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Charlie Sifford Exemption announced

Updated: January 19, 2009, 4:13 PM ET
Associated Press

Nearly 50 years after Charlie Sifford became the first black to join the PGA Tour, the Northern Trust Open announced Monday an exemption in his name for a player who represents the advancement of diversity in golf.

The annual "Charlie Sifford Exemption" will be recognized Feb. 18, the day before the tournament begins at Riviera.

"It's something that should have been done a long time ago," Sifford said in a telephone interview. "This is a wonderful thing. It will give someone a chance."

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