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Golf legend Charles Sifford dies at 92

First black professional golfer to hold a PGA tour card. (Source: PGA) First black professional golfer to hold a PGA tour card. (Source: PGA)
Legendary golfer, Charlie Sifford dies. (Source: AP Photo/Mark Duncan) Legendary golfer, Charlie Sifford dies. (Source: AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Pro golf legend Charles Sifford has died.

Sifford broke racial barriers by playing a role in getting the Professional Golfers' Association of America to overturn its "caucasians only" clause in 1961.

After that, Sifford became the first African-American to receive a PGA Tour card.

In 2001, Sifford became the first black golfer to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom back in November.  Only two other golfers, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, have earned the highest civilian honor.

Sifford suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized since January 26.

Charles Sifford was 92-years-old.

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