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Billy Casper passes away

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Golf legend, Billy Casper, passed away Saturday at the age of 83.

Casper played alongside Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player, however he never did reach their popularity.

He was able to win 51 times on the PGA Tour including three majors. He happens to be seven on the all-time wins list.

Casper became a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978.

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Charlie Sifford dead at 92

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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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