PGA TOUR veteran Dan Halldorson, a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, died Wednesday night after suffering a massive stroke.
Halldorson was 63.
Halldorson played in 440 events on the PGA TOUR between 1975-2004, winning the 1980 Pensacola Open and just under $1.2 million. He also won the 1986 Deposit Guaranty Classic, which was an unofficial event.
In addition, Halldorson had seven victories on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and was named Canada’s professional Golfer of the Year in 1981 and 1983. He was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.
Halldorson also represented Canada and won two World Cups, teaming with Jim Nelford in 1980 and Dave Barr in 1985. He played nine events on PGA TOUR Champions before moving into golf administration, serving as Deputy Director of the Mackenzie Tour from 2005-2011.
Most recently, he worked as the director of golf for Oak Island Resort in Manitoba.
"It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Dan Halldorson, whose lifetime of achievements in Canadian golf both as a player and a builder of what is now the Mackenzie Tour rank him among the greatest contributors to the game in the country's history,” said Mackenzie Tour President Jeff Monday.
“As a player, Dan's record ranks among the best of his generation. … His contributions to professional golf in Canada, however, go beyond his playing days, including a major role in the creation and later administration as Deputy Director of the Mackenzie Tour. Our thoughts are with his family at this time."
Former Masters champion Mike Weir, also a Canadian golfer, reacted to Halldorson’s death on Twitter:
“Thoughts & prayers w/the Halldorson family! Sad news as Dan passed away last night! As genuine a man in professional golf & mentor to many!”
Another Canadian pro, Graham DeLaet also tweeted: “Such sad news. He was always so great to me and other young Canadian golfers. You will be missed, Dan. RIP"