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Charlie Sifford remembered for his courage as first black PGA member

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(AP) - The man who broke the Professional Golf Association's color barrier has died.

Charlie Sifford was banned from being a PGA member because of its Caucasian-only clause when he played in Ohio at the Rubber City Open in 1958 at Firestone. He was paired with an 18-year-old amateur named Jack Nicklaus.

Nicklaus was among those who nominated Sifford for the Medal of Freedom which was presented by President Barack Obama. Sifford faced racial taunts and death threats after joining the tour in 1961. He won twice and was the first black inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Sifford, who died yesterday at age 92, is being praised today by Nicklaus, Obama and Tiger Woods, who called him his "grandpa."

Sifford, who was 92, wrote in his book that he was paid 60 cents to caddy and gave his mother 50 cents and spent 10 cents on a cigar, which along with his determination, became his trademark.

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