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Charlie Sifford: A Life in PicturesIn 1969, Charlie Sifford won the Los Angeles Open. It was the second PGA Tour victory for Sifford, who in 1960 became the first African-American player to earn PGA Tour membership.
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Sifford, left, giving a lesson in 1961 to Billy Eckstine, a big-band leader and singer. When Sifford first turned pro, there wasn't much money in the game, and virtually none for black players, so Sifford supplemented his income by giving lessons.
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Sifford, center, with the golfer Teddy Rhodes, left, and the singer Nat "King" Cole at the 1958 North-South Negro Golf Tournament at the Miami Country Club. Sifford won the National Negro Championship five straight times in the '50s, as well as the 1957 Long Beach Open, a PGA co-sponsored event.
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Tiger Woods and Sifford talked at the Nissan Open in 1998. Sifford said recently of Woods, "He's a great young player."
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Sifford, right, and Earl Woods helped open an inner-city junior golf program in Houston in 1997.
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In 2004, Sifford became the first African-American to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.