Charles Owens, Golfer, Dies at 85; Novel Putter Brought Late Success

Charles Owens, Golfer, Dies at 85; Novel Putter Brought Late Success

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Owens, who died at 85 on Sept. 7 in Winter Haven from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, would live to see other golfers, like Adam Scott and Rocco Mediate, use long putters, and for golf’s rule-making bodies to later bar golfers from anchoring them against their bodies while putting.

Owens was not as well known as the few African-American golfers who had won on the PGA Tour, among them Lee Elder, Charlie Sifford and Calvin Peete. He had victories on the low-profile circuit of mostly black tournaments organized by the United Golf Association, but found little success during his short time on the PGA Tour.

It was the Senior PGA Tour, however — now called the PGA Tour…



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