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THE GRAND SLAM GOLFER

The winner of 167 tournaments spanning seven decades, Gary Player is regarded as one of the greatest players in golf history. Click below to learn more:

PROFESSIONAL STATS

Turned Professional: 1953

Joined PGA Tour: 1957

Joined Champions Tour: 1985

Low Professional Round: 59

Tournament Victories: 167

Career Earnings:  More than $15 million

Hole-in-ones during official tournaments: 19

• Regular Tour scoring average of 70.3 (lowest – 68.9)

• Senior Tour scoring average of 70.4 (lowest – 68.3)

• Designer of nearly 400 golf courses around the world

• Victories in 27 consecutive years, 10 years more than the second best

• The World’s Most Traveled Athlete with more than 16 million air miles

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WINNING TRADITION

• Winner of golf’s Grand Slam at the age of 29, one of only five golfers (Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods)

• Winner of 9 Majors on the Regular PGA Tour, with a total of 44 top 10 finishes, including five second place and three third place finishes

• Winner of 9 Majors on the Senior Tour, with a total of 29 top ten finishes, including two second place and six third place finishes

• Only winner of the Grand Slam on both the Regular and Senior Tours

• Winner of the South African Open a record 13 times

• Winner of the Australian Open a record 7 times

• Winner of the World Match Play Championship a record 5 times

• Winner of the World Series of Golf 3 times

• Winner of the World Cup for South Africa once and of the individual title twice

• Winner of tournaments in 28 consecutive years, 11 more that the next best placed

• 1 of only 3 golfers, and the only modern day player, to win the Open Championship in three different decades

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THE PGA TOUR

Gary has played in 438 PGA Tour events. He placed in the Top 25 in 281 of those events. He was the last player to win three PGA Tour tournaments in a row, when he captured the Houston Open, The Masters and the Tournament of Champions in 1978.

• One of only five players to win golf’s career Grand Slam, joining Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan. Later Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods joined golf’s most elusive club.

• Completed career Grand Slam at age 29 in 1965.

• Major Championships span 20 years starting with the Open Championship in 1959 through his victory in the 1978 Masters at age 42.

• Won his third Masters Tournament in 1978 when he started seven strokes behind the leaders entering the final round. Player won by one shot with birdies on seven of the last 10 holes for a back nine 30 and a final round 64. One week later, he came from seven strokes back in the final round to win the Tournament of Champions.

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PGA TOUR VICTORIES

1958 Kentucky Derby Open
1959 British Open Championship
1961 Lucky International, Sunshine Open, Masters
1962 PGA Championship
1963 San Diego Open
1964 “500” Festival, Pensacola Open
1965 US Open
1968 British Open
1969 Tournament of Champions

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1970 Greater Greensboro Open
1971 Greater Jacksonville Open, National Airlines Open
1972 New Orleans Open, PGA Championship
1973 Southern Open
1974 Masters, Danny Thomas-Memphis Classic
1974 British Open
1978 Masters, Tournament of Champions, Houston Open

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THE CHAMPIONS TOUR

Gary has played in 410 Champions Tour events. He had one or more victories in each of his first seven years on the circuit, nine of twelve years overall, and Top 10 on the Champions Tour money list from 1986-1990. Some highlights include:

• Won his first Champions Tour event taking the 1985 Quadel Seniors Classic

• Earned his 18th official Champions Tour win six weeks before his 60th birthday

Largest paycheck of his career came at a Champions Tour event winning $202,500 at the 1989 RJR Championship

• Out dueled Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino for his third Senior PGA Championship title in 1990

• Defeated Bob Charles in a playoff that year at Medinah for the US Senior Open title, his second in a row.

Five-time winner in 1988 including the PGA Seniors and US Senior Open

• Won back-toback titles in 1997 at the Senior British Open and the Shell Wentworth Masters

• Became the second oldest winner on the Champions Tour by shooting three consecutive rounds of 68 to capture the 1998 Northville Long Island Classic. In January 2000, shut out through the first 18 holes, Player staged the biggest comeback in the history of the Champions Skins Game by making a birdie on the first playoff hole to win four skins and a $220, 000 jackpot to win the match

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CHAMPIONS TOUR VICTORIES

1985 Quadel Seniors Classic
1986 General Foods PGA Seniors Championship, United Hospital Classic, Denver Post Champions
1987 Mazda Senior TPC, US Senior Open, PaineWebber World Seniors Invitational
1988 General Foods PGA Seniors Championship, Aetna Challenge,

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Southwestern Bell Classic, US Senior Open, GTE North Classic
1989 GTE North Classic, RJR Championship
1990 PGA Seniors Championship
1991 Royal Caribbean Classic
1993 Bank One Senior Classic
1995 Bank One Senior Classic
1998 Northville Long Island Classic

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OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

• Oldest player to make the cut at The Masters at age 62 in 1998

• Holds the records for most consecutive cuts made at The Masters with 23

• Holder of tournament lowest round record in the PGA Championship shooting a 63 at Shoal Creek G.C. in 1984

• Shot 59, the lowest ever score at the time in professional golf, at the 1974 Brazilian Open. It remains the only sub-60 score in any national Open Championship

• Leading money winner on the PGA TOUR in 1961

• Entered his 47th consecutive British Open in 2001

• Oldest player ever to record at hole-in-one during The Masters Par 3 Contest

• Captained the South African Men’s and Women’s Olympic Golf Team during the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro

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