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Major champion Hal Sutton confirms he's very much alive after PGA magazine reports him dead

Former PGA Championship winner Hal Sutton took to social media to confirm he was still alive and kicking after PGA Magazine mistakenly listed him in its obituary section.

Sutton, who famously defeated Jack Nicklaus by one stroke to win the 1983 US PGA Championship at Riviera, revealed he was flooded by concerned calls and messages after being listed as having passed away on 19 January 2024.

"Just a correction," Sutton said understatedly on X, "the PGA magazine put me in their obituaries as having passed away January 19th!!! I didn't and I'm alive and well just putting the finishing touches on Darmor Club before our opening June 1. Thanks to all who have checked up on me."

According to Sutton, the PGA magazine wrote his name instead down in error of two-time major winner Jack Burke, who did in fact die on 19 January at the age of 100. 

When one user asked who was responsible for such an error, the 65-year-old Sutton replied: "I don't know but it was a reminder to be grateful for life. A lot of people checked on me so I was thankful for that."

Apart from his PGA Championship in heroics in 1983, Sutton is also remembered for his thrilling final-round duel with Tiger Woods at the 2000 Players Championship, which ended with the then-41-year-old coming out on top after a fantastic final approach to the 18th green.

Sutton now serves as the President and General Manager of Darmor Club in Texas. 

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