Tom Kite’s Wife Christy Passes Away at Age 63

Tom Kite- Known as one of the most consistent players on Tour. Once known as the best player who had not won a Major. 1992 U.S. Open Champion, World Golf Hall of Fame Member, and.... diaper wearer? We're not sure what to call the triangle-shaped shorts Tom Kite is wearing in this 1984 photo from a sports medicine lab in Los Angeles. Trants? Trorts?
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Christy Kite, the wife of 1992 U.S. Open Champion Tom Kite, passed away at age 63 yesterday after a three-year battle with cancer.

Golf Channel noted her passing during its broadcast of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship from Hawaii on Saturday night and shared an email Tom Kite sent to friends, which read in part:

“Last night the good lord took my girl away from all the pain and grief of this world to be with him … Christy fought a long tough battle, but cancer is a formidable, unrelenting foe. She lived a good life, and she would like for you to celebrate her life along with us.”

The Austin American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls reports Christy was a fine player as well and competed in college at Arizona State.

Tributes to her poured in throughout the day on social media:

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