masters Tournament, died at his home Sunday after a long battle with Burkitts Lymphoma. He was 65.

A San Francisco native, the 6-foot-5 Archer turned professional in 1964 and won 12 times on the PGA Tour. He enjoyed even more success on the Champions Tour, capturing 19 titles. He also earned eight Georgia-Pacific Grand Champions victories.

"His transition was so graceful and ...

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