Pro golf pioneer Billy Casper dies at age 83

Billy Casper, who won the 1966 U.S. Open, lines up a putt.

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  • Golf great Billy Casper dies at 83
  • Casper's resume included three major titles and 51 PGA Tour events
  • He was known as "Buffalo Bill" for his strict diet of organic meat and vegetables

(CNN)After an illustrious golf career that spanned more than four decades, one of the sport's legends has died.

Billy Casper, a pioneer of professional golf, died Saturday afternoon at his home in Springville, Utah, at the age of 83, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The PGA posted news of Casper's death as well, describing him as "one of the most prolific PGA TOUR winners in history and long considered among the sport's finest putters."
    His resume included three major titles and 51 PGA Tour events -- putting him seventh on the U.S circuit's all-time list.
    "Billy Casper was one of the greatest winners in PGA Tour history and was a dominant player for the better part of three decades," tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. "We remember his three major championships and his incredible work on the greens that made him one of the best putters of his generation. Beyond his career as a player, though, we will remember Billy as tremendous husband and father, a man devoted to family, charitable pursuits and his religion. He truly has left us with a lasting legacy."