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72 of Jack Newton, who lost in the British Open playoffs. died at the age of

BRISBANE, Australia ( Associated Press) — Jack Newton, who lost to Tom Watson in the 1975 British Open playoff and finished second only to Seve Ballesteros at the 1980 Masters, before his professional golf career suffered a fatal plane propeller crash. was finished, has died. He was 72 years old.

Newton, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, died early Friday due to “health complications”, his family said in a statement.

His family said, “(He) was a fearless competitor and distinguished Australian who smashed a formidable mark during his professional golf career.” “He fought the odds as best he could.”Newton won the US PGA Tour’s Buick Open in 1978 and the Australian Open in 1979, and three tournaments in Europe before his career – and almost his life – ended when he was driven into the propeller of a small plane that was to be boarded at Sydney airport. Have become. on 24 July 1983.

His right hand was amputated, he had lost vision in his right eye and he had also suffered severe abdominal injuries. Doctors gave her only a 50-50 chance of survival, and she spent nearly two months in intensive care and needed prolonged rehabilitation from her injuries.

“Things weren’t looking great for me. I knew the priest was walking around my (hospital) bed,” Newton said later. He was 33 years old at the time of the accident.

Despite his near-death experience, Newton and his spirited personality returned to public life. He went on to become a popular television, radio and newspaper golf commentator, golf course designer, and president of the Jack Newton Jr. Golf Foundation, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for up-and-coming golfers in Australia.

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The Foundation’s annual tournament attracted celebrities and pro golfers to Australia, most of whom dressed in exotic costumes promoted by Newton each year.

Not to be denied playing the sport he loved, he taught himself to play golf with one hand, swinging the club from his left hand to a right-handed posture. He regularly scored for 18 holes in the mid-80s. This translates to a handicap of about 12 or 14, which is what most capable amateur players want.

Newton turned professional on the European Tour in 1971 and won his first event the following year, the Dutch Open. A week later, they won another tournament in Fulford, England, and in 1974, won the Tour’s match play championship.

The Australian’s playoff loss at the 1975 British Open at Carnoustie came after Watson had some accidental shots. A wire fence kept Watson’s ball in the boundary on the eighth hole and the American chipped away at the 14th-placed Eagle to claim the Claret Jug by a shot over Newton.

“I always thought if I came into the major with some good form, I could be dangerous,” Newton said. “That’s how I played golf. Once I lifted my tail, I wasn’t afraid of anyone.”

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Australian golfer Greg Chalmers said on Twitter: “Every journey begins somewhere, mine was at a golf tournament under the Jack Newton Jr. Golf Foundation.” Fellow Australian supporter James Nityas said: “Jack Newton was not only an amazing golfer but what he and his family did for charity and junior golf in Australia was really amazing.”

The PGA of Australia chief executive Gavin Kirkman praised Newton’s influence on Game Down Under.

“Jack has been such an influential figure in Australian golf and his contribution and legacy will live on for many decades to come,” said Kirkman. “He was as tough off the course as he was on it. Yet underlying everything was his deep passion for the game of golf and the positive impact it could have on people’s lives, especially young people.”

Newton is survived by his wife Jackie and two children, Christie and Clint, and six grandchildren.

Christie was a pro golfer and Clint Newton, born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, played rugby league in Australia and the UK and represented the United States at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

“His passion for the sport and contribution to future generations of golfers and the Australian community reflects the character of our father, loving husband, proud brother, adorable grandfather and stray fellow,” his family said in a statement.

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