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Mr. Peete is still listed number one in Driving Accuracy percentage having played in 56 events on the Senior PGA Tour his average of 80.9% still leads the pack. Mr. Peete led the Senior Tour in driving accuracy, a category he dominated on the PGA Tour for 10 consecutive years (1981-90), with an 81.4 percent mark in 1994. The winner of 11 tournaments in a five-year stretch on the PGA Tour he was super during that stretch and finished with 12 career victories. Mr. Peete's most prestigious victory came at the 1985 Tournament Players Championship. During 1982 Mr. Peete won four times at PGA events. Mr. Peete only the second African American to play on the United States Ryder Cup team, played in both the 1983 and '85 Ryder Cups.
Turned Pro: 1975
Birthplace: Detroit, Mich.
Residence: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Exempt Status: Top 31 on all-time money list
PGA Tour Victories
1986: MONY Tournament of Champions, USF & G Classic
1985: Phoenix Open, Tournament Players Championship
1984: Texas Open
1983: Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Classic, Anheuser-Busch Classic
1982: Greater Milwaukee Open, Anheuser-Busch Classic, B.C.
Open, Pensacola Open
1979: Greater Milwaukee Open
He was the most successful African-American on the PGA Tour, with 12 wins, before the emergence of Tiger Woods.
Peete was born in Detroit, Michigan. 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 Rankings for several weeks when they debuted in 1986.
Peete did not begin playing golf until he was in his 20's, but immediately excelled at a game most pros learn as young children. He learned the game while a migrant worker 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. Subsequently, he never was a power player but became perhaps the most accurate player in pro golf.
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, Dennis and Kalvanetta Peete. He is now married to Pepper Peete. They have two daughters, Aisha and Aleya, and reside in Jacksonville, Florida, where Pepper is the manager of First Tee of Jacksonville.
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