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Personal Achievements


  • South African Sportsman of the Century Award
  • Was presented the Hilton Hotel Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995
  • Awarded the Order of Ikhamanga (in gold for exceptional achievement) in 2003 by President Mbeki of South Africa for excellence in golf and contribution to non-racial sport in South Africa
  • Received the 2003 Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monte Carlo
  • Received the 2006 Payne Stewart Award in recognition of philanthropic achievements and the exemplary manner in which he has conducted himself on and off the course
  • Received the PGA Tour’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012
  • 2000 PGA Tour Ambassador of Golf Award


  • One of original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974
  • One of only 10 golfers to be named Honorary Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, one of the oldest golf clubs in the world
  • NEC World Championship of Golf Trophy named the Gary Player Cup


  • Received Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from St. Andrews in 1995
  • Received Honorary Doctor of Science from University of Ulster, Ireland in 1997
  • Received Honorary Doctorate in Law, University of Dundee, Scotland in 1999
  • Named Honorary Member of Carnoustie Golf Course in 1999

Other Personal Achievements

  • Player-bred racehorse Broadway Flyer competed in the 1994 English Derby
  • Celebrated his 50th anniversary as a professional in 2003
  • Appointed Global Ambassador to Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf Series