The first African-American golfer to win a PGA Tour event dies at 80

Pete Brown was the tour's first African-American winner. (Getty Images)
Pete Brown was the tour's first African-American winner. (Getty Images)

Pete Brown was not the first African-American golfer to play in a PGA Tour event. (That would be Charlie Sifford, who passed away earlier this year.)

Nor was Brown the most prolific. (That title belongs to Calvin Peete, who passed away earlier this week.) But Brown was the first African-American golfer to win a PGA Tour event.

Brown won the Waco Turner Open in Burneyville, Oklahoma, in 1964.

He had a tough post-golf life, though. Two of his daughters died of cancer and, according to this Sports Illustrated profile of Jim Dent, Brown was bedridden for a while.

His buddy Dent even let him stay in a house he owned in Augusta, Georgia, rent-free. Tiger Woods helped pay for the move. 

It's been said that these things happen in threes. First, Sifford. Then, Peete. Now, Brown. Three of the most iconic African-American golfers ever. 

Hopefully, Brown is the last to pass for a long time. He'll always be known as the first to win.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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