(File pix) Simon Hobday, one of golf’s most colourful characters, has died aged 76, South Africa’s Sunshine Tour announced on Thursday. Pix from Twitter user @ForTheBoysGolf

CAPE TOWN: Simon Hobday, one of golf’s most colourful characters, has died aged 76, South Africa’s Sunshine Tour announced on Thursday.

Hobday won 17 professional events in his career, which started in 1969, including two on the European Tour and the US Senior Open in 1994.

South African-born Hobday had a reputation as a carouser, practical joker and raconteur but also as one of the best ball-strikers on the circuit. -- Reuters

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