Elder leaps for joy after winning the Monsanto Open in 1974. The playoff victory, his first on the PGA Tour, clinched his spot at the Masters.
Elder shares a laugh with Arnold Palmer in 1975, a week before his Masters debut.
Elder watches a chip shot at the 1975 Masters. Elder broke into the game during the 1960s and 70s, a notoriously volatile period for race relations in the United States. At one tournament, he had been forced to change in the parking lot after being refused entry to the clubhouse; during another, his ball had been hurled into a hedge by a spectator.
Elder sits in a golf cart while at the 1977 Masters. He missed the cut in his 1975 debut, but he finished tied for 19th in 1977.
Elder competes in the 1977 Tournament of Champions.
Elder and his wife, Sharon, attend a gala event together in 1979.
Elder shows off a $60,000 check after winning the Westchester Classic in 1978.
Elder was part of the US team that won the Ryder Cup in 1979. He was the first Black man to represent the United States in the Ryder Cup.
Elder won eight Senior PGA Tour events from 1984-1988.