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Billy Casper out of hospital after fainting at Augusta National

By Dave Shedloski

loop-billy-casper-250.jpgAUGUSTA, Ga. -- Former Masters champion Billy Casper was hospitalized Wednesday night after fainting at Augusta National Golf Club.

Casper, 82, who won the 1970 Masters by beating Gene Littler in an 18-hole playoff, was taken to an undisclosed hospital and kept overnight for observation, according to a spokesman for Casper. He was released Thursday morning and was resting at a home in town that he is renting for the week. Casper attended the traditional Champions Dinner at the club on Tuesday evening.

The three-time major winner, shown right at the 2005 Masters, was unavailable for comment. A spokesman for Casper said he intended to return to Augusta National on Friday.

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