US Open’s youngest dies at 76

Mason Rudolph, one of the youngest golfers ever to qualify for the US Open, has died at the age of 76.

Mason Rudolph, one of the youngest golfers to ever qualify for the US Open, died on Monday aged 76, Golf Digest has reported.

A member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Rudolph had suffered heart problems.

According to family friends quoted by The Leaf Chronicle.Rudolph died at a hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he had been since the weekend.

Rudolph was an outstanding amateur and represented the 1957 United States Walker Cup team before he turned professional.

He won five PGA Tour titles during his successful pro career and represented the US at the 1971 Ryder Cup.

He was only 16 years and six days old when he qualified for the US Open in 1950 and nine years later he was named the PGA Tour’s rookie of the year when he started playing for money in 1959.

His professional career spanned three decades and included 432 Tour events.

Rudolph, who is survived by his wife, Carole, was born in Clarksville, Tennessee. where a nine-hole golf course is named after him,