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Former Masters Champion Reportedly Died This Week

A general view of the scoreboard at the masters.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 09: A general view of patrons as a weather warning is seen on the leaderboard during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 09, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

A notable former champion of The Masters reportedly passed away earlier this week.

Bob Goalby, who won the legendary golf tournament in 1968, reportedly died at the age of 92 on Wednesday. His death was confirmed by the PGA Tour and by Bill Haas, his great nephew.

The former PGA Tour player won 11 professional events, including The Masters, which he won in notable fashion.

Goalby won The Masters in 1968 when De Vicenzo had a scorecard error. He and Goalby were set for a playoff round on Monday, though officials determined that De Vicenzo made a scorecard mistake. His caddie gave him a higher score than Goalby - incorrectly - but since he signed the scorecard, it had to stick.

"The presentation ceremony wasn’t what it could have been," Goalby told Golf Digest. "I sat next to Roberto and did what I could to console him. There’s video of me patting him on the leg. I felt no elation, nothing like you’d expect from winning the biggest tournament of your life. It was awkward. It was tragic for Roberto, but it was equally unfortunate for me.

"I never did get full credit for what I’d done. I played damned well, especially the last day."

Goalby will be remember for far more than his Masters win, though. He also helped the players break away to start the PGA Tour and helped launch a tour for 50-plus players.

Our thoughts are with Bob's friends and family members during this time.