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Ferrier, Former PGA Champion, Is Dead at 71

Jim Ferrier, former PGA champion and a top competitor on the PGA Tour in three decades, died Thursday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank. He was 71.

Ferrier, a native of Australia, won the PGA in 1947 when it was a match-play tournament. He defeated Chick Harbert, 2 and 1, in the final.

Ferrier won the Canadian Open in 1950 and 1951. He was second in money winnings in ’50 and third in ’51. In 1960, at the age of 45, he finished second in the PGA, a shot behind Jay Hebert and a shot ahead of Sam Snead.

His first tournament win came in the Oakland Open in 1944.

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Ferrier’s PGA victory gave him a lifetime exemption, and he continued to play in tournaments until a few years ago. Most recently, he worked as a pro at the Lakeside Country Club.

He leaves his wife Lorraine and three stepchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Hollywood Hills.


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