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Doug Sanders, ‘Peacock of the Fairways,’ Dies at 86

Associated Press

Doug Sanders, who lit up the otherwise staid golf circuit of his time with his colorful attire and became a fan favorite while winning 20 PGA Tour events, only to fall just short of capturing a major tournament, died on Sunday in Houston. He was 86.

The PGA Tour confirmed his death.

Sanders was trim and handsome, he loved to chat with the galleries and he delighted fans with trick shots during warm-ups. He grew up in rural Georgia during the Depression, clad in ragged garments, but became known as the “peacock of the fairways” for his stylish and bright-hued clothing.