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Pete Dye recovering from cancer surgery

World-renowned golf course designer Pete Dye was recovering Friday in a hospital, reportedly following surgery for colon cancer.

Family members told that doctors found a malignant tumor in Dye's colon during an exam on Dec. 12 and later surgically removed it.

The 76-year-old Dye was in good condition at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boca Raton, hospital spokeswoman Cynthia Forkner told The Associated Press. She wouldn't provide further details.

"Pete was in fabulous shape before going in for his checkup," Pete's wife, Alice, told "He was walking five miles a day and playing some great rounds of golf. So this came as a complete surprise."

A former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Dye has designed over 100 courses throughout the United States.

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