The 78-year-old former Open Championship winner experienced sharp pain in his stomach in late November while working with his course design company in Scottsdale on the reopening of Troon Country Club. He followed up with doctors at home in Montana, where CT scans revealing a legion in his pancreas. Weiskopf went for more tests at Miami Baptist Cancer Institute the week after Thanksgiving, including a biopsy that confirmed the diagnosis.
“I’ve got a rough four to six months ahead of me,” Weiskopf told Golfweek, describing the news as “quite a blow” but remaining optimistic about the future.
Weiskopf was a 16-time winner on the PGA Tour and added four more titles on the PGA Tour Champions. He biggest victory was his win at the 1973 British Open at Royal Troon. After his playing career, he turned his attention to golf architecture, having built hundreds of acclaimed courses around the world.
Weiskopf told Golfweek that he’s already been in touch several friends in the golf community, including fellow Ohio State alumni Jack Nicklaus and Ed Sneed, Tony Jacklin, Andy North and Lanny Wadkins.