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.
|Full name||Calvin Peete|
|Born||July 18, 1943|
|Died||April 29, 2015 (aged 71)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||2|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T11: 1986|
|PGA Championship||T3: 1982|
|U.S. Open||T4: 1983|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|Achievements and awards|
|Byron Nelson Award||1984|
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.
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. 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.
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.
PGA Tour wins (12)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Jul 15, 1979||Greater Milwaukee Open||−19 (69-67-68-65=269)||5 strokes|| Victor Regalado, Jim Simons,|
|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,|
|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)
|1||1986||Houston Open||Curtis Strange||Lost to birdie on third extra hole|
Japan Golf Tour wins (2)Edit
Results in major championshipsEdit
Note: Peete never played in The Open Championship.
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- 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
|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|
|The Players Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT||T70||T29||T41||T35||1||CUT||CUT||T16||CUT||T46||76||WD||CUT||WD||WD|
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
U.S. national team appearancesEdit
- "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
- White Jr., Gordon S. (March 27, 1988). "Peete Returns to the Ranks of Leaders". The New York Times.
- 2002 United States Inductees Archived February 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- Livsey, Laury (April 29, 2015). "Players champion Peete passes away at age 71". PGA Tour.
- "Rodney Peete Profile: Personal Life". The Wealth Record. January 23, 2019.