Biography

ResidenceColesburg, South Africa; Jupiter Island, USA
AttachmentBlair Atholl GC
Date of Birth:01/11/1935
Place of BirthJohannesburg, South Africa
Height & Weight5ft 7in 10st 3lb (170cm 65kgs)
FamilyWife: Vivienne; Children: Jennifer, Marc, Wayne, Michele, Theresa, Amanda
InterestsBreeding racehorses, farming, fitness, youth work
Web Sitewww.garyplayer.com
Turned Pro1953
Qualifying School

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  • Arnold Palmer hits his tee shot as Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player look on at the par 3 contest
  • Honorary starters Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player
  • The winning moment: Gary Player secures the career Grand Slam with victory at The 1965 US Open Championship

Biography

One of the true legends of the game and one of the select band of golfers to have won more than 100 titles around the world, with 165 worldwide victories. He shares with Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen and Tiger Woods the distinction of being one of only five golfers to have won the career Grand Slam, made up of all four Major Championships. Turned professional in 1953 and estimates he has subsequently travelled more than 25 million kilometers while competing in tournaments all over the world. Won for the first time in 1955 and has since won almost everywhere golf is played. Turned 50 in 1985 and immediately won the first Senior Tour event he entered. Went on to win 20 times on the US Champions Tour and five times on the European Senior Tour. His haul of nine Senior Major titles equals the nine Majors he won earlier in his career. Is the figurehead for a number of global companies under the Black Knight International banner, including Gary Player Design, Player Real Estate, the Gary Player Golf Academy and Black Knight Enterprises, which handles licensing, publishing, golf equipment, apparel and memorabilia. Is an acclaimed golf course architect and has completed over 300 design projects in 35 different countries. The Gary Player Stud Farm has received worldwide acclaim for breeding top racehorses. The Gary Player Foundation, established to provide education for disadvantaged children in South Africa, has also been an outstanding success by raising over $50 million for underprivileged children around the world. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his contribution to the game of golf. In 2000 he was awarded the European Senior Tour’s Lladro Lifetime Achievement Award. Twelve months later he was named as the World Golf Hall of Fame’s Global Ambassador. Captained the Rest of the World Team at the UBS Cup matches in 2001, 2002 and 2004, and the International Team in the 2003 and 2007 Presidents Cup.

Career RecordMore

European Tour Wins4
Senior Tour Wins5
Wins this season0
Current Rankings
OWGR1401
Biggest European Tour Prize:: € 14,000 (1973)

Teams

Professional Alfred Dunhill Cup 1991 World Cup 1956, 57, 58, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 65 (individual and team winner), 66, 67, 68, 71, 72, 73, 77 (individual winner) UBS Cup 2001 (Captain), 02 (Captain), 04 (Captain) Presidents Cup 2003 (Captain), 05 (Captain)

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