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Chi Chi Rodriguez

Juan Antonio "Chi-Chi" Rodríguez (born October 23, 1935) is a Puerto Rican professional golfer. He was the first Puerto Rican to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Rodríguez was born into a poor family in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. He was one of six siblings. His father used to earn only $18 a week as a laborer and cattle handler. When Rodríguez was only seven years old, he helped the family by earning money as a water carrier on a sugar plantation. One day Juan wandered off into a golf course. When he saw that the caddies were earning more money than he was he decided to become a caddy himself. Rodríguez would take a branch from a guava tree and turn it into a golf club. Using a metal can as a "golf ball", he would practice what he had seen the "real" golfers do, teaching himself how to play golf. By the time he was nine years old, he was proficient at golf and in 1947 at the age of 12, he scored a 67. In 1954 when Rodríguez was 19, he joined the Army. During his breaks, he would visit whichever golf course was nearby, where he continued to perfect his game. Rodríguez, with characteristic charisma, would often make jokes about his past hardships on the golf course, such

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Officials: Chi Chi Robbery Was An Inside Job

Officials: Chi Chi Robbery Was An Inside Job

The brazen gun-slinging robbery at golf legend Chi Chi Rodriguez's house wasn't just extremely premeditated, it was an inside job -- this according to investigators. Authorities… READ MORE >

Arrests in Chi Chi Rodriguez Robbery Case

Arrests in Chi Chi Rodriguez Robbery Case

TMZ has learned multiple suspects have been arrested in the bold robbery of golfing legend Chi Chi Rodriguez. Authorities in Guayama, Puerto Rico tell TMZ they expect to file… READ MORE >

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Chi Chi Rodriguez -- The Robbers Were 'Gentle'

Chi Chi Rodriguez -- The Robbers Were 'Gentle'

Chi Chi Rodriguez says he's doing just fine after he was robbed at gunpoint in his home in Puerto Rico this morning -- noting that the bad guys were surprisingly "gentle." TMZ just spoke with the… READ MORE >

- 1676 days ago

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