Masters and PGA champion Doug Ford passes away at 95
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Masters and PGA champion Doug Ford passes away at 95

Doug Ford, former Masters champion and PGA Championship winner, passed away on Tuesday. He was 95 years old.

The World Golf Hall of Fame, to which Ford was inducted in 2011, announced the news in a statement.

"On behalf of the entire World Golf Hall of Fame family, we offer our sincere condolences to Doug's family and loved ones," said Jack Peter, the president of the World Golf Hall of Fame. "Doug's Hall-of-Fame career included 19 Tour wins, the 1955 PGA Championship and the 1957 Masters. Beyond his playing career, Doug was instrumental in the development of the modern PGA Tour and was a pioneer in the creation of PGA Tour Champions. He will certainly be missed, but always celebrated within our Hall of Fame family."

Ford was the oldest living Masters champion. He won the 1957 Masters, shooting a final-round 66 to deny Sam Snead the green jacket that year. Two years prior, Ford won the 1955 PGA Championship, back when it was still an all-match-play affair, beating Cary Middlecoff 4-and-3 in the finale to win the Wanamaker trophy.

In total, Ford had 19 career PGA Tour victories and 33 professional wins. He was the PGA Player of the Year in 1955.

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