Sifford sets precedent for African-Americans

Updated: October 14, 2005, 5:21 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Nov. 10, 1957

By sinking a 10-foot putt for a birdie on the 72nd hole, Charley Sifford gets into a playoff at the $11,500, 54-hole Long Beach Open. When he birdies the third extra hole, Sifford becomes the first African-American to win a "big time" golf tournament. On a material level, the victory is worth $1,700 to the four-time National Negro Open champ - $1,200 for the victory and $500 for shooting the low round of the day, a 64.

Sifford shoots a 203 for the three rounds. On the first playoff hole, Sifford and his opponent, Eric Monti, miss birdie putts - Sifford from 12 feet, Monti from 10. On the second hole, Monti misses a two-foot putt that would have ended the match.

Sifford takes advantage on the next hole, a par-five, when he drains a birdie putt from six feet.