Lee Elder: First Black Golfer At Masters, 37 Years Ago Today
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Of the few iconic African-American professional golfers, Lee Elder arguably remains the one who left the most indelible mark on the sport.
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Thirty-seven years ago today Elder became the first black golfer ever to play in the Masters.
He broke down racial barriers and paved the way for an entire generation of black golfers, most notably setting the stage for Tiger Woods‘ success at golf’s top US tournament.
In a 2010 interview, Elder, now 76, recalled the details of that day in April 1975.
He told Golfweek:
My tee time was 11:15, with Gene Littler. It had been misting rain early in the morning. When I exited through the clubhouse door, the sun broke through. The headlines of the paper the next day said, “Elder brought sunshine to a most dismal day.” I shot 74. I bogeyed the last two holes. I had a decent round going. The next day, I was paired with Miller Barber. I didn’t play too well. I wasn’t used to all the slo
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