Calvin Peete passes away

Peete overcame physical difficulties to enjoy a fantastic career as a professional golfer and was the most successful African-American player on the PGA Tour prior to the emergence of Tiger Woods.

He won 12 times on the PGA Tour in total and was the most accurate driver of his generation, leading the tour in driving accuracy every year from 1981 to 1990.

His most successful year was in 1982, when he won four times, and he claimed the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average in 1984, edging out Jack Nicklaus.

He won The Players Championship in 1985 and played for the USA in the Ryder Cups of 1983 and 1985, winning both of his singles matches and finishing with a record of four wins, two defeats and one half.

Peete achieved all this despite playing with a left arm he could not totally extend because of a broken elbow that occurred during a childhood fall, and his permanently bent arm ensured his swing was easily recognisable.

He is survived by seven children and his wife Pepper, who said: ???Everyone in the family admired and loved him.

???We are so thankful that he was in our lives as a father, husband and role model.?? He was a blessing, and he will be missed.???

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said: ???Calvin was an inspiration to so many people.

???He started in the game relatively late in life but quickly became one of the Tour???s best players, winning and winning often despite the hardship of his injured arm.

???I can still remember watching Calvin hit drive after drive straight down the middle of the fairway, an amazing display of talent he possessed despite some of his physical limitations.

???Throughout his life, he gave so much, and we especially noticed it when he moved to Ponte Vedra Beach as he continued to support the community, the PGA Tour, and our various charitable pursuits.

???Calvin will always be remembered as a great champion and an individual who consistently gave back to the game. We will dearly miss him.???

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