Lee Elder Net worth and Biography

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Lee Elder net worth: Robert Lee Elder popularly known as Lee Elder is a former American professional golfer of African descent who was outstanding during his playing days, with 16 professional wins to his name. He is one of the most decorated and first African-American golfer to feature in the Masters Tournament. Keep reading to find more information about Lee Elder net worth and biography here

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Lee Elder net worth Profile

Net worth: $20 million 

Full Name: Robert Elder Lee

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Date of Birth: July 14,1934

Nationality: American 

Occupation:  Professional Golfer (retired) 

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Marital Status: Divorced

Years Active: 1959-2005

Early Life

Elder Lee was born into the family of 12, on  July 14, 1934 in Dallas, Texas. His parents were Charles and Almeta Elder. He lost his father during the world II as he was killed at gun point while his mother passed away three months later. Things became very tough for Elder as he adopted the ghetto life but as it was not beneficial to him, he was sent to Los Angeles to live with his aunt.

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Elder got married to his wife Rose Harper who was a fellow golfer in 1966. She gave up her golf career and became his manager before they later went their separate ways.

Career

Prior to turning pro in 1959, Elder initially served in the army and was deployed to Fort Lewis in Washington where he was fortunate to serve under the watch of Colonel JOHN Gleaster who was a die hard fan of golf. Gleaster thereafter put Elder in a special services unit that allow him to play golf on regular basis. 

Elder Lee’s professional career began in 1959. During his professional days, he played on the PGA Tour which he recorded 8 wins. He also played on the Championship Tour and won 4 times. He also raised funds which he used to get enrolled in a qualifying school for the PGA Tour in 1967. Elder was later invited by Gary Player to SOUTH African PGA Championship which was the first integrated tour in South African history. 

Subsequently, Elder Lee qualified for the Masters Tournament, thereby becoming the first African-American to do so. He also played on the PGA Tour for the Monsanto Open and further qualified for Ryder Cup in 1979. At 50 years of age, Elder Lee became a member of the Senior  PGA Tour. In 2020,Elder Lee was named the Honorary Starter for Masters 2021.

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Elder Lee later retired in 2005 after recording 16 successful career wins.

Lee Elder Net worth

Elder Lee’s net worth, is estimated to be around $20 million. 

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