ATLANTA (AP) — Calvin Peete, who taught himself how to play golf at 24 and became the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning, the PGA Tour said. He was 71.
The tour did not have a cause of death. Murray Brothers Funeral Home confirmed it was handling the arrangements but did not release additional information.
Peete won 12 times on the PGA Tour, mainly on the strength of his uncanny accuracy...
"My uncle was a great man. I will truly miss his presence and laugh and conversation. May God continue blessing my family and thank you all for being there. He is and always will be the best first African American golf legend."
– Rachel Baker, Great niece ,
Landover, MD, May 08, 2015
"Never had the chance to meet him personally but followed his action while he was on tour..I admired him greatly for the humble person he wAs and for the way he played...he will be missed..GOD Has Made a home for him"