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Terrible-Tempered Tommy Bolt

Patricia Sullivan

AP is reporting that Tommy Bolt, the 1958 U.S. Open champion who had one of golf's sweetest swings and most explosive tempers, has died. He was 92.

Bolt won 15 Professional Golfers Association events and several more titles on the seniors tour. Yet his temper gained him the most notoriety.

Nicknamed "Terrible Tempered Tommy" and "Thunder," Bolt was often fined and suspended by the PGA Tour for slamming clubs and using abusive language. He set up a special fund from his winnings to pay the fines.

"I've busted a few clubs in my time," Bolt recalled after retiring from the Tour. "I think it's all right for a man to break his golf clubs, every one in the bag if he wants to. They're his clubs. He's the one to suffer.

"As for throwing clubs, that's something else. That could be dangerous."

By the time he joined the senior tour, he said he changed. "I'm converted," he said about his calm demeanor on the course. "I'm sweet as pie now."

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 3, 2008; 12:27 PM ET
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