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Monday, January 17, 2022

Lee Elder, 1st Black golfer to play in Masters, dies aged 87

Key takeaways:

  • Augusta National initiated scholarships in his honour at a private university in Georgia.
  • Lee Elder has gone at age 87.
  •  Elder acquired four events on the PGA Tour throughout his career. 

Lee Elder passes away at the age of 87: 

Lee Elder, who tore down racial restrictions as the initial Black golfer to compete in the Masters and covered the way for Tiger Woods and others to follow, has gone at the age of 87.

The PGA Tour declared Elder’s death, which was first proclaimed Monday by Debert Cook of African American Golfers Digest. No reason was given, but the journey confirmed Elder’s death with his family.

He had been in bad form and used an oxygen tube under his nose when he arrived at the opening of the Masters in April. The tour said he died beginning Sunday in Escondido, California.

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“Lee was a good player, but most importantly, a good man who was very well respected by countless people,” Jack Nicklaus addressed on his Twitter account. “The game of golf lost a hero in Lee Elder.” Source – cbc.ca

A Texan who began his game during divided times while caddying and working for rounds, Elder created history in 1975 at Augusta National, which had been an all-white sport till he got an offer after conquering the Monsanto Open the prior year.

Elder wanted the cut at his first Masters but always marked himself as a groundbreaking character in a sport that had never been known for racial tolerance.

“Lee Elder was a pioneer, and in so many ways,” Nicklaus stated. “Yes, he was the first black golfer to play in the Master’s Tournament, but that simply underlined the hard work Lee put in to further the cause of everyone who has a dream to play on the PGA Tour and perhaps thinks there were too many barriers before them.” Source – cbc.ca

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