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The Best Black Golfers Of All Time  

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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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Dewey Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Golfers Of All Time
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Dewey Brown

Professional debut: 1928

Career achievements
First known black member of the PGA Tour

Birthplace: North Carolina

A great golfer?
Charlie Sifford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Golfers Of All Time
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Charlie Sifford

Professional debut: 1948

Career achievements
22 professional wins
2004 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee

Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

A great golfer?
Althea Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Golfers Of All Time
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Professional debut: 1964

Career achievements
First black woman to compete on the Women's Professional Golf Tour
Ranked as high as 27th in the LPGA in 1966

Birthplace: Clarendon County, South Carolina, USA

A great golfer?

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Ted Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Golfers Of All Time
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Ted Rhodes

Career achievements
Helped pave the way for black golfers in the PGA with lawsuit
Granted posthumous PGA of America membership 

Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

A great golfer?