Golf: Trail-blazer Charlie Sifford dies at 92

US President Barack Obama presents a Presidential Medal of Freedom to golfer Charles Sifford (front left) as fellow recipients (front row, from right) singer Stevie Wonder, economist Robert Solow, (back row, from right) actress Marlo Thomas&nbsp
US President Barack Obama presents a Presidential Medal of Freedom to golfer Charles Sifford (front left) as fellow recipients (front row, from right) singer Stevie Wonder, economist Robert Solow, (back row, from right) actress Marlo Thomas and actress Meryl Streep applaud during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, on Nov 24, 2014. Sifford, the first African American to play on the PGA Tour, died on Feb 3, 2015, at the age of 92. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Charlie Sifford, the first African American to play on the PGA Tour, died on Tuesday night at the age of 92, the PGA of America said.

Often called the Jackie Robinson of golf, he broke golf's colour barrier when he was allowed to play on the tour in 1961.

Sifford recorded two PGA wins, in 1967 and 1969, though he enjoyed many other victories in the prime of his golfing career prior to being allowed on tour.

Tiger Woods has often credited Sifford for paving the way for his own golfing path, and affectionately called him his "grandpa".

Sifford's trail-blazing career continued after his playing days.

He became the first African American to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom last November.