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Golf News: - Posted 5th October 1997

Dave Marr dies aged 63

Houston, Texas - Dave Marr, long-time golfer and golf television analyst, died today in Houston at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center after a long battle with stomach cancer. He was 63.

Dave Marr was born in Houston and became an assistant club professional in the 1940s. He began playing the tour regularly in 1960 and is best known for winning the 1965 PGA Championship in Laurel Valley at Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

He served as a golf analyst for ABC for several years and recently worked for NBC and from 1992 with the BBC.

Marr was a member of the 1965 Ryder Cup Team and was named the PGA Player of the Year after winning the PGA Championship. He served as captain for the 1981 Ryder Cup team which featured Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw. The team defeated Europe 18-9.

In 1981, he was elected to the College Golf Hall of Fame.

Anthony Marr, Dave's son, said the family had received many calls and letters during his father's illness. "That's been a great testament to his effect on the golf world. That's very comforting at this time."

Dave Marr is also survived by his wife, Tally, and sons David F. Marr III, Wayne Bunch and Tucker Bunch and daughter Elizabeth Hallas.

No funeral arrangements have been released.