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News // Texas’ best ever? Remembering Morris Williams, who died at 24. (golfweek.usatoday.com)

In a state that’s produced some of the game’s greatest players — Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite and Jordan Spieth to name a few — there’s a case to be made that one of the best golfers, if not the best, in Texas history remains a relative unknown, more recognizable for the Austin municipal golf course that bears his name than the potential he displayed in less than a quarter-century.

Certainly, Morris Williams Jr. didn’t build a career resume to stack up with those listed above, but those who saw him play before his tragic death at 24 saw something special, something that not only embodied the game’s etiquette, but the tenacity needed to become a superstar.

And Billy Clagett, an Austin icon who has been a star amateur golfer in the state’s capital for four decades — winning the city’s prestigious Firecracker Open six times — wasn’t about to let Williams’ legacy fall by the wayside, especially as newcomers continue…

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