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Elder Next Presidents Cup Captain

Lee Elder says he wants to captain the United States team at the 2002 Presidents Cup in George, South Africa.
 
'I have asked several of the top players to write a letter on my behalf,' the 66-year-old Elder said. 'So far I've gotten back about 10 letters from people who have already written the commissioner (PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem).'
 
Elder was the first African-American to play in a sporting event with white players in South Africa; doing so thanks to the help of Johannesburg native Gary Player. Player is a strong candidate to captain the International team in 2002.
 
'I think it would carry some weight that I was the first black to play multiracial sports in South Africa,' Elder said.
 
Elder is best known for becoming, in 1975, the first black golfer to play in the Masters. He was also a member of the 1979 U.S. Ryder Cup Team.