Former professional golfer Lee Elder dies.
We are sad to report, according to sources, that this past evening that legendary golfer Lee Elder passed yesterday. He was a good man and a great player. Our sincere condolences to his wife Sharon, family and fans. Stay tuned for updates.
The PGA Tour announced on Monday that Elder had passed away at the age of 87. Elder made history in 1975, becoming the first African-American golfer to participate in the Masters.
The cause of death was not disclosed.
At the opening ceremony of the Masters earlier this year, Elder was commended.
Elder has participated in the Masters many times. His best result was 17th in 1979. The Texan has won four times on the PGA Tour and eight times on the Championship Tour. He finished 11th at the 1974 PGA Championship and 11th at the 1979 U.S. Open.
Photo: April 8, 2021; Augusta, Georgia, USA; Honorary starter Lee Elder sits on the first tee in the first round of the Masters. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA Today Sports