Elder, First Black Golfer to Play in Masters, Dies

  

Elder, First Black Golfer to Play in Masters, Dies

Lee Elder, who was the first Black golfer to play at the Masters, has died at the age of 87, the PGA Tour confirmed on Monday. Elder broke through Augusta's race barrier at the 1975 edition of the famous competition. He was honored at the 2021 Masters, joining Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as an honorary starter in the ceremonial first tee shot to begin the tournament. Elder told CNN in 2015 that making his Masters debut in Augusta, Georgia, was a "very nerve-racking" experience. "I was shaking so badly, I did not know if I was even going to be able to tee up the ball," he said. "How I got through it I do not know, just with the help of the Almighty I got there and was able to put my ball on the tee."
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