Jerry McGee died Wednesday at the age of 77 just weeks after moving to Florida to be closer to his family. His son Mike, who is married to LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam, posted on Facebook that McGee was admitted to the hospital on Saturday.
Jerry McGee, biography
“He went downhill quickly,” Mike McGee wrote. “Lots of complications that had been brewing. We were blessed that my parents moved to Orlando and we could all say our goodbyes and be together. He had struggled for a while and I really believe that after many years of us wanting them to move closer that he finally acquiesced because he knew this was coming. Once my Mom was settled here he was at peace.”
McGee, who was born July 21, 1943 in New Lexington, Ohio, was a fixture on the PGA TOUR in the 1970s and PGA TOUR Champions from 1993-2004. He started out playing baseball and football but became interested in golf after his parents divorced and his mother later married a club professional. McGee played at Ohio State, then turned pro in 1966 and joined the PGA TOUR the following year. He made 404 starts and won four times, including twice in 1979, and played on the victorious U.S. Team at the 1977 Ryder Cup at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
Dustin Johnson, the number 1 in the world, will not go to the Olympic Games.
There is a real risk of being faced with a situation in which not only Dustin Johnson, but also several other big names could sacrifice the five-circle event, which in terms of life in the golf circuit is still very young. It remains to be seen whether the coming months will confirm this trend. In 2016, there were many who gave up fearing Zika: in addition to the DJ himself and Jordan Spieth in the USA, not all the Australian big names went to Rio, from Jason Day down, nor did Rory McIlroy (by the way, he declared his Olympic flag will be that of Ireland as such; on the circuit he plays for Northern Ireland as well as Graeme McDowell) and, for Italy, Francesco Molinari.