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Don Massengale, PGA Tour winner, dies aged 69

Don Massengale, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, died Tuesday night of a heart attack, the tour said. He was 69.

Massengale played on the tour from 1960 to 1970, and had his best year in 1966. He won the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach by one shot over Arnold Palmer, and the Canadian Open, finishing a career-best 27th on the money list. A year later, he got into a playoff with Don January in the PGA Championship before losing at Columbine Country Club in Colorado.

Massengale won twice on the Champions Tour, and his last victory was in 1992 at the Royal Caribbean Classic.

"Don was a significant contributor to both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour," commissioner Tim Finchem said. "He was a strong performer and solid individual who was well respected by his peers and later appreciated by his many students for his teaching acumen, having learned the game from legendary teacher Harvey Penick."

Massengale is survived by his wife, Judy, his sons Donnie and Mark, and five grandchildren.


January 3, 2007

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