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Calvin Peete, most successful black golfer before arrival of Tiger Woods, dies

  • FILE - In this May 22, 1983, file photo, Calvin Peete holds his arms up in thanks to the gallery as they give him a standing ovation after he made a birdie on the 18th hole to win the Georgia Pacific-Atlanta Classic golf tournament in Atlanta. Peete, the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning, APril 29, 2015. He was 71. (AP Photo/Joe Holloway  Jr., File)

    FILE - In this May 22, 1983, file photo, Calvin Peete holds his arms up in thanks to the gallery as they give him a standing ovation after he made a birdie on the 18th hole to win the Georgia Pacific-Atlanta Classic golf tournament in Atlanta. Peete, the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning, APril 29, 2015. He was 71. (AP Photo/Joe Holloway Jr., File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 1983, file photo, PGA golfer Calvin Peete hits to the green during the Bob Hope Desert Classic golf tournament in Palm Springs, Calif. Peete, the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning, APril 29, 2015. He was 71. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 20, 1983, file photo, PGA golfer Calvin Peete hits to the green during the Bob Hope Desert Classic golf tournament in Palm Springs, Calif. Peete, the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning, APril 29, 2015. He was 71. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 22, 1983, file photo, Calvin Peete tips his cap as the gallery gives him a standing ovation after he made a birdie on the 18th hole to win the Pacific-Atlanta Classic golf tournament in Atlanta. Peete, the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning, April 29, 2015. He was 71. (AP Photo/Joe Holloway Jr. File)

    FILE - In this May 22, 1983, file photo, Calvin Peete tips his cap as the gallery gives him a standing ovation after he made a birdie on the 18th hole to win the Pacific-Atlanta Classic golf tournament in Atlanta. Peete, the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning, April 29, 2015. He was 71. (AP Photo/Joe Holloway Jr. File)  (The Associated Press)

Calvin Peete, the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning. He was 71.

The PGA Tour did not have a cause of death. Murray Brothers Funeral Home confirmed it was handling the arrangement but did not release additional information.

Peete won 12 times on the PGA Tour and was the most accurate driver of his generation. He led the tour in driving accuracy every year from 1981 to 1990. Peete's biggest year was in 1982 when he won four times. He won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average in 1984 by edging Jack Nicklaus.

He won The Players Championship in 1985 and played on two Ryder Cup teams.

He is survived by his wife, Pepper, and seven children.