|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Charles L. Sifford|
June 2, 1922 |
Charlotte, North Carolina
|Residence||Shaker Heights, Ohio|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|U.S. Open||T21: 1972|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T33: 1965|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||2004 (member page)|
|Old Tom Morris Award||2007|
Sifford was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and currently resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He began work as a caddy at the age of thirteen. Later he competed in the golf tournaments that black golfers organized for themselves as they were excluded from the PGA of America, and worked as a personal golf coach for band leader Billy Eckstine. He first attempted to qualify for a PGA Tour event at the 1952 Phoenix Open, using an invitation obtained by former World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis and was subjected to threats and racial abuse there and at other tournaments. In 1957 he won the Long Beach Open, which was not an official PGA Tour event, but was co-sponsored by the PGA and had some well known white players in the field. He became a member of the Tour in 1961 (thus becoming the first African-American to join the PGA Tour), and went on to win two official money events. He also won the 1975 PGA Seniors' Championship, then the leading tournament for golfers over fifty.
In 2004, Sifford became the first African American inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He chose fellow Hall of Fame member South African Gary Player to present him for induction. On June 22, 2006, he received an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews as a Doctor of Laws. He also received the 2007 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, GCSAA's highest honor.
In 2009, the Northern Trust Open created an exemption for a player who represents the advancement of diversity in golf; it is named in honor of Sifford and is referred to as the Charlie Sifford Exemption.
In 2011 Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation renamed Revolution Park Golf Course to Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park.
PGA Tour wins
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Aug 20, 1967||Greater Hartford Open Invitational||–12(69-70-69-64=272)||1 stroke||Steve Oppermann|
|2||Jan 12, 1969||Los Angeles Open||–8 (63-71-71-71=276)||Playoff||Harold Henning|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||1969||Los Angeles Open||Harold Henning||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
Other wins (12)
- 1952 UGA National Negro Open
- 1953 UGA National Negro Open
- 1954 UGA National Negro Open
- 1955 UGA National Negro Open
- 1956 UGA National Negro Open, Rhode Island Open
- 1957 Long Beach Open
- 1960 UGA National Negro Open, Almaden Open (unofficial win - one year prior to becoming a PGA Tour event)
- 1963 Puerto Rico Open
- 1971 Sea Pines
- 1975 Northern Ohio PGA Championship
Senior PGA Tour wins
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||Nov 16, 1980||Suntree Classic||–9 (70-71-71-67=279)||4 strokes||Don January|
Other senior wins (7)
- 1975 PGA Seniors' Championship - (5 years prior to becoming a Champions Tour event; event is now a Champions Tour major)
- 1988 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Legendary Division (with Roberto DeVicenzo)
- 1989 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Legendary Division (with Roberto DeVicenzo)
- 1991 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Legendary Division (with Roberto DeVicenzo)
- 1998 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Demaret Division (with Joe Jimenez)
- 1999 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Demaret Division (with Joe Jimenez)
- 2000 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Demaret Division (with Joe Jimenez)
Results in major championships
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10
- Glenn, Rhonda (February 7, 2012). "A Hard Road to Golf Glory". USGA.
- Rhoden, William C. (November 25, 2014). "A Pioneer’s Tribute Is Both a Reward and a Reminder: Charlie Sifford Is Given the Presidential Medal of Freedom". The New York Times.
- "Sifford set to break another barrier: World Golf Hall of Fame will welcome first black member". MSNBC. Associated Press. November 13, 2004. Archived from the original on November 14, 2004.
- "Sifford Exemption 'out of this world'". ESPN. Associated Press. February 2, 2009.
- "Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park". Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- "President Obama Announces the Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients". The White House. November 10, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
- Britt, Grant (1998). Charlie Sifford. Great Athletes. Morgan Reynolds. ISBN 978-1883846275.
- Sifford, Charlie (1992). Just Let Me Play: The Story of Charlie Sifford, the First Black PGA Golfer. British Amer Pub Ltd. ISBN 978-0945167440.
- Sounes, Howard (2004). The Wicked Game: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and the Story of Modern Golf. William Morrow. ISBN 0-06-051386-1.