Not only did Player win the Championship for the second year running, but in doing so, he had to beat his great friends and rivals of the last decade, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, on successive days.  The press assume Nicklaus would beat Player in the 36 hole final. Player was extremely fit from all his rigorous exercise routines. On his scorecard he had written, “I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.” He beat Nicklaus 6 and 4 in the 36 hole final.