23 Ken Venturi Quotes from the American Professional Golfer

Kenneth Paul Venturi was an accomplished American golfer and broadcaster.

He won 14 PGA Tour tournaments, including the 1964 U.S. Open, despite battling injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome.

His amateur golf career featured a second-place finish at the 1956 Masters and two California State Amateur Championships.

Ken Venturi

Post-retirement in 1967, Venturi had a successful 35-year broadcasting career with CBS Sports.

Recognized as Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year” in 1964, Venturi was posthumously inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.

In this article, I have compiled the best Ken Venturi quotes.

Best Ken Venturi Quotes


All of us have an ‘inner clock,’ a certain pace at which we function most comfortably and effectively. ~ Ken Venturi.


My father always said excuses are the crutches for the untalented. ~ Ken Venturi.


All of my decisions I made when I was a kid were decisions, would my mother and father be proud of. ~ Ken Venturi.

There are two great rules of life: never tell everything at once. ~ Ken Venturi.


Sometimes you try to make it happen instead of just letting it happen. ~ Ken Venturi.


Art said he wanted to get more distance. I told him to hit it and run backward. ~ Ken Venturi.

All of my decisions I made when I was a kid were decisions, would my mother and father be proud of. ~ Ken Venturi.


The greatest gift in life is to be remembered. ~ Ken Venturi.

My father was a man of few words. ~ Ken Venturi.


You can’t make good scores happen. You’ve got to let it happen. ~ Ken Venturi.

I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be. ~ Ken Venturi.


I couldn’t say my own name when I was 12. ~ Ken Venturi.

Famous Ken Venturi Quotes

Retirement isn’t so bad. Give me a tall drink, a plush sofa and a rerun of ‘Matlock,’ and you can have the rest. Matlock is my hero. He never loses. ~ Ken Venturi.

The hardest thing in golf is trying to two-putt when you have to, because your brain isn’t wired that way. You’re accustomed to trying to make putts, and when you change that mind-set, your brain short-circuits, especially under pressure. ~ Ken Venturi.

Top Ken Venturi Quotes


My father taught me that the easiest thing to do was to quit. He’d say, ‘It doesn’t take any talent to do that.’ ~ Ken Venturi.

People thought I was cocky because I didn’t talk much. When I first turned pro, reporters asked me who was going to win. I’d say, ‘I am’ because it was the easier than giving some long, drawn-out answer. ~ Ken Venturi.


I had a terrible stammering problem when I was young, and as a result I spent a lot of time alone. ~ Ken Venturi.

I began seeing my wife, Kathleen, while I was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. ~ Ken Venturi.

After you have the basics down it’s all mental. ~ Ken Venturi.

The only times you touch the ball with your hand are when you tee it up and when you pick it out of the cup. The hell with television towers and cables and burrowing animals and the thousand and one things that are referred to as ‘not part of the golf course’. If you hit the ball off the fairway, you play it from there. ~ Ken Venturi.


Victory is everything. You can spend the money but you can never spend the memories. ~ Ken Venturi.

So these were the 23 top Ken Venturi quotes and sayings.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on Irving Langmuir quotes and Irwin Corey quotes.

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