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Charlie Sifford dies at 92; pioneer to became the first black on the PGA Tour

  • FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2014,  file photo former PGA golfer Charlie Sifford talks during an interview at his home in Brecksville, Ohio. Sifford, who fought the Caucasian-only clause on the PGA Tour and became its first black member has died Monday night Feb. 2, 2015. He was 92. The PGA of America confirmed the death of Sifford, who recently suffered a stroke. No cause of death was given. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2014, file photo former PGA golfer Charlie Sifford talks during an interview at his home in Brecksville, Ohio. Sifford, who fought the Caucasian-only clause on the PGA Tour and became its first black member has died Monday night Feb. 2, 2015. He was 92. The PGA of America confirmed the death of Sifford, who recently suffered a stroke. No cause of death was given. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 13, 1969, file photo, Charlie Sifford throws up his arms after he dropped a short par putt on the 18th green to tie Harold Henning at the end of 72 holes in the Los Angeles Open golf tournament. Sifford, who fought the Caucasian-only clause on the PGA Tour and became its first black member has died Monday night Feb. 2, 2015. He was 92. The PGA of America confirmed the death of Sifford, who recently suffered a stroke. No cause of death was given. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 13, 1969, file photo, Charlie Sifford throws up his arms after he dropped a short par putt on the 18th green to tie Harold Henning at the end of 72 holes in the Los Angeles Open golf tournament. Sifford, who fought the Caucasian-only clause on the PGA Tour and became its first black member has died Monday night Feb. 2, 2015. He was 92. The PGA of America confirmed the death of Sifford, who recently suffered a stroke. No cause of death was given. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2014, file photo former PGA golfer Charlie Sifford talks during an interview at his home in Brecksville, Ohio. Sifford, who fought the Caucasian-only clause on the PGA Tour and became its first black member has died Monday night Feb. 2, 2015. He was 92. The PGA of America confirmed the death of Sifford, who recently suffered a stroke. No cause of death was given. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2014, file photo former PGA golfer Charlie Sifford talks during an interview at his home in Brecksville, Ohio. Sifford, who fought the Caucasian-only clause on the PGA Tour and became its first black member has died Monday night Feb. 2, 2015. He was 92. The PGA of America confirmed the death of Sifford, who recently suffered a stroke. No cause of death was given. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)  (The Associated Press)

Charlie Sifford, who fought the Caucasian-only clause on the PGA Tour and became its first black member has died Monday night. He was 92.

The PGA of America confirmed the death of Sifford, who recently suffered a stroke. No cause of death was given.

A proud man who endured threats and racial taunts, Sifford won twice on the PGA Tour. His goal was to win and play in the three American majors. He never made it to the Masters, which did not have its first black player until Lee Elder in 1975.

Sifford became the first black to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004. Late last year, President Barack Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer are the only other golfers to receive that honor.