AUGUSTA (WJBF) – NewsChannel 6 is sad to report legendary golfer, Lee Elder, has died.

Robert Lee Elder was the first African-American to play the Masters in 1975, breaking the color barrier.

He was honored at the 2021 Masters, joining Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as an honorary starter in the ceremonial first tee shot to begin the tournament.

He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Paine College for is outstanding achievements throughout his lifetime.

Augusta Mayor, Hardie Davis, proclaimed April 6, 2021 as “Lee Elder Day”.

Mr. Elder was 87-years old.

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