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FROM THE BLACK KNIGHT ARCHIVES: CHARLIE SIFFORD, FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRO ON PGA TOUR

Throughout Gary Player’s long career, he has had the opportunity to meet and play alongside other leading figures in the game of golf. One of those such figures was Charlie Sifford. Sifford was the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour. Sifford and Player played together in many events, including the 1962 U.S. Open. Charlie Sifford began golfing professionally in 1948, competing in golf tournaments organized by black golfers for themselves before the PGA TOUR was open to them. Sifford won the United Golf Association’s National Negro Open six times. Sifford joined the PGA TOUR in 1961. His career highlights include winning the 1967 Greater Hartford Open and the 1969 Los Angeles Open. He also won the 1963 Puerto Rico Open and the 1975 PGA Seniors’ Championship.   Charlie Sifford has been referred to as the Jackie Robinson of golf and players today, including Tiger Woods, feel he paved […]
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GOOD SIGNS FOR GARY PLAYER CLASS OF 2017

More than half of the Gary Player Class of 2017 squad members formed part of the field at last week’s Dimension Data Pro-Am tournament at Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate, and gave a good account of themselves in the process. Among the things that programme aims to achieve, apart from just development, is to ensure the previously disadvantaged players get access to more tournaments so that they can raise their profiles as players of good quality. That’s structural support. There was plenty of that quality on display last week and players like Musiwalo Nethunzwi (pictured), Makhetha Mazibuko, Omar Sandys, Keenan Davidse and Heinrich Bruiners responded with good performances over the course of the event. Highest finishers included the pair of Mazibuko and Nethunzwi who both finished tied 53rd at two-under-par 287, while Bruiners finished level-par, with Davidse and Sandys on one-over. “The Gary Player Class of 2017 is very important […]
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DOES GARY PLAYER HAVE THE SECRET TO GOLF?

Gary Player says he has the secret of golf. I know that “the secret” has been claimed many times before but never proven. But this is Gary Player. I kind of believe him. At the Olympics in Rio earlier this year, where Player was the South African team captain, he was on the range hitting balls, an 80-year-old marvel showing off. He took out his driver and changed the weight and face settings as much as possible to favor a hook, the miss that could bedevil Player in his prime. “Now watch,” he said. “Because what I’ve learned about the swing, there is still no way this ball will hook. All I’ll hit will be perfect draws.” Sure enough, with a swing still full of turn and torque, Player smashed six drives in a row. Each was a carbon copy of tightly penetrating right-to-left flight, traveling at least 250 yards. […]
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