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THE BIG THREE

THE BIG THREE ®

“The Big Three” – a moniker first assigned to Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer in the 1960’s due to their dominance in professional golf – has evolved into a trademark representing golf’s greatest legends. Below explore what made these three legends the greatest rivals and friends in golf and maybe even in sport.

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Gary Player on The Big Three:

“The thing that comes to mind about Arnold, Jack and me is that there was such a wonderful rivalry and competition amongst the three of us. When we competed against each other on the golf course we were like wild dogs, we wanted to win so badly. But when one of us won, the other two would put their hands out and say: “Well done, but I’ll get you next week.” It was a very healthy rivalry, based upon gentlemanly conduct.

Golf is a global game and we all felt it was our duty to promote the sport around the world, not just in our home countries. We got on aeroplanes and buzzed off to Japan, to Australia, to South Africa. We had some terrific matches and some wonderful memories, and today it is gratifying to hear people say we were not just thinking of ourselves, but the betterment of the game.

We are the best of friends, we respect each other, and we try to do more than just play golf. We tried to be global ambassadors for the game and to be role models for young people. I never saw Arnold or Jack behave badly. In all the time I played with them, I never saw either take a golf club and thump it on the ground in anger. That is something I have noticed with true stars. Very few of them have bad tempers. The three of us always felt we had a responsibility to be better than that.”

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I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions, but I am resolute in my desire to play many more rounds in 2021 because I believe that golf keeps me young and is vital to my longevity! How many rounds do you hope to play this year?

@garyplayer with some New Year's inspiration for you 💬

Happy New Year’s Eve. 2020 has been a very challenging year and one that I'm happy to see the back of. However, I have a lot to be thankful for. My heart is with anyone grappling with the unforeseen difficulties of 2020. May 2021 bring increased peace and prosperity. All my best.

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I love this photo as it reminds me of when I was steadfast in getting stronger as I knew it was the key to being competitive. It also reminds me of a time when world class gyms were not available at every tournament (hotel rooms and stairways saw many of my training sessions).

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