PGA Tour trailblazer Lee Elder passes away at age 87
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PGA Tour trailblazer Lee Elder passes away at age 87

Four-time PGA Tour winner Lee Elder, the first Black player to compete at the Masters, has passed away. He was 87 years old.

Elder, who lost both of his parents before the age of 10 and overcame many personal obstacles on his journey to becoming a pro golfer, made his trailblazing Masters appearance in 1975. He then went on to play in five more Masters and 34 major championships and placed in the top-25 on seven occasions. 

Tiger Woods acknowledged Elder's impact on golf when he became the first Black player to win the Masters in 1997.

"I wasn't the pioneer. Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder, and Teddy Rhodes paved the way," Woods said at the time, via ESPN. "I was thinking about them and what they've done for me as I was coming up the 18th fairway. I said a little prayer and a thanks to those guys. They are the ones who did it for me."

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