Charlie Sifford overcame tremendous obstacles to become a pro golfer—including rules in his native South barring blacks from participating in the sport.
Caddying from age 9, he became the first African-American to play full-time on the PGA tour. He eventually won four PGA titles, including the Los Angeles Open in 1969.
Sifford has career earnings that exceed $1 million; a far cry from this first victory at age 13 when first prize earned him $10 and a case of soft drinks.
Photo courtesy of Hard Road to Glory, AP/Worldwide Photos
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