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.

PlayerWinsOverLocke January 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 Star Johannesburg, January 19, 1959.

Newspaper clippings from a scrapbook in the Black Knight Archives.


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