RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Former U.S. Open champion Ken
Venturi was expected to have a full recovery after undergoing heart
surgery last Friday.
Venturi, 76, remained hospitalized Tuesday and a release date
"He's under some pain and being medicated," business manager
Ken Terjesen said.
Venturi complained of chest pains last Thursday at his Rancho
Mirage home, business manager Ken Terjesen said Tuesday. Venturi's
wife, Kathleen, then drove her husband to Eisenhower Medical
"They did an angiogram and it indicated there were some
problems and they operated Friday morning," Terjesen said. "It
was a five-way bypass and they did some valve repair. The doctors
were very pleased with the operation. The prognosis is good."
The winner of 14 PGA tournaments and longtime golf analyst for
CBS-TV turned professional in 1956 and began competing on the PGA
Tour, where he won 14 tournaments between 1957 and 1966. In 1964,
he was named PGA player of the year after his dramatic U.S. Open
He was forced to retire at 33 because of severe carpal tunnel
syndrome, but found a new career as a television analyst until
retiring in 2002.