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Sifford Exemption 'out of this world'

Updated: February 2, 2009, 12:41 PM ET
Associated Press

Vincent Johnson began what figures to be a long, hard road to the PGA Tour with a pep talk from Charlie Sifford, the first black member of the PGA Tour who knows a thing or two about overcoming long odds.

"He just told me that it's a grind, but that anything worth doing is never easy," Johnson said.

The coincidence of the conversation was not lost on Johnson, an Oregon State graduate who will get his first start on the PGA Tour at the Northern Trust Open later this month as the first ...

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