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Encyclopedia > Gary Player
Gary Player
Gary Player on the cover of a 1999 golf instruction video.
Personal Information
Birth November 1, 1935
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Nationality Flag of South Africa South Africa
Residence Palm Beach, Florida and
Johannesburg, South Africa
College None
Career
Turned Pro 1953
Tours PGA Tour (joined 1957)
Champions Tour (joined 1985)
Professional wins 163, PGA Tour: 24
Champions Tour: 19
Other: 120
Major Championship Wins (9)
Masters (3) 1961, 1974, 1978
U.S. Open (1) 1965
British Open (3) 1959, 1968, 1974
PGA Championship (2) 1962, 1972
Awards
PGA Tour Money Winner 1961

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He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has logged more than 14 million miles in travel, more than any other athlete [1]. Dubbed the Black Knight, Mr. Fitness and the International Ambassador of Golf, Player is a renowned golf course architect with over 250 design projects throughout the world. He operates Black Knight International, which includes Gary Player Design, Gary Player Real Estate, and Gary Player Enterprises, and aspects of which include licensing, publishing, videos, apparel and memorabilia. The Gary Player Stud Farm has received worldwide acclaim for breeding top thoroughbred race horses including 1994 English Derby entry Broadway Flyer. He operates The Player Foundation with its primary objective to promote education around the world. The Foundation built the Blair Atholl Schools in Johannesburg, South Africa, which has educational facilities for over 500 students from kindergarten through grade eight. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Background and family

Gary Player was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, the youngest of Harry and Muriel Player's three children. At the age of eight his mother died from cancer. Although his father was often away from home working in the gold mines, he did manage to take a loan in order to buy a set of clubs for his son Gary to begin playing golf. The Virginia Park golf course in Johannesburg is where Player first began his love affair with golf. At the age of 14 Player played his first round of golf and parred the first three holes. At age 16 he announced that he would be come number one in the world. At age 17 he became a professional golfer. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Player married wife Vivienne on January 19, 1957, four years after turning professional. Together they have six children: Jennifer, Marc, Wayne, Michele, Theresa and Amanda. He is also a grandfather to 18 grandchildren. During the early days of his career Player would travel from tournament to tournament with wife and children in tow.


He is also the brother of conservationist Ian Player. Dr. Ian Player DMS (born 1927, Johannesburg) is an international conservationist and the founder of the WILD Foundation and also the Wilderness Foundations in South Africa and the UK. He established the World Wilderness Congress, which first convened in Johannesburg in 1977. ...


Regular tour career

Player is one of the most successful golfers in the history of the sport, ranking first in total professional wins, with at least a hundred and sixty-six, and tied fourth in major championship victories with nine. Along with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus he is sometimes referred to as one of "The Big Three" golfers of his era — from the late 1950s through the early 1970s — when golf boomed in the United States and around the world, greatly encouraged by expanded television coverage. Along with Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, he is one of only five players to win golf’s "career Grand Slam". He completed the Grand Slam in 1965 at the age of twenty-nine. Player was the second multi-time majors winner from South Africa, following from Bobby Locke, and succeeded by Ernie Els and Retief Goosen. The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ... The table below lists all the players who have won three or more of golfs major championships for men, and is complete through the 2005 Masters. ... Nationality  United States Birth September 10, 1929 (age 77) Latrobe, Pennsylvania Height 5 ft 10 in (1. ... This article refers to the golfer. ... Gene Sarazen (born Eugenio Saraceni) (February 27, 1902 – May 13, 1999) is one of the few golfers to win all the Major Championships in his career, including 1922 US Open 1922 PGA Championship 1923 PGA Championship 1932 US Open 1932 British Open 1933 PGA Championship 1935 The Masters Winner of... Personal Information Birth August 13, 1912 Stephenville, Texas Death July 25, 1997 Fort Worth, Texas Height 5 ft 7 in (1. ... This article refers to the golfer. ... Personal Information Birth December 30, 1975 ) (age 31) Cypress, California Height 6 ft 1 in (1. ... The Grand Slam of golf consists of four major golfing events held each year; the events are often referred to as the major tournaments and are all recognized as a part of the worlds two most prestigious tours, the PGA TOUR in the United States and the PGA European... Bobby Locke (b 20 November 1917 Germiston, South Africa, d March 9, 1987) was one of the first internationally successful South African golfers. ... Theodore Ernest Ernie Els (born October 17, 1969) is a South African golfer who has been one of the top professional players in the world since the mid-1990s. ... Retief Goosen (born February 3, 1969) is a South African professional golfer who has been in the top ten in the Official World Golf Rankings for several years. ...


Player played regularly on the U.S. based PGA Tour from the late 1950s. He led the money list in 1961, and went on to accumulate twenty four career titles. He also played an exceptionally busy schedule all over the world, and he has been called the world's most travelled athlete, clocking up more than 14 million miles. He has more victories than anyone else in the South African Open (thirteen) and the Australian Open (seven). He held the record for most victories in the World Match Play Championship, with five wins, from 1973 until 1991 when this feat was equalled by Seve Ballesteros, finally losing his share of the record in 2004, when Ernie Els won the event for a sixth time. The PGA Tour is an organization that operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... The South African Open is one of the principal golf tournaments on the Sunshine Tour and since 1997 it has been co-sanctioned by the PGA European Tour. ... The Australian Open is one of the principal annual golf tournaments on the PGA Tour of Australasia. ... The HSBC World Match Play Championship is the current sponsored name of a matchplay golf tournament played each September at Wentworth Club near London. ... Severiano Seve Ballesteros (born 9 April 1957 in Pedreña, Spain) is a Spanish golfer who was one of the sports leading figures in the 1980s and 1990s. ...


He was the only player in the 20th century to win the (British) Open in three different decades[2]. Player last won the U.S. Masters in 1978, when he started seven strokes behind the leaders entering the final round and won by one shot with birdies at seven of the last 10 holes for a back nine 30 and a final round 64. One week later, Player came from seven strokes back in the final round to win the Tournament of Champions. In gusty winds at the 1998 Masters, he became the oldest golfer ever to make to the cut, breaking the 25-year-old record set by Sam Snead. The Masters is one of four major championships in mens golf. ... Samuel Jackson Sam Snead (May 27, 1912 – May 23, 2002) was an American golfer who was one of the top players in the world for most of 4 decades. ...


Being South African, Player never played in the Ryder Cup in which American and European golfers compete against each other, and he was no longer an eligible player when the Presidents Cup was established to give international players the opportunity to compete in a similar event. However, he was non-playing captain of the International Team for the Presidents Cup in 2003, which was held on a course he designed, The Links at Fancourt in George, South Africa. After 2003 ended in a tie, he was reappointed as captain for the 2005 Presidents Cup, and his team lost to the Americans 15.5 to 18.5. Both Player and Jack Nicklaus have been appointed to captain their respective teams again in 2007 in Canada. The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event officially called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. ... Presidents Cup official logo Presidents Cup redirects here. ... Presidents Cup official logo Presidents Cup redirects here. ...


In 1966, Gary Player was awarded the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974 and "Gary Player — A Global Journey" exhibition launched by the Hall of Fame as of March, 2006. The Bob Jones Award is the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. ... The logo of the USGA The United States Golf Association (USGA) is the United States national association of golf courses, clubs and facilities and the governing body of golf for the U.S. and Mexico. ... // The World Golf Hall of Fame is located in St. ...


Legend of the Black Knight

A courageous style of play fired by a fiercely competitive nature, an always courteous demeanour and a penchant for black attire on the golf course have given rise to the name by which Gary Player is known throughout the world - The Black Knight. The Black Knight logo identifies all the companies of the Gary Player Group and symbolises the strength of character and fighting spirit that imbues both the man and the Group.


The Ten Commandments of Life

  1. Change is the price of survival
  2. Everything in business is negotiable except quality
  3. A promise made is a debt incurred
  4. For all we take in life we must pay
  5. Persistence and common sense are more important than intelligence
  6. The fox fears not the man who boasts by night, but the man who rises early in the morning
  7. Accept the advice of the man who loves you, though you like it not at present
  8. Trust instinct to the end, though you cannot render any reason
  9. The heights of great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but that while their companions slept were toiling upward in the night
  10. There is no substitute for personal contact

Source: List on Official website


Major Championships

Wins (9)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner(s) Up
1959 The Open Championship 4 shot deficit E (75-71-70-68=284) 2 strokes Flag of Scotland Fred Bullock, Flag of Belgium Flory Van Donck
1961 The Masters 3 shot lead -8 (69-68-69-74=280) 1 stroke Flag of United States Charles Coe, Flag of United States Arnold Palmer
1962 PGA Championship 2 shot lead -2 (72-67-69-70=278) 1 stroke Flag of United States Bob Goalby
1965 U.S. Open 2 shot lead +2 (70-70-71-71=282) Playoff 1 Flag of Australia Kel Nagle
1968 The Open Championship (2) 2 shot deficit +1 (74-71-71-73=289) 2 strokes Flag of New Zealand Bob Charles, Flag of United States Jack Nicklaus
1972 PGA Championship (2) 1 shot lead +1 (71-71-67-72=281) 2 strokes Flag of United States Tommy Aaron, Flag of United States Jim Jamieson
1974 The Masters (2) 1 shot deficit -10 (71-71-66-70=278) 2 strokes Flag of United States Dave Stockton, Flag of United States Tom Weiskopf
1974 The Open Championship (3) 3 shot lead -2 (69-68-75-70=282) 4 strokes Flag of England Peter Oosterhuis
1978 The Masters (3) 7 shot deficit -11 (72-72-69-64=277) 1 stroke Flag of United States Rod Funseth, Flag of United States Hubert Green, Flag of United States Tom Watson

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Results timeline

Tournament 1956 1957 1958 1959
The Masters DNP T24 CUT T8
U.S. Open DNP DNP 2 T15
The Open Championship 4 T24 7 1
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Masters T6 1 2 T5 T5 T2 T28 T6 T7 T33
U.S. Open T19 T9 T6 T8 T23 1 T15 T12 T16 T48
The Open Championship 7 WD CUT T7 T8 WD T4 T3 1 T23
PGA Championship DNP T29 1 T8 T13 T33 T3 DNP DNP 2
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Masters 3 T6 T10 DNP 1 T30 T28 T19 1 T17
U.S. Open T44 T27 T15 12 T8 T43 T23 T10 T6 T2
The Open Championship CUT 7 6 T14 1 T32 T28 T22 T34 T19
PGA Championship T12 T4 1 T51 7 T33 T13 T31 T26 T23
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Masters T6 T15 T15 CUT T21 T36 CUT T35 CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT T26 CUT T20 T43 DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT T42 CUT CUT CUT T35 T66 T60 CUT
PGA Championship T26 T49 CUT T42 T2 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Masters T24 CUT CUT 60 CUT CUT CUT CUT 46 CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT T57 CUT CUT CUT T68 CUT CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
The Masters CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
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Player has won over 160 professional events worldwide, including:


PGA Tour wins (24)

Major championships are shown in bold. “British Open” redirects here. ... This article is about the golf tournament. ... 2007 PGA tournament logo The PGA Championship (referred to as the US PGA Championship outside of North America) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA Tour. ... The Buick Invitational is a PGA TOUR golf tournament played in the San Diego, California area each February. ... The United States Open Championship is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. ... “British Open” redirects here. ... The Mercedes Championships (the pluralisation is official) is the opening event of golfs PGA Tour season. ... The Chrysler Classic of Greensboro is a regular golf tournament on the Fall Finish of the PGA Tour. ... The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is a regular golf tournament on the PGA Tour. ... 2007 PGA tournament logo The PGA Championship (referred to as the US PGA Championship outside of North America) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA Tour. ... The Buick Challenge was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour from 1970 to 2002. ... This article is about the golf tournament. ... The FedEx St. ... “British Open” redirects here. ... This article is about the golf tournament. ... The Mercedes Championships (the pluralisation is official) is the opening event of golfs PGA Tour season. ... The Shell Houston Open is a regular golf tournament on the PGA Tour. ... // The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the majors, are the four most prestigious annual tournaments in professional golf. ...


Other regular wins

In addition to his wins on the PGA Tour, Player won more than 100 other tournaments in "regular", that is non-senior golf.


South Africa Tour (now the Sunshine Tour)
73 wins between 1955 and 1981 including: The Sunshine Tour is a mens professional golf tour based in Southern Africa. ...

PGA Tour of Australasia
18 wins between 1956 and 1981 including: The South African Open is one of the principal golf tournaments on the Sunshine Tour and since 1997 it has been co-sanctioned by the PGA European Tour. ... The South African PGA Championship is the season ending championship of the South African PGA golf tour. ... The PGA Tour of Australasia is a prominent golf tour for men. ...

Other
At least 20 other wins between 1955 and 1984, including: The Australian Open is one of the principal annual golf tournaments on the PGA Tour of Australasia. ...

  • World Cup: individual title in 1965 and 1977
  • World Match Play Championship: 5 times between 1965 and 1974 (played in England, but not an official European Tour event at that time)
  • World Series of Golf:1965, 1968 and 1972 (U.S. - not a PGA Tour event at that time)
  • Lancome Trophy: 1975

Player also collected wins in North and West Africa, Canada, Japan and Latin America. The WGC-World Cup is an annual mens golf tournament. ... The HSBC World Match Play Championship is the current sponsored name of a matchplay golf tournament played each September at Wentworth Club near London. ... The WGC-NEC Invitational is one of the annual World Golf Championships for male professional golfers. ... The Trophée Lancôme was a professional golf tournament which was staged in France from 1970 to 2003. ...


Champions Tour wins (19)

Senior majors are shown in bold. See "Other senior wins" below for Player's wins in the Senior British Open. // The 1985 Senior PGA Tour was the sixth season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Quadel Seniors Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1983 to 1985. ... // The 1986 Senior PGA Tour was the seventh season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Senior PGA Championship is one of the major championships in mens senior golf. ... The Instinet Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1985 to 2002. ... The Denver Champions of Golf was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1982 to 1987. ... // The 1987 Senior PGA Tour was the eighth season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Senior Players Championship is one of the major championships in mens senior golf. ... The U.S. Senior Open is one of the major championships in mens senior golf. ... The Home Depot Invitational was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1983 to 2001. ... // The 1988 Senior PGA Tour was the ninth season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Senior PGA Championship is one of the major championships in mens senior golf. ... The ACE Group Classic is a golf tournament on the Champions Tour. ... The Greater Kansas City Golf Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1988 to 2006. ... The U.S. Senior Open is one of the major championships in mens senior golf. ... The Comfort Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1988 to 2000. ... // The 1989 Senior PGA Tour was the 10th season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Comfort Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1988 to 2000. ... The RJR Championship was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1987 to 2002. ... // The 1990 Senior PGA Tour was the 11th season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Senior PGA Championship is one of the major championships in mens senior golf. ... // The 1991 Senior PGA Tour was the 12th season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Royal Caribbean Golf Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1988 to 2004. ... // The 1993 Senior PGA Tour was the 14th season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Bank One Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1983 to 1997. ... // The 1995 Senior PGA Tour was the 16th season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Bank One Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1983 to 1997. ... // The 1998 Senior PGA Tour was the 19th season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Commerce Bank Championship is a golf tournament on the Champions Tour. ... Mens professional senior golf is for players aged fifty and above. ...


Other senior wins (13)

The Senior British Open is shown in bold as it is generally recognised as a major and it is now an official Champions Tour event and major. However, it was not an official Champions Tour event when Player achieved his wins, and in contrast to early wins in regular British Opens by PGA Tour members, which are now included in their official PGA Tour win tallies, wins in early Senior British Opens by Champions Tour members have not been restrospectively designated as Champions Tour wins by the PGA Tour at this time. The Senior British Open Championship is a professional golf tournament for men aged fifty and over. ... The European Seniors Tour is a professional tour for male golfers aged 50 and over. ... The Senior British Open Championship is a professional golf tournament for men aged fifty and over. ... The Senior British Open Championship is a professional golf tournament for men aged fifty and over. ... The European Seniors Tour is a professional tour for male golfers aged 50 and over. ... Wentworth Senior Masters is a mens professional golf tournament on the European Seniors Tour. ... The Wendys Champions Skins Game is an unofficial golf tournament on the Champions Tour. ...


The Gary Player Group

Owned and operated under the global umbrella of Black Knight International (BKI)has six divisions:

  • Golf Course Design: Since the 1980s the quality designs of Gary Player have been established. There are over 40 courses in the US and over 250 worldwide.
  • Real Estate Services: Established in March of 2006,the Gary Player Group focuses on high end golf resorts and residential properties.
  • Foundation: Remembering the challenges of his youth, Gary Player established his eponymous namesake foundation in 1983 with a mission to provide quality education and a future to underprivileged children globally.
  • Enterprises: Gary Player is synonymous with quality. His service portfolio includes brand endorsement, licensing, corporate functions and motivational talks.
  • Golf Academy: From individual to corporate gathering, any level of play from age six on up may attend one of the golf academies located around the world.
  • Golf Equipment: The Gary Player brand hosts an exclusive selection of golf shoes,putters, wedges, hats, shirts, balls and other golf accessories for the course.

Gary Player Foundation

Founded in 1983 to meet the growing educational crisis in rural schools. Player wanted to promote dynamic teaching and effective learning. The first project undertaken was at Blair Atholl Farm outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. A primary school, community resource/media centre and upgraded nursury school were built. Having to walk three hours roundtrip to the nearest school as a boy, The Blair Atholl School is a dream come true for Player. In addition to the Blair Atholl Schools, the foundation supports various causes around the world that work to better the lives of underprivileged children. The Foundation has raised over SAR 100 Million and donated monetary sums to organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, Museum of the Treasure Coast, Pleasant City Elementary of Palm Beach and other similarly aligned charities.


In order to support such endeavors as Blair Atholl and underprivileged children's education around the world, the Gary Player Foundation conducts golf tournaments, dinners, auctions and other activities to benefit Foundation projects. The most celebrated of these are the following:

  • Gary Player Invitational, Palm Beach, Florida
  • Monte Carlo Invitational, Monaco
  • Nelson Mandela Invitational, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Gary Player Classic, Shanghai, China

Miscellaneous

  • Dubbed the Black Knight (for his preference for black apparel), Mr. Fitness and the International Ambassador of Golf[3]
  • Player bred the racehorse Broadway Flyer which competed in the 1994 Epsom Derby.
  • Named Honorary Member of the R&A in 1994.
  • Received Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from St. Andrews in 1995.
  • Received Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland in 1997
  • The WGC-NEC Invitational trophy is named the Gary Player Cup.
  • Named Honorary Member of Carnoustie in 1999
  • Received Honorary Doctorate in Law, University of Dundee, Scotland in 1999
  • South African Sportsman of the Century award in 2000
  • Received the 2003 Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monte Carlo.
  • Awarded the Order of Ikhamanga (in gold) by President Mbeki of South Africa for excellence in golf and contribution to non-racial sport in South Africa.
  • He was featured on a South African stamp.
  • Has designed over 250 golf courses around the world.
  • Coined one of the most quoted aphorisms of post-War sport: "The harder you practice, the luckier you get."
  • He currently plays on the U.S. Champions Tour.
  • He made a cameo appearance in the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode, "The Smoking Jacket."
  • Supports Scottish football team Rangers
  • Has travelled over 14 million miles by air and is "the world's most travelled athlete".
  • In 2006 received the Payne Stewart Award
  • Played in his 50th Masters Tournament at Augusta National in April 2007, tying Arnold Palmer for most Masters appearances
  • Inducted into the African American Sports Hall of Fame in May 2007, with Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Has played in a record 46 consecutive British Open Championships, winning 3 times over 3 decades.

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In the bag

Callaway seems to be Gary Player's preference, as it is all that is in his bag.

  • Driver: FT-3 Callaway
  • Fairway Woods: Strong 4, 5 and 9 Callaway Steelhead Woods
  • Hybrid: Callaway Heavenwood 4H
  • Irons: 5-PW X-Tour Callaway
  • Sand wedges: 56 Degree and 64 Degree X-Tour Callaway
  • Putter: Odyssey Whitehot #1
  • Ball: Callaway HX Tour
  • Glove: Callaway
  • Shoes: Gary Player Collection
  • Putter Grip: Odyssey

See also

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References

  1. ^ -Gary Player the most travelled athlete on the planet
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ black knight

External links

  • Gary Player's official site
  • Profile on PGA Tour's official site
  • Gary Player Profile at Golf Legends
  • Gary Player Golf Course Design
  • Gary Player Foundation

  Results from FactBites:
 
Travel Golf: Gary Player is so much more than golf (1491 words)
Fortunately, when Player recently stopped in Austin to check on the progress of his signature and future home course, Marshall Ranch, and visit with the local media, I had the opportunity to spend a day with the "Black Knight," so named for his penchant to wear fl attire on the course.
He spoke of the Gary Player Foundation, which he created in 1983 to provide education for underprivileged children in poor rural communities in South Africa.
Player said at the Blair Atholl Farm, just north of Johannesburg, the Foundation has undertaken three projects including the building of a primary school for 400 children, upgrading a pre-school for 75 toddlers, and the creation of a new community resource center.
Gary Player - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1239 words)
Gary Player (born November 1, 1935 in Johannesburg) is a South African professional golfer generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the game's history.
Player is one of the most successful golfers in the history of the sport, ranking first in total professional wins, with at least a hundred and sixty-six, and tied fourth in major championship victories with nine.
Being South African, Player never played in the Ryder Cup in which American and European golfers compete against each other, and he was no longer an eligible player when the Presidents Cup was established to give international players the opportunity to compete in a similar event.
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