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The Best Black Golfers Of All Time

Updated July 6, 2020 258 votes 42 voters 1.7k views22 items

Any list of the best Black golfers of all-time almost has to start with Tiger Woods. Woods is one of the most famous athletes in the world and has been a dominant force in the world of golf for more than 20 years. In a sport mostly dominated by white athletes, Woods helped change the perception of a what a superstar golfer could look like. 

Golf has not been the most welcoming sport toward the Black community. Many Black professional golfers had to fight and claw their way to even be allowed to play at certain courses, and players like Bill Spiller and Ted Rhodes helped pave the way as the first Black golfers to challenge the PGA's "caucasions only" rule. 

So get ready to tee off and vote for who you think is the best Black golfer of all time and be sure to share the list with your golf buddies so they can cast their vote as well!

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  • Career years: 1996-present

    Career achievements
    5x Masters winner (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019)
    4x PGA Championship winner (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007)
    3x U.S. Open winner (2000, 2002, 2008)
    3x British Open winner (2000, 2005, 2006)
    82 PGA Tour wins (PGA record)
    2019 Presidential Medal of Freedom

    • Birthplace: Cypress, California, USA
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  • Career years: 1975-2001

    Career achievements
    12 PGA Tour wins

    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
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    Ann Gregory

    Ann Gregory
    Photo: user uploaded image

    Career achievements
    Won nearly 300 tournaments in her career
    African American Golfers Hall of Fame induction in 2006
    National Black Golfers Hall of Fame induction in 2012

    • Birthplace: Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA
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    Jim Thorpe

    Professional debut: 1974

    Career achievements
    3 PGA Tour wins
    13 PGA Tour Champions wins

    • Birthplace: Roxboro, North Carolina, USA
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