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Juan "Chi Chi" Rodriguez

The first Puerto Rican inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Juan "Chi Chi" Rodriguez was born in the town of Rio Piedras in 1935. Born into an impoverished family, Rodriguez soon began to work, earning money in the sugarcane fields by the time he was seven years old.

While working in the fields, Rodriguez learned he could earn more money as a caddy at a nearby golf course. During his time spent as a caddy, Rodriguez' natural gifts as a golfer started to come to light.

Despite a developing golf game, Rodriguez joined the Army in 1954, playing golf whenever he could during his time in the service.

In 1960, Rodriguez participated in his first Professional Golf Association Event. By 1963, Rodriguez won his first PGA Tour Event, the Denver Open Invitational, where his 4-round total of 276 beat out runner-up Bill Eggers by two strokes. Rodriguez would go on to win seven more PGA Tour events, including the Byron Nelson Golf Championship in 1972 and the Tallahassee Open in 1979, which would be his final win on the PGA Tour.

Despite relatively few PGA wins, Rodriguez became a fan favorite thanks to his sense of humor and showmanship on the course, which included victory dances and often humorous commentary.

Rodriguez' popularity continued on the Senior PGA Tour, where he won 22 events, including majors like the 1986 Senior Tournament Players Championship and the 1987 General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship.

In 1992, three years after receiving the United States Golf Association's Bob Jones Award, the group's highest honor given annually in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf, Rodriguez was inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

As memorable as Rodriguez' feats and theatrics on the golf course have been, many will remember him most for his extensive charity work off the course. For years, the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, formed by Rodriguez and his partners Bill Hayes and Bob James, has worked to instill self-esteem in children in young people who are victims of abuse, have troubled pasts or have suffered other hardships. The foundation helps youths in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Despite a heart attack in the 1990s, Rodriguez continues to play golf.