CHEROKEE VILLAGE, Ark. (AP) Tommy Bolt, the 1958 U.S. Open champion who had one of golf's sweetest swings and most explosive tempers, has died of liver failure. He was 92. His wife, Mary Lou Bolt, said he died Saturday after "his liver shut down."
Bolt won 15 times on the PGA Tour, with his lone major at Southern Hills in the 1958 by four shots over Gary Player. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002, which he called the highlight of his career.
But it was temper which earned him the nicknames "Terrible Tommy" and "Thunder" that gained him the most notoriety.
Bolt was called "Terrible Tommy" and "Thunder," and he was often fined and suspended by the PGA Tour for slamming clubs and using abusive language. He set up a special fund from his earnings to pay the fines.