The first African- American PGA Tour member, Charlie Sifford, died Tuesday night.
He was known as the Jackie Robinson of golf because he was a pioneer for blacks who wanted to play golf. Because he was not allowed to play on the tour, he and other African- Americans organized their own tournaments.
In 1961, he became a member of the tour. The only two wins he has came at the Greater Hartford Open Invitational in 1967 and the Los Angeles Open in 1969. The Suntree Classic and the PGA Seniors’ Championship were the only wins Sifford had on the Champions Tour.
He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004 and awarded him the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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