The first African-American golfer to win a PGA Tour event dies at 80
How Tiger Woods once helped Pete Brown is only part of his life story. He also took home a tournament in Burneyville, Okla., in 1964.
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 was the 1st African-American to win a sanctioned PGA Tour event. Pete Brown passed today at age 80 in Augusta, Ga. pic.twitter.com/Kk4oyxJM9n— Bob Denney (@pgahistorybug) May 1, 2015
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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