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Nov
26
2014
Sifford

Sifford was one of 18 recipients

Charlie Sifford was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, at a White House reception on Monday. The 92-year-old is only the third golfer to receive the illustrious distinction, following Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

Sifford is often referred to as the Jackie Robinson of golf, fighting hard to desegregate the color barrier in golf. He finally prevailed in 1961 when he became the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour, after the Caucasian-only clause was struck from PGA of America’s constitution.

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