Gary Player

A true legend of golf, Gary Player has won over 160 titles worldwide and is only one of five golfers to have triumphed in the career Grand Slam (all four Major championships). Commonly regarded as the best bunker player of all time, he is famed for his extraordinary work ethic and his emphasis on fitness.

Gary Player is also the most successful global golfer ever to play the game. He has collected 42 senior and regular tour wins in the United States, 73 on the European Tour and 34 on the Australasian Tour. In addition, he has won in Japan, Canada and South America. Gary Player has traveled more miles than any other sportsman in history and is recognized as the “International Ambassador of Golf.”

Gary Player won his first tournament in Britain in 1956 and was playing on the US Tour by the following year. He won his first Major title in the Open championship at Muirfield in 1959 when he came back from eight shots off the lead at the halfway stage.

Gary Player then made golfing history in 1965 when his US Open victory enabled him to complete the coveted career Grand Slam of all four Majors (following in the footsteps of Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen and joined later by Jack Nicklaus and now Tiger Woods).

In all, Gary Player has won nine Major titles: three US Masters, three British Opens, two US PGA championships and the US Open Crown. In fact, he is the only modern player to win the British Open Championship in three different decades. He joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1985 and has since won 23 times worldwide, including nine Senior Majors: three PGA Seniors Championships, two US Senior Opens, three Senior British Opens and the Senior Players Championship title. He has also won numerous South African, Brazilian, and Australian Opens.

Dubbed the Black Knight, Mr. Fitness and the International Ambassador of Golf, Gary Player is a renowned golf course architect with over 200 design projects located throughout the world. He designed the course at the Tournament Players Club at Jasna Polana near Princeton, NJ and The Links at Fancourt in South Africa, the site of the 2003 Presidents Cup. He operates Black Knight International, which includes Gary Player Golf Equipment, Gary Player Golf Academy and Gary Player Enterprises. The Gary Player Stud Farm has received worldwide acclaim for breeding top horses. Additionally, Player operates The Player Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting education. The Foundation built the Blair Atholl Schools in Johannesburg, South Africa, which has educational facilities for over 500 students from K-7.

Gary Player is now in his 6th decade as a professional golfer. Honors bestowed upon him include: the mantle of South Africa’s Sportsman of the Century in 2000, induction into the PGA Hall of Fame in 1974, and being named the World Federation of PGA Tour’s International Ambassador of Golf Award in 1999.