He won the Masters at the end of the 1979 South African season in February, but nothing more during all of this travels from then until the next home season. During the Masters he seemed to be a new Gary Player. He chatted freely and stayed around the clubhouse more than in the past. His fans streamed onto the course to follow him, and he did not disappoint them. He began the last round four strokes ahead of Hobday and Fourie and finished it four strokes ahead of Hobday and Baiocchi.