USGA shares touching video tribute to elderly fan who died watching US Open at Erin Hills

Posted at 3:36 PM, Jun 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-20 16:48:30-04

The USGA has shared an emotional video tribute to the man who passed away last week at Erin Hills during the US Open golf tournament.

94-year-old Marshall "Chick" Jacobs died Friday in the arms of his son, Bill, after becoming unresponsive at the 6th green. Just three days earlier, his wife, Lucille Jacobs, died after experiencing complications from a broken hip.

On Tuesday, the USGA published a video which shows Jacobs' family discussing their loss. You can watch it here:

"The only way that he was not going to come out here to the US Open was if he passed," Marshall's son Bill says in the video. "He was elated. So I think that he had seen Steve Stricker, and said 'I saw it all, so let's go to lunch.'"

Bill recalled that when his father made plans to go to the tournament when it was awarded to Erin Hills in 2010, he remarked that he hoped he would still be alive to attend. Bill told the Journal Sentinel he and his dad spent "three hours of bliss" Friday watching the game's greatest players.

Family members say the two loved golf and traveled the country playing in couples' leagues. A joint funeral is planned for Friday.

"For three hours, he was here, it was a little heaven on earth; and then Jesus came to take him to his majestic heaven to be with his wife," Marshall's daughter said.