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GARY PLAYER: FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP & FITTNESS

Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Lee Trevino; they have all achieved greatness in the game of golf. But for me, one man stands high on a pedestal above them all. The Black Knight, Gary Player. Maybe it’s our Commonwealth connection, and maybe it’s his larger than life demeanor, maybe it’s his love of life, family and fitness or maybe, it’s because he’s given back more to the game of golf, than golf ever gave to him. Actually, it’s all of it. I was lucky enough to catch up with Gary Player while he was attending the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Leading up to our call, I felt a sense of trepidation along with excitement as Mr. Player […]
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GARY PLAYER: MENTALITY IS THE DIFFERENCE MAKER

Ian Poulter won in Houston, I was one of the first people to tweet and congratulate him. To birdie the last to force a play-off against Beau Hossler and keep his dream of making The Masters alive was testament to just how strong Ian’s mindset is. You can forget about the guys hitting the ball ridiculous distances off the tee, as I’ve always believed the power of the mind, paired with a strong short game, are the key ingredients to win tournaments. I was fortunate to have been born with that drive and focus to win. Coming from a humble background in South Africa, that fighting spirit gave me the strength of mind to win 18 Majors and 165 tournaments […]
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A Night with Ronan Keating, Gary Player raises R1 million for kids

Irish popstar, Ronan Keating, and South African golf legend, Gary Player came together at the One&Only Cape Town Friday night to host a glamourous one-night-only event, A Night with Ronan Keating presented by Citadel. The event, which fetched a total of R1 000 000 during its charity auction, was in aid of The Player Foundation as well as The Ronan Keating Foundation’s selected beneficiary – The Red Cross Children’s Hospital Oncology Unit. The foundation, inspired by the loss of Keating’s mother to cancer, was launched earlier this year and is managed through the Citadel Philanthropy Fund. Senior Oncologist at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Dr Marc Hendricks, added some wooing entertainment to the evening after Keating personally selected […]
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THE ENDURING PAIN OF LOSS: GARY PLAYER AND RONAN KEATING

At The Masters in April, Gary Player took Irish recording artist and keen golfer Ronan Keating into the hallowed Champions Locker Room at Augusta National Golf Club. It was a poignant moment, and not just because of the obvious golf link. Apart from all of their global success and celebrity status, both were once sons who lost their mothers to cancer. When they came out, both Keating and Player had tears in their eyes. You don’t know what was said or shared in a locker room bearing the names of some legendary golfers, each of whom enjoyed incredible triumphs and at some point in their lives also endured suffering. This weekend, both Keating and Player will be in Cape Town […]
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DLF GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB: INDIA’S CROWN JEWEL OF GOLF

For those of you who are not familiar with the name DLF, here’s a quick primer on what the three letters represent. It is the largest commercial and real estate developer on the sub-continent and it’s widely regarded as the multi-billion dollar conglomerate responsible for “Building India.” Asian Golf’s first introduction to this corporation on Indian soil was some years ago when it’s publisher, Mike Sebastian, visits the much acclaimed Arnold Palmer course, which was one of the very first truly international standard golf courses built in India. As we toured the facility, we enquired about what was the original vision behind the course to which then General Manager Aakash Ohri said, “When Mr. Palmer asked our chairman (Mr. KP […]
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NATIONAL GOLF FOUNDATION ISSUES 2018 GOLF INDUSTRY REPORT

The National Golf Foundation (NGF), the trade organization that works with every sector within the golf industry, today released its new Golf Industry Report, a comprehensive state-of-the-industry overview. The report compiles many of the game’s key data points in a single publication and is intended to provide the most holistic view of the business of golf and the health of the game to stakeholders and the media. The GIR includes the latest NGF data on golf participation, engagement, rounds-played, golf course supply and development, retail supply, golf equipment sales, and golf’s reach. Golf’s participation base remains stable, with an estimated 23.8 million people who played golf on a course in 2017 — the same as a year earlier. Another 8.3 […]
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