Past PGA Tour event champs ‘Mac’ McLendon, Dale Douglass pass away in same week

Perhaps prompting the more superstitious fans of the PGA Tour to suspect that a curse may be at play, two renowned past champions, “Mac” McLendon and Dale Douglass, both died last week, remarkably, within mere days of one another.

As the famed golf organization itself reported on its website, McLendon was the winner of four Tour titles, and he passed away on July 4 in Shoal Creek, Alabama at the age of 76.

Born Benson Rayfield McLendon, Jr, the golfer who ultimately acquired the nickname “Mac” played in a total of 326 tour events, and after retiring from the professional links, he worked in the financial services industry for many years and was inducted into the Louisiana State University Athletics Hall of Fame, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, and the Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame.

McLendon leaves behind his wife Joan, daughter Amy, as well as two grandchildren, and he was predeceased by a son, Lance.

The Tour reported separately that just two days after McLendon’s passing, three-time event champion Dale Douglass died in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 86.

Douglass graduated from the University of Colorado and ultimately parlayed his work as a teaching professional in the same state to noteworthy success on the PGA Tour, starting in 1963.

The well-respected athlete took home three total Tour titles, all within a span of 10-months, starting with the 1969 Azalea Open Invitational and Kemper Open, both of which were followed closely by his victory at the 1970 Phoenix Open.

Once he turned 50, Douglass made a splash on the PGA TOUR Champions senior circuit, ultimately taking home 11 titles and 26 second-place finishes before he retired for good in 2011.

The dedication and skill these McLendon and Douglass personified will surely be remembered not just by their friends and families, but also by the countless golf fans who were privileged to watch them over the decades.