DURHAM, N.C., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Art Wall, who completed one of the greatest comebacks in golf history en route to the 1959 Masters title, died Wednesday. He was 77.
Duke University, where Wall starred in the late 1940s, made the announcement but did not reveal the cause of death.
Wall won 14 PGA Tour titles, including four during a memorable 1959 season, when he birdied five of the last six holes to erase a five-stroke deficit and edge Cary Middlecoff by a shot at The Masters.
The Pennsylvania native was the PGA Tour Player of the Year in 1959, when he led the money list and captured the Vardon Trophy for the lowest stroke average.
Wall also played for the United States Ryder Cup team in 1957, 1959 and 1961, going 4-2. Among his wins was a 7 & 6 triumph over Christy O'Connor Sr. in 1959, when the U.S. won the second of its five straight Ryder Cups.
Wall helped Duke to a second-place finish at the 1947 NCAA Championships and a fourth-place showing one year later before captaining the team as a senior. In 1997, he was enshrined in the school's Sports Hall of Fame.