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Calvin Peete (July 18, 1943 – April 29, 2015) was an American professional golfer. He was the most successful African-American to have played on the PGA Tour, with 12 wins, prior to the emergence of Tiger Woods. Peete won the 1985 Tournament Players Championship and finished the season top-5 on the PGA Tour money list three times; 1982, 1983 and 1985.

Calvin Peete
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Personal information
Full nameCalvin Peete
Born(1943-07-18)July 18, 1943
Detroit, Michigan
DiedApril 29, 2015(2015-04-29) (aged 71)
Atlanta, Georgia
Nationality United States
Career
Turned professional1975
Retired2001
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins14
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour12
Japan Golf Tour2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT11: 1986
PGA ChampionshipT3: 1982
U.S. OpenT4: 1983
The Open ChampionshipDNP
Achievements and awards
Vardon Trophy1984
Byron Nelson Award1984

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BiographyEdit

Peete was born in Detroit. He played on the 1983 and 1985 U.S. Ryder Cup teams. He won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average in 1984. He was in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for several weeks when they debuted in 1986.[1]

Peete did not begin playing golf until he was in his 20s, but immediately excelled at a game most pros learn as young children. He learned the game while peddling goods to migrant workers in Rochester, New York, playing on the public course at Genesee Valley Park. Growing up poor, Peete suffered a badly broken arm that was never properly set.[2] He was the leader in driving accuracy on the PGA Tour for 10 straight years, 1981–90. Peete was inducted into the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.[3]

Peete died after a long battle with lung cancer, in Atlanta, Georgia on April 29, 2015.[4] He was 71.

FamilyEdit

Peete and his first wife, Christine, who divorced in 1987, are the parents of Charlotte, Calvin, Rickie, Dennise, Nicole and Kalvanetta Peete. He was married to Pepper Peete and had two daughters, Aisha and Aleya. He was a cousin of former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and NFL coach Skip Peete.[5]

Professional winsEdit

PGA Tour wins (12)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 15, 1979 Greater Milwaukee Open −19 (69-67-68-65=269) 5 strokes   Victor Regalado,   Jim Simons,
  Lee Trevino
2 Jul 11, 1982 Greater Milwaukee Open −14 (70-66-69-69=274) 2 strokes   Victor Regalado
3 Jul 25, 1982 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic −10 (66-68-69=203) 2 strokes   Bruce Lietzke
4 Sep 5, 1982 B.C. Open −19 (69-63-64-69=265) 7 strokes   Jerry Pate
5 Oct 24, 1982 Pensacola Open −16 (65-66-72-65=268) 7 strokes   Dan Halldorson,   Hal Sutton
6 May 22, 1983 Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic −10 (68-75-63=206) 2 strokes   Jim Colbert,   Don Pooley,
  Chip Beck
7 Jul 24, 1983 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic −8 (66-75-66-69=276) 1 stroke   Tim Norris
8 Oct 7, 1984 Texas Open −14 (67-67-66-66=266) 3 strokes   Bruce Lietzke
9 Jan 20, 1985 Phoenix Open −14 (65-65-72-68=270) 2 strokes   Morris Hatalsky,   Doug Tewell
10 Mar 31, 1985 Tournament Players Championship −14 (70-69-69-66=274) 3 strokes   D. A. Weibring
11 Jan 11, 1986 MONY Tournament of Champions −21 (68-67-64-68=267) 6 strokes   Mark O'Meara
12 Mar 23, 1986 USF&G Classic −19 (68-67-66-68=269) 5 strokes   Pat McGowan

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1986 Houston Open   Curtis Strange Lost to birdie on third extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (2)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
Masters Tournament T19 T21 T30 49 T15 T31 T11 T33
U.S. Open T23 T11 T28 T14 T10 T4 T24 CUT
PGA Championship T42 T43 T3 T36 4 T18 T30 WD T38

Note: Peete never played in The Open Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 8
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 2 6 8 7
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 0 0 1 2 2 3 9 8
Totals 0 0 1 3 4 13 25 23
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 22 (1976 U.S. Open – 1987 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1982 U.S. Open – 1982 PGA)

The Players ChampionshipEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1985 Tournament Players Championship Tied for lead −14 (70-69-69-66=274) 3 strokes   D. A. Weibring

Results timelineEdit

Tournament 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
The Players Championship CUT CUT CUT T70 T29 T41 T35 1 CUT CUT T16 CUT T46 76 WD CUT WD WD
  Win
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

U.S. national team appearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  2. ^ White Jr., Gordon S. (March 27, 1988). "Peete Returns to the Ranks of Leaders". The New York Times.
  3. ^ 2002 United States Inductees Archived February 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Livsey, Laury (April 29, 2015). "Players champion Peete passes away at age 71". PGA Tour.
  5. ^ "Rodney Peete Profile: Personal Life". The Wealth Record. January 23, 2019.

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