November 29, (THEWILL) – Lee Elder, legendary professional golfer, has died at the age of 87.
This was disclosed by the PGA Tour via their Twitter account:
“Lee Elder has passed away at the age of 87. In 1975, he made history as the first African American to compete in the Masters Tournament. Lee was honored this past April at Augusta National and his legacy will surely live on.”
Elder was iconic for being the first African-American to compete in the Masters tournament, which he did in 1975. He participated six times at Augusta National, twice placing in the top 20.
On the PGA Tour, the Texas native won four times, including the 1974 Monsanto Open, which earned him the first invitation to a Masters tournament.
Elder said he received threats in the weeks leading up to his first appearance at the Masters, so he rented two houses to hide his location.
In 2021, he was honoured as an honorary starter alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player by the tournament, and earned a standing ovation from the audience.
Elder also helped the United States team win the Ryder Cup in 1979, breaking the colour barrier in the competition as well. He went on to win nine times on the PGA Champions Tour later in his career.
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