CHARLIE SIFFORD, FIRST BLACK PLAYER ON PGA TOUR, DEAD AT 92

February 4, 2015

Charlie Sifford, who broke golf’s color line when he became the first black player on the PGA Tour, died last night (February 3rd) after recently suffering stroke. He was 92.

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The PGA rescinded the whites-only clause in 1961 after it was challenged by Sifford, and he went on to win the Greater Hartford Open in 1967 and the Los Angeles Open in 1969, as well as the 1975 Senior PGA Championship, however he never played in the Masters, which didn’t invite its first black player until 1975.

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Sifford became the first African-American inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004, and was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom this past November by President Obama.

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