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explore Golf Fairways & Greens An Unsung Hero One of the game’s greats, Billy Casper is a true source of inspiration. By John Maginnes The limelight was never important to him. The accolades were of little consequence. Billy Casper was content in the shadows of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player, and he still is. While his legendary contemporaries are honored each year, hitting the ceremonial first tee shot at the Masters in Augusta, Billy is never far away. He has never been far away. He attends the Champions dinner on Tuesday night of Masters week and entertains corporate clients throughout the tournament. He spends a fair amount of time in the shade of the iconic oak tree near the clubhouse, talking to fans and reminiscing about his days in the sun. Billy Casper, often considered the most underrated golfer in history, is happy with how his considerable achievements are viewed. He outlasted Hogan, Snead, Palmer, and others at Winged Foot in 1959 to claim his first of two U.S. Open championships. Seven years later, he tracked down the great Palmer. Billy came from seven shots back on the final nine # PHOTOS (FROM TOP) BY AUGUSTA NATIONAL/GETTY IMAGES AND BOB THOMAS/GETTY IMAGES holes to force an 18-hole playoff. In the playoff he was behind Palmer by two strokes but roared back again to claim the title at the Olympic Club. “My greatest achievement was winning the Masters in 1970. After that it almost didn’t matter anymore. Sure I won golf tournaments after that, but I knew that all my golf dreams had come true that day,” Billy said at Augusta this year, 43 years after that fateful spring. At 82 years old this month, Billy is happy to share the stories of his incredible life in and out of the game. His memories are so vivid he recalls what clubs he used and their situational importance in tournaments that took place more than half a century ago. Grown men sit enraptured as he speaks of lessons learned from Hogan and Snead, of battling with Arnie and Jack, and of prevailing on the game’s biggest stages. From top: Billy Casper watches a putt at the 1970 Masters Tournament; the 1965 Ryder Cup team, with Casper in the back row, second from right JUNE 2013 49

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - June 2013

US Airways - June 2013
Table of Contents
CEO Letter
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Best Outdoor Music Venues
Hub Crawl: Los Angeles International Airport
Wine & Dine: Infused Spirits
Great Tastes: B.B. King's Blues Clubs
Diversions: Beer Gardens
Great Escapes: Hard Rock Hotels
Great Escapes: Universal Orlando Resort
Diversions: Seven Super Spas
Adventure: Sebasco Harbor Resort, Maine
Golf: Billy Casper
Gear Up: Family Games
Travel Feature: The Lure of the Lake
US Airways: All in the Family
Chefs Tell: Sea Fire Grill
Charlotte, NC
Special Section: Los Angeles Arts
Must Read: Color Blind
Great Dates
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
Video Entertainment
Audio Entertainment
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
Window or Aisle?

US Airways - June 2013