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GARY PLAYER WANTS A BLACK SOUTH AFRICAN TIGER WOODS

Never one to be caught short‚ at the ripe old age of 83 Gary Player has two dreams. Some may dismiss it as the self-righteous ramblings of an octogenarian but the country’s most celebrated golfer wants to see a black South African scale golf’s highest peaks in the way Tiger Woods did. Player also wants crime in this country be addressed more aggressively so that 15 million tourists can visit these shores on an annual basis. Both he concedes‚ are long shots‚ but there’s hope. “To have a black champion‚ like a Tiger Woods of South Africa‚ can be done‚” said Player. “This guy would be such an ambassador for South Africa. He’d make so much money he wouldn’t count […]
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GARY PLAYER SHARES FITNESS TIPS IN ABU DHABI

At the ripe old age of 83, Gary Player swings his golf club as good as any other pro at the Saadiyat Golf Beach Club in Abu Dhabi. Player is one of the world’s greatest golfers and one of only five in the modern era to have won the Career Grand Slam – apart from Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. The South African held the fourth Gary Player Invitational, a charity golf series, in Abu Dhabi with the proceeds going to the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs. ‘Mr. Fitness’ of golf held an informative and lively clinic for the children of determination from the Zayed Higher OrganiZation. “I have seen you last […]
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GARY PLAYER’S FAVORITE GOLF GAMBLING STORY: ARNOLD PALMER AND A SOUTH AFRICAN GOLDMINE

Player’s favorite bet with a golfer didn’t happen on the golf course. Instead, it took place in a goldmine, where he made a bet on the strength of a friend – a friend named Arnold Palmer. “The Big Three gambled together quite a bit. Throw Lee [Trevino] in there as well. But my favorite gambling story came off the golf course with Arnold Palmer. “Arnie was in South Africa with me for a couple of exhibition tournaments, doing our part to grow the game globally. Really, we both came from humble beginnings. He knew that I grew up poor. My father was a goldminer, only making enough to feed his children and to make sure we had a proper education. […]
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From the Archives: Player’s Power Golf Beats Locke’s Magic

This month in Gary Player history: Player wins the Transvaal Open championship over Bobby Locke on January 17, 1959. “Player Takes Title By Four Strokes” – newspaper clipping from Johannesburg, January 18, 1959 Gary Player beat out South African master Bobby Locke at the Transvaal Open championship, setting a new course record in the process at Kensington. “It was during those 16 vital holes in the afternoon that Player revealed his class as a world golfer. During the first nine, particularly, his game looked like going to bits – and, indeed the density of the crowd on two occasions prevented his ball from finding the dense rough-but he held on with magnificent tenacity.” “Player’s Power Golf Beats Locke’s Magic,” The […]
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GARY PLAYER INVITATIONAL SHINES LIGHT ON THE UAE YEAR OF TOLERANCE

Leaders from the golf, sport and business worlds came together yesterday at the award-winning Saadiyat Beach Golf Club to join tournament host, course-designer, sporting icon and Grand Slam champion Gary Player, for the Gary Player Invitational, in support of the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs (ZHO). Held under the patronage of the His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Tolerance, and in association with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the UAE stop of the world’s leading charity golf series saw 72 golf pros, along with their amateur teammates tee off to raise funds for The Player Foundation, which, to date has raised more than $64 million worldwide. British […]
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SUPER FIELD CONFIRMED FOR THE GARY PLAYER INVITATIONAL IN ABU DHABI

A star-studded line-up representing the who’s who of the golf, sport, celebrity and business worlds is confirmed to participate in Abu Dhabi’s Gary Player Invitational, the world’s leading charity golf series. Set to take place Sunday, January 13, 2019, the event will also pay homage to the United Arab Emirate’s Year of Tolerance through a number of unique events and activations. Taking place at the award-winning Saadiyat Golf Beach Club, a Gary Player-designed course, 2019’s union of golf and giving will see 72 golf pros, celebrities and business leaders join tournament host, sporting icon and Grand Slam Champion, Gary Player in raising funds for The Player Foundation which has selected local event beneficiary, the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care […]
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