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Gary Player

South African golfer
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Net worth 2018: $200 Million
Industry: Sportspersons
Residence: Johannesburg, South Africa
Country: South African
BirthDay: 1 November 1935
Height: 1.68 m

Gary Player was bornon 1 November 1935 in Johannesburg, South Africa, South African, is South African golfer. Gary Player is a South African golfer considered to be one of the greatest players of the game. He is most famous for becoming the only non-American to win the “Grand Slam of Golf” consisting of the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA championship. Among the most successful players of the game, his career spans across almost six decades and he has won more than 160 tournaments across six continents. He started playing golf as a teenager - every success made him more determined to become one of the greatest players of the game. He turned professional at the age of 17 and joined the PGA tour four years later. He is often referred to as Mr. Fitness and is known for the strict health regime and exercise routine that he follows. He is well-known not just for his accomplishments on the golf course, but also for being a man of principles and values - he is someone who is respected not only for being a great player, but also for being an awesome human being. His ‘The Player Foundation’ works to provide education, nutrition and medical care to underprivileged children. The foundation has till date contributed more than $50 million to various children’s charities. He is also a world famous golf course architect who has designed more than 320 golf courses all over the world. In addition, he has written, or co-written 36 books on golf.


$200 Million


He was voted “Sportsman of the Century” in South Africa in 2000


He also won the Bank One Senior Classic twice—in 1993 and 1995


He started the 1990s with a winning performance in the British Senior Open in 1990 which he repeated in 1997


Senior Open (1987 and 1988), and British Senior Open (1988)


The major victories during this period were PGA Senior Championship (1986 and 1988), U


Gary Player feels very strongly about giving back to the society and the Player family established the Player Foundation in 1983 to provide education, nutrition and medical care to impoverished children in South Africa


The decade of 1980 was the best time for the golfer as he remained in top form throughout, winning more than 20 titles


He won the Open Championship in 1974 and the Masters Tournament twice (1974 and 1978)


This prolific player had a wonderful time in the 1970s as well


He beat Bob Goalby in the 1962 PGA Championship to win the match by a margin of one stroke


He played in the Masters Tournament, one of the biggest golfing tournaments in April 1961 and won the match by a margin of one stroke


He won many other matches during the 1960s, the most notable of them being the U


His first victory at a major tournament came in 1959 when he won the British Open Championship, the oldest of the four major professional golf championships


He played in the Kentucky Derby Open in 1958 and registered his first PGA tour event win


He married his friend’s sister, Vivienne Verwey in 1957


He turned professional in 1953 and joined the PGA tour in 1957


Gary Player was born to Muriel and Harry Player in 1935 in South Africa


He is the only 20th century golfer to win The British Open in three different decades

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