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1966 'Champagne' Tony Lema, Open Champion in 1964 at St Andrews and with 11 other PGA Tour victories in his tragically short career, is killed in a light aircraft accident following the 1966 PGA Championship at Firestone Country Club. He was on his way with his wife to an exhibition match when his plane ran out of fuel and crashed in a water hazard close to the 7th green of Lansing Country Club, Illinois, less than a mile from their destination airport, killing all four aboard.
After an up and down start to his career, Lema became a prolific winner, taking three events in four weeks in 1964 and amassing 12 PGA victories, as well as 15 other top 3s, between 1962 and 1966. He also claimed the World Series of Golf in 1964. His nickname stems from a joke he made the evening before the final round of 1962 Orange County Open Invitational, saying he would serve champagne to the press if he won. He did and kept his word, and was known as 'Champagne Tony' thereafter.

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