Robert Lee Elder (born July 14, 1934) is an American golfer. He is best remembered for becoming the first African-American to play in the Masters Tournament in 1975.
One of ten children, Elder was born in Dallas, Texas, to Charles and Almeta Elder. He was nine years old when his father was killed in Germany during World War II, and his mother died three months later. At the age of 12, Elder found himself moving from one ghetto to another before being sent to Los Angeles, California to live with his aunt. Elder frequently cut classes to work as a caddy, and after two years at Manual Arts High School he dropped out.
Elder met his future wife, Rose Harper, at a golf tournament in Washington, D.C. The two proceeded to get married in 1966. After getting married, Rose gave up her golfing career to become his manager.