August 09, 2008

Part-Choctaw golfer dies

Moody, best known as 1969 U.S. Open champion, dead at age 74Orville Moody, who won the 1969 U.S. Open for his only PGA Tour title, died Friday, Tour officials said. He was 74.

The Tour said he died in Texas and did not give a cause of death.

Often called "Sarge" because of his 14 years in the U.S. Army, Moody was the last player to win the U.S. Open after going through local and sectional qualifying. He shot 72 in the final round at Champions Golf Club in Houston for a one-shot victory over Deane Beman, Al Geiberger and Bob Rosburg.

In his career, Moody, a part Choctaw Indian, was a runner-up at five PGA Tour tournaments. He also won international titles in Hong Kong, Morocco and Australia.

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