Legendary golfer Lee Elder, who made history at the 1975 Masters, dies aged 87

His cause of death has not been revealed.

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Mon, 29 Nov 2021

Legendary golfer Lee Elder, who made history at the 1975 Masters, dies aged 87

Lee Elder, the first African-American golfer to ever compete in the Masters, has died at the age of 87, it has been reported.

The legendary golfer's death was confirmed by Elder's friend, Renee Powell, in a Facebook post. 

His cause of death has not been revealed at this point. The PGA Tour have confirmed the news, describing him as a "trailblazer" in golf. 

Elder made history in 1975 when he became the first ever African-American to peg it up at Augustal National. 

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"The opportunity to earn an invitation to the Masters and stand at that first tee was my dream and to have it come true in 1975 remains one of the greatest highlights of my career and life" - Lee Elder

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"Lee Elder meant a lot to me because he was the first. He was the one that I looked up to. And because of what he did, I was able to play here, which was my dream." - Tiger Woods

He was honoured this past April alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

"Overnight, I was very saddened to hear of the death of my good friend Lee Elder," Powell wrote. 

"Lee had called me last week about doing a project together this summer."

Powell added: "This year, I was proudly standing next to the first tee at Augusta National when Lee was given honorary starter status alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player to open the Masters.

"Thank goodness, Lee was finally recognized there! Please keep his wife, Sharon, in your prayers."

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