By the start of the 1988 season Gary Player had been playing on the senior circuit for two full seasons…
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1986 Senior PGA Championship
Gary Player turned 50 in November 1985, which of course gave him a whole new professional career to look forward to as the Champions Tour was well up and running. Having won his first event, the Quadel Seniors at Boca Grove, Florida, Player was looking forward to 1986, his first full year on the Champions Tour (or Senior Tour as it was known as then).
The PGA Seniors Championship was the second event of the year and Player was feeling very good about his game.
An opening 68 on a brisk Thursday morning at Champions course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens got him an early lead in the tournament – a lead that he was able to hold onto throughout the event. He managed another 68, then a 77 and ended with a seven-shot lead over Lee Elder. Though Elder managed to pull within two shots, a 72 to his 71 in the final round was enough for Gary Player to clinch his first senior Major Championship!