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LOMBARD GETS HIS SUN CITY TRIUMPH IN A CELEBRATION OF 20 YEARS OF #GOLFANDGIVING

The 20th anniversary of the Gary Player Invitational was indeed one of the most memorable as Sunshine Tour professional Zander Lombard and his team including Irish pop star Brian McFadden celebrated their tournament victory against the backdrop of an incredible R2.3 million raised for The Player Foundation at Sun City this weekend. Lombard, a week after leading the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player for two days at Sun City before finishing tied eighth, led his team of McFadden and businessmen Adrian Moors and Mark Ilsley to a three-point victory on 188 points at the Lost City Golf Course on Sunday. McFadden was delighted to be on the winning team in this tournament for the second time. “I won […]
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FOOTBALL STARS RECOGNIZE THE PLAYER FOUNDATION’S ROLE IN SPARKING GREATNESS

There are those moments when making a difference in a child’s life at exactly the right time can unlock greatness. South African football stars Aaron Mokoena and Mark Williams both had such moments, and it’s exactly why they applaud and support The Player Foundation’s work in raising funds for charity through this weekend’s Gary Player Invitational at the Lost City Golf Course. At the end of a magnificent first day of the Gary Player Invitational on Saturday in which the collection of sports stars, celebrities, professional golfers and business leaders played their part in the #GolfAndGiving drive of this event for The Player Foundation, both Mokoena and Williams reflected on their own upbringings and the critical moments that helped to […]
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SOUTH AFRICAN SPORTS LEGENDS TEAM UP TO SUPPORT GARY PLAYER INVITATIONAL

Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok Steven Kitshoff and an array of South African sports legends will come together this weekend in support of The Player Foundation and its drive to make a difference for charity through the Gary Player Invitational at the Lost City Golf Course at Sun City from 23-24 November. Kitshoff and fellow Springboks Bryan Habana, Akona Ndungane, Odwa Ndungane, Butch James, Patrick Lambie and Owen Nkumane as well as former Proteas cricket captain Shaun Pollock, International Boxing Hall of Fame member Brian Mitchell, and former Bafana Bafana stars Mark Williams, Jimmy Tau and Matthew Booth join a field of men and women professional golfers and business leaders in the 20th anniversary of the Gary Player Invitational and to celebrate the over $64 million The […]
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GARY PLAYER INVITATIONAL STILL A SPONSORSHIP BENCHMARK IN PROFESSIONAL GOLF

Few sportsmen are still signing endorsement contracts at the age of 84. Yet such is the evergreen force of the Gary Player brand that after reaching this significant age milestone on Friday 1 November, the Black Knight can look forward to the upcoming Gary Player Invitational tournament which in its 20-year history has been backed by leading global brands such as The Coca-Cola Company, BMW, Rolex, UPS, SAP, Callaway, Canon, Heineken, Johnny Walker, Lexus, PwC and Sun International. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Gary Player Invitational in South Africa, which will be played at The Lost City Golf Course at Sun City from 23-24 November. It does so with a strong base of corporate support that has allowed […]
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FOR ONCE, GARY PLAYER GETS TO STAY HOME

Gary Player travels the world as an ambassador for the sport, but for the Nedbank Golf Challenge he plays host in his native country. He did not win as many majors as Jack Nicklaus or win over the masses like Arnold Palmer, but he still has had a lasting impact on the game. Player, 84, of South Africa, won the first of his nine major titles, the 1959 British Open, at the age of 23, and the last, the 1978 Masters Tournament, at 42. He came back from seven shots down on the final day. He also won nine majors as a senior. He has been one of golf’s most revered ambassadors, circling the globe for decades. For the Nedbank Golf Challenge, he gets to play host in his home country at the […]
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AFRICA’S MAJOR: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

This week, the golf world’s focus turns to Sun City as Gary Player will again host the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in South Africa. The tournament has come a long way since Sun City was a mere volcanic crater prior to 1978. Sun International founder, Sol Kerzner, came to Gary Player with a vision to build South Africa’s premier resort. “The first helicopter flight with Sol Kerzner into the vast open bushveld was interesting,” said Gary Player. “I thought to myself, there is no way a golf course, let alone a world-class resort, could be built here. But Sol was a visionary who made things happen. “Our team had to move an unbelievable amount […]
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Someone told me later that 48 major championship wins were standing on the tee for this shot. What a great day at Big Cedar Lodge, spent with terrific company!

Congratulations to Johnny Morris and @TigerWoods on the grand opening of Payne’s Valley. Tiger has designed a beautiful course, another wonderful addition to @BigCedarLodge! Always great to spend time with @McIlroyRory, @JustinThomas34, @JustinRose99, and @jacknicklaus as well.

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The Payne's Valley Cup has brought out all the 🐐s.

@JackNicklaus and @GaryPlayer are here to watch the match.

.@garrick_higgo was 9 in this photo. Yesterday he won his first @EuropeanTour event. It was only his 7th start on the Tour. I’ve worked closely with Garrick and I’ve had the pleasure of watching his game develop to where it is now. Big things to come from this young man.

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