Who's who: Gary Player

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Who's who: Gary Player

  • Name:

    Gary Player
  • Also known as:

    The Black Knight
  • Country:

    South Africa
  • Born:

    Nov 1, 1935 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, S Africa.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; golf course designer; rancher; race horse breeder; golf writer; real estate developer; founder of "Gary Player International" including Gary Player Golf Equipment, Gary Player Academies and Black Knight Enterprises.
  • Turned Pro:

    1953
  • Website:

    https://www.garyplayer.com

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (9): The Open (1959, '68, '74); US Open (1965); Masters Tournament (1961, '74, '78); US PGA (1962, '72); major wins included a career slam of all four major championships. Senior MAJORS (6): US Snr Open (1987, '88); US Snr PGA (1986, '88, '90); Snr Players (1987). Player also won the Snr British Open in 1988, '90 and '97, prior to it being designated a senior major in 2003.

Presidents Cup captain (2003, '05, 07). Total professional wins (165), including Sunshine Tour (73), PGA Tour (24), European circuit/Tour (20), Australasian Tour (18), Champions Tour (19). PGA Tour leading money winner (1961). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1974). Awarded South Africa's Order of Ikhamanga (2003). Awarded one of the USA's top two civilian honours, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2020, by Pres Trump).

Golf course design

Gary Player's golf course design business (incorporating Gary Player Design, Player Design and Black Knight Design) has created over 300 golf courses across the globe. His best known work includes, but is not limited to:

SOUTH AFRICA: Fancourt (Links, Outeniqua & Montagu courses) / Gary Player CC, Sun City (Gary Player CC & Lost City courses) / Leopard Creek / Blair Atholl / Fish River / Erinvale / Roodeport.

EUROPE & N AFRICA: BlackSeaRama, Bulg / Five Nations, Belg / Mazagan, Morocco / Modry Las, Poland / Mogador, Morocco / Taulane, Fra / Thracian Cliffs, Bulg /

ASIA: Hidden Tiger, China / Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau, Hong Kong / Ria Bintan, Indonesia / Saadiyat Beach, UAE /

UNITED STATES: Baytree Natl, FL (1994) / Big Cedar, MO (Mountain Top course, 2017) / Cypress Knoll, FL (1991) / Geneva Natl, WI (1995) / Grand Traverse, MI (Wolverine course, 1999) / Hilton Head Natl, SC (1989) / Kiawah Island, SC (Cougar Pt course redesign, 1996) / Lyman Orchards, CT (Player course, 1994) / Mission Hills, CA (Player course, 1991) / Pinewild, NC (Holly course, 1996) / Raspberry Falls, VA (1996) / Raven at Snowshoe, WV (1993) / River Run, MD (1991) / Steele Canyon, CA (1991).

Did you know?

Gary Player, known as "The Black Knight", is one of the living legends of the modern game. He became only the third player in history to win the Grand Slam of major championships, following Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. Since then, only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have emulated this achievement.

In accumulating his nine major championship victories, 24 US PGA titles and countless other tournament wins, Player estimates that he has logged more than 15 million miles in air travel. In addition to his many golfing and business interests he also operates The Player Foundation, which promotes education for underprivileged children around the world.

Top tournaments won by Gary Player

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

4 skins

Prize money

$220,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Senior Skins Game (Jan 29/30; four-man Snr PGA Tr unofficial money event). Player (RSA) won with a total of 4 skins worth $220,000. Second was Tom Watson (USA) 7 skins worth $210,000. Third was Jack Nicklaus (USA) 4 skins worth $90,000. Fourth was Arnold Palmer (USA) 3 skins worth $80,000. [South course, Mauna Lani Resort, Puako, Big Island, Hawaii].

1998
America
Meadow Brook, NY
204 (-12)
$150,000
Northville

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Meadow Brook, NY

Score

204 (-12)

Prize money

$150,000

Title sponsor

Northville

Played as the Northville Long Island Classic (Aug 21-23). Second-placed Walter Hall (USA) and J.C. Snead (USA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA), who recorded the last of his 19 Senior PGA Tour wins. [Meadow Brook Club, Jericho, Long Island, NY].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

£58,330

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Senior British Open (11th) (July 24-27). Player (RSA) beat John Bland (RSA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Dunluce Links, Royal Portrush GC, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

£20,830

Title sponsor

Shell

Played as the inaugural Shell Wentworth Senior Masters (Aug 1-3). Second-placed David Creamer (Eng) and Jose Maria Canizares (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA), who recorded the last of his three European Snr Tour wins. [Edinburgh course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

1995
America
211 (-5)
$90,000
Bank One

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

211 (-5)

Prize money

$90,000

Title sponsor

Bank One

Played as the Bank One Classic (Sept 22-24). Second-placed Jack Kiefer (USA) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA). [Kearney Hill Links, Lexington, Kentucky].

1993
Europe
208
£6,650
Belfast Telegraph

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

208

Prize money

£6,650

Title sponsor

Belfast Telegraph

Played as The Belfast Telegraph Irish Seniors Masters. Second-placed Jose Maria Roca (Esp) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA). [Malone GC, Dunmurry, Belfast, N. Ireland].

1993
America
202 (-14)
$82,500
Bank One

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

$82,500

Title sponsor

Bank One

Played as the Bank One Senior Classic. Second-placed Dale Douglass (USA) finished 3 shots behind Player (RSA). [Kearney Hill Links, Lexington, Kentucky].

1991
America
200 (-13)
$67,500
Royal Caribbn

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

200 (-13)

Prize money

$67,500

Title sponsor

Royal Caribbn

Played as the Royal Caribbean Classic. Second-placed Bob Charles (NZ), Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) and Lee Trevino (USA) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA). [Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne, nr Miami, FL; at the time known as the Links at Key Biscayne].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

280 (E)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Senior British Open (4th). Won by Player (RSA) for the second time in three years. [Ailsa course, Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire].

1990
Majors
281 (-7)
$75,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$75,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship (April 12-15). Second-placed Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA). For the second time in three years Rodriguez finished runner-up to Player in this event. [Champion course, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gdns, FL].

1989
America
Broadmoor CC, IN
135 (-9)
$52,500
GTE

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Broadmoor CC, IN

Score

135 (-9)

Prize money

$52,500

Title sponsor

GTE

Played as the GTE North Classic (Sept 8-10). Second-placed Billy Casper (USA), Al Geiberger (USA) and Joe Jimenez (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Player (RSA). Reduced to 36 holes due to bad weather. [Broadmoor CC, Indianapolis, IN].

1989
America
Tanglewood, NC
207 (-3)
$202,500
RJR

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Tanglewood, NC

Score

207 (-3)

Prize money

$202,500

Title sponsor

RJR

Played as the RJR Championship. Second-placed Rives McBee (USA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA). [Championship course, Tanglewood Golf, Clemmons, nr Winston-Salem, NC].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

272 (-8)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Senior British Open (2nd). Won by Player (RSA). [Ailsa course, Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire].

1988
Majors
288 (E)
$65,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Medinah

Score

288 (E)

Prize money

$65,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Senior Open (Aug 4-7). Defending champion Player (RSA) beat Bob Charles (NZ) in an 18-hole playoff (Player 68, Charles 70). [No.3 course, Medinah CC, Bloomingdale, nr Chicago, IL].

1988
America
Quail Creek, OK
203 (-13)
$37,500
Southwestern Bell

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Quail Creek, OK

Score

203 (-13)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

Southwestern Bell

Played as the Southwestern Bell Classic. Player (RSA) beat Harold Henning (RSA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Quail Creek G&CC, Oklahoma City, OK].

1988
America
Broadmoor CC, IN
201 (-15)
$52,500
GTE

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Broadmoor CC, IN

Score

201 (-15)

Prize money

$52,500

Title sponsor

GTE

Played as the inaugural GTE North Classic (Sept 9-11). Second-placed Dave Hill (USA) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA). [Broadmoor CC, Indianapolis, IN].

1988
America
Pelican Bay, Naples
207 (-9)
$45,000
Aetna

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Pelican Bay, Naples

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

Aetna

Played as the inaugural Aetna Challenge (Feb 26-28). Second-placed Dave Hill (USA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA). [The Club Pelican Bay, Naples, FL].

1988
Majors
284 (-4)
$63,000
General Foods

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

284 (-4)

Prize money

$63,000

Title sponsor

General Foods

Played as the General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship (Feb 11-14). Defending champion Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) finished 3 shots behind Player (RSA). [Champion course, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gdns, FL].

1987
Majors
Brooklawn CC
270 (-14)
$47,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Brooklawn CC

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

$47,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Senior Open (July 9-12). Second-placed Doug Sanders (USA) finished 6 shots behind Player (RSA). [Brooklawn CC, Fairfield, Conn.].

1987
America
Meadow Brook, NY
278 (-10)
$100,000
Northville

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Meadow Brook, NY

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$100,000

Title sponsor

Northville

Played as the inaugural Northville Invitational (non-US Senior Tr event). Player (RSA) beat Bruce Crampton (Aus) with a 30-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole. [Meadow Brook Club, Jericho, Long Island, NY].

1987
Majors
280 (-8)
$60,000
Mazda

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$60,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

Played as the Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship (June 11-14). Second-placed Bruce Crampton (Aus) and Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA), who recorded his second senior major championship win and fifth win on the Snr PGA Tour. [Sawgrass CC, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].

1987
America
207 (-9)
$37,500
PaineWebber

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

PaineWebber

Played as the PaineWebber World Seniors Invitational. Player (RSA) beat Bob Charles (NZ) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina].

1986
Majors
281 (-7)
$45,000
General Foods

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

General Foods

Played as the General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship (Feb 13-16). Second-placed Lee Elder (USA) finished 2 shots behind first-time senior major winner Player (RSA). [Champion course, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gdns, FL].

1986
America
208 (-8)
$37,500
Denver Post

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

208 (-8)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

Denver Post

Played as the Denver Post Champions of Golf. Player (RSA) beat Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) with a par at the fourth playoff hole. [Plum Creek GC, Castle Rock, Colorado; at the time known as TPC Plum Creek].

1986
America
Chester Valley
206 (-4)
$30,000
Utd Hospitals

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Chester Valley

Score

206 (-4)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Utd Hospitals

Played as the United Hospitals Senior Championship. Second-placed Bob Charles (NZ) and Lee Elder (USA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA). [Chester Valley GC, Malvern, nr Philadelphia, PA].

1985
America
Boca Grove Plantn
205 (-11)
$30,000
Quadel

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Boca Grove Plantn

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Quadel

Played as the Quadel Seniors Classic (Nov 22-24). Second-placed Jim Ferree (USA) and Ken Still (USA) finished 3 shots behind first-time Snr PGA Tour winner Player (RSA). [Boca Grove Plantation GC, Boca Raton, Florida].

1984
Europe
272 (-16)
£15,000
Johnnie Walker

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

£15,000

Title sponsor

Johnnie Walker

Played as the Johnnie Walker Trophy (Oct 18-21; post-season limited field unofficial money event). Player (RSA) beat Seve Ballesteros (Esp) at the second playoff hole. [No.1 course, Golf La Moraleja, Alcobendas, nr Madrid; now called Real (Royal) La Moraleja].

1983
America
Desert Highlands
7 skins
$170,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Desert Highlands

Score

7 skins

Prize money

$170,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural PGA Tour Skins Game (four-man PGA Tour unofficial money event). Player (RSA) won with a total of 7 skins worth $170,000. Second was Arnold Palmer (USA) 8 skins worth $140,000. Third was Jack Nicklaus (USA) 2 skins worth $40,000. Fourth was Tom Watson (USA) 1 skin worth $10,000. The event is remembered not just for the golf, but for Tom Watson accusing Gary Player of removing a rooted leaf from behind his ball (which the Rules of Golf prohibit). Player insisted the leaf was loose and could be removed as a loose impediment. [Desert Highlands GC, Scottsdale, Arizona].

1982
Africa
272 (-16)
Lexington

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

Title sponsor

Lexington

Played as the Lexington PGA Championship. Won by Player (RSA). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

272 (-12)

Prize money

R14,035

Title sponsor

Datsun

Played as the Datsun South African Open. Player (RSA) beat John Bland (RSA) at the third hole of a sudden-death playoff. This followed an 18-hole playoff in which Player and Bland scored 70 and Warren Humpreys (Eng) scored 72. This was the last of 13 South African Open wins for Player. [Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Jo'burg, RSA].

1980
America
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chile Open (Abierto de Chile). Won by Player (RSA).

1979
America
73 (+3)
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

73 (+3)

Prize money

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the inaugural PGA Grand Slam of Golf (Aug 7; unofficial event for the previous year's winners of the three US-based Majors and the Tournament Plyrs). Tied after 18 holes, Gary Player (The Masters) and Andy North (US Open) shared the $12,000 first prize. Tied in third place on 77 were Jack Nicklaus (Tournament Plyrs) and John Mahaffey (US PGA). [East Course, Oak Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].

1979
Africa
270 (-18)
Kronenbrau

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

Title sponsor

Kronenbrau

Played as the Kronenbrau South African Masters. Won by Player (RSA) by 6 shots. The 'Black Knight' also won the SA Open and SA PGA in 1979 to take the South African 'Triple Crown' (the first player ever to do so). [Milnerton GC, nr Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

203

Prize money

Title sponsor

Lexington

Played as the Lexington PGA Championship. Won by Player (RSA), who also won the SA Open and SA Masters in 1979 to take the South African 'Triple Crown' (the first player ever to do so). Reduced to 54 holes after final round was rained-out. [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

S Africa Tr

1979/80 South Africa Tour Order of Merit. Won for the second time in his career by Player (RSA).

1979
Africa
279 (-9)
R9,780
BA/Yellow Pages

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

R9,780

Title sponsor

BA/Yellow Pages

Played as the BA/Yellow Pages South African Open. Second-placed Ian Mosey (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA), who also won the SA PGA and SA Masters in 1979 to take the South African 'Triple Crown' (the first player ever to do so). This was the twelfth of 13 South African Open wins for Player. [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].

1978
America
270 (-18)
$40,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$40,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Houston Open. Second-placed Andy Bean (USA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA), who recorded his third straight PGA Tour win in a row, and what proved to be the last of his 24 PGA Tour wins. [The Woodlands CC, nr Houston, TX. Course used was based on the current back-nine of the Tournament course and part of the neighbouring Panther Trail course].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

MONY

Played as the MONY Tournament of Champions (April 13-16). Second-placed Andy North (USA) and Lee Trevino (USA) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA). [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].

1978
Majors
277 (-11)
$45,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (42nd) (April 6-9). Second-placed Rod Funseth (USA), Hubert Green (USA) and Tom Watson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA), who recorded his third and final Masters win. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

1977
Africa
273 (-11)
R6,700
Yellow Pages

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

R6,700

Title sponsor

Yellow Pages

Played as the Yellow Pages South African Open. Second-placed Dale Hayes (RSA) and Bobby Cole (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Player (RSA). This was the eleventh of 13 South African Open wins for Player. [East course, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Jo'burg, RSA].

1977
Asia
Wack Wack G&CC
289 (+1)
x

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Wack Wack G&CC

Score

289 (+1)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Second-placed Hubert Green (USA) and Rudy Lavares (Phil) finished 3 shots behind Player (RSA), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the World Cup of Golf. Team winners of the Cup: Seve Ballesteros & Antonio Garrido (Esp). [Wack Wack G&CC, Manila, Philippines].

1977
Africa
Kensington GC
270 (-10)
Dunlop

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Kensington GC

Score

270 (-10)

Prize money

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop South African Masters. Second-placed Simon Hobday (RSA) and Hugh Baiocchi (RSA) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Player (RSA). [Kensington GC, Johannesburg, S Africa. Course no longer exists; club merged with Royal Johannesburg GC in 1998].

1976
Africa
Kensington GC
268 (-12)
Dunlop

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Kensington GC

Score

268 (-12)

Prize money

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop South African Masters (Feb 6-9). Second-placed Cobie Legrange (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA). [Kensington GC, Johannesburg, S Africa. Course no longer exists; club merged with Royal Johannesburg GC in 1998].

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

S Africa Tr

1976/77 South Africa Tour Order of Merit. Won by Player (RSA).

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

280

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the South African Open. Dave Suddards (RSA) and Bobby Verwey (RSA) finished in second place behind defending champion Player (RSA). This was the tenth of 13 South African Open wins for Player. [Durban CC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa].

1975
Europe
Saint-Nom-La-Breteche
278
Lancome

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Saint-Nom-La-Breteche

Score

278

Prize money

Title sponsor

Lancome

Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by Gary Player (RSA). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

278

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the South African Open. Allan Henning (RSA) finished in second place behind Player (RSA). This was the ninth of 13 South African Open wins for Player. [King David Mowbray GC, Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA; at the time known as Mowbray GC].

1974
America
267 (-5)
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Gavea

Score

267 (-5)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Mark Hayes (USA) finished in second place behind Player (RSA), who shot a 9-under 59 during the event, setting a new world record low score for 18 holes in a professional tournament. [Gavea GC, São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro].

1974
Majors
278 (-10)
$35,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$35,000

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (38th) (April 11-14). Second-placed Dave Stockton (USA) and Tom Weiskopf (USA) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA), who recorded the second of his three Masters titles. Later that year Player also won the Open Championship at Royal Lytham. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

1974
Africa
Kensington GC
270 (-10)
Dunlop

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Kensington GC

Score

270 (-10)

Prize money

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop South African Masters (Jan 23-26). Player (RSA) beat Bobby Cole (RSA) at the second playoff hole to record his fourth straight SA Masters win. [Kensington GC, Johannesburg, S Africa. Course no longer exists; club merged with Royal Johannesburg GC in 1998].

1974
Majors
282 (-2)
£5,500
R&A

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

282 (-2)

Prize money

£5,500

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (103rd) (July 10-13). Second-placed Peter Oosterhuis (Eng) finished 4 shots behind Player (RSA). [Royal Lytham & St Annes GC, nr Blackpool, Lancs].

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Australian Open (Oct 31-Nov 3). Second-placed Norman Wood (Scot) finished 3 shots behind Player (RSA), who posted the last of his seven Australian Open wins. [Lake Karrinyup CC, Perth, WA, Aus].

1974
America
Colonial CC, Tenn
273 (-15)
$35,000
Danny Thomas

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Colonial CC, Tenn

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$35,000

Title sponsor

Danny Thomas

Played as the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic (May 23-26). Second-placed Lou Graham (USA) and Hubert Green (USA) finished 3 shots behind Player (RSA), who recorded his 20th PGA Tour win. [South course, Colonial CC, Cordova, nr Memphis, TN].

1973
Europe
40th hole
£10,000
Piccadilly

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

40th hole

Prize money

£10,000

Title sponsor

Piccadilly

Played as the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship (Oct 11-13; field of eight players). Player (RSA) beat Graham Marsh (Aus) at the 40th hole in the final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

1973
America
Green Island CC
270
$20,030
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Green Island CC

Score

270

Prize money

$20,030

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Southern Open

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

274

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the South African Open. Bobby Cole (RSA) finished in second place behind Player (RSA). This was the eighth of 13 South African Open wins for Player. [Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Jo'burg, RSA].

1972
America
142 (+2)
$50,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

142 (+2)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the World Series of Golf (Sept 9/10; unofficial four-man 36-hole exhibition event for the season's four major championship winners ... or substitutes). First (on 142): Gary Player (RSA; US PGA). Second (144): Jack Nicklaus (USA; Masters and US Open) and Lee Trevino (USA; British Open). Fourth (145): Gay Brewer (USA; Canadian Open). Won by Gary Player (RSA). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

1972
America
279 (-9)
$25,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater New Orleans Open. Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) and Dave Eichelberger (USA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA). [Lakewood GC, New Orleans, LA].

1972
Africa
Kensington GC
267 (-17)
Dunlop

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Kensington GC

Score

267 (-17)

Prize money

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop South African Masters (Jan 19-22; South Africa circuit 1971/72 season). Second-placed Bobby Cole (RSA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Player (RSA). [Kensington GC, Johannesburg, S Africa. Course no longer exists; club merged with Royal Johannesburg GC in 1998].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Gavea

Score

270

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Steve Melnyk (USA) finished in second place behind Player (RSA). [Gavea GC, São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro].

1972
Majors
281 (+1)
$45,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

281 (+1)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (54th) (Aug 3-6). Second-placed Tommy Aaron (USA) and Jim Jamieson (USA) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA), who recorded the second of his two US PGA wins. [South course, Oakland Hills CC, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan].

1972
Africa
Kensington GC
268 (-12)
Dunlop

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Kensington GC

Score

268 (-12)

Prize money

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop South African Masters (Nov 29-Dec 2; S Africa circuit 1972/73 season). Second-placed Harold Henning (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA), who won this title for the third straight time. He last won the title earlier in the year in January, when it was part of the [Kensington GC, Johannesburg, S Africa. Course no longer exists; club merged with Royal Johannesburg GC in 1998].

1971
Africa
Kensington GC
269 (-11)
Dunlop

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Kensington GC

Score

269 (-11)

Prize money

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop South African Masters (Jan 14-17). Second-placed Harold Henning (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA). Harold's brother Graham Henning was a shot further back in third. [Kensington GC, Johannesburg, S Africa. Course no longer exists; club merged with Royal Johannesburg GC in 1998].

1971
America
Miami CC
274 (-14)
$40,000
Natl Airlines

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Miami CC

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$40,000

Title sponsor

Natl Airlines

Played as the National Airlines Open Invitational (March 25-28). Second-placed and defending champion Lee Trevino (USA) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA). [West course, CC of Miami, Miami, FL].

1971
Europe
5 & 4
£8,500
Piccadilly

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

5 & 4

Prize money

£8,500

Title sponsor

Piccadilly

Played as the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship (Oct 7-9; field of eight players). Player (RSA) beat Jack Nicklaus (USA) 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

1971
America
Hidden Hills GC
281 (-7)
$25,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Hidden Hills GC

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Jacksonville Open (March 18-21). Player (RSA) beat Hal Underwood (USA) with a par four at the second playoff hole. [Hidden Hills GC, nr Jacksonville, FL; at the time Hidden Hills CC].

1970
America
271 (-13)
$36,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

271 (-13)

Prize money

$36,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 2-5). Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA). [Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC].

1970
Aus/NZ
280 (-8)
A$3,360
x

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

A$3,360

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Australian Open (Oct 22-25). Second-placed Bruce Devlin (Aus) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Player (RSA), who posted the sixth of his seven Australian Open wins. [Kingston Heath GC, Melbourne, Australia].

1969
Aus/NZ
288 (E)
A$2,800
x

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

288 (E)

Prize money

A$2,800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Australian Open (Oct 23-26). Second-placed Guy Wolstenholme (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA). On a wet and windy final day, Player's 5-over-par 77 just got him over the line. He became only the second five-time winner of this coveted title. [Royal Sydney GC, Rose Bay, Sydney, Aus].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

273

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the South African Open. Second-placed Trevor Wilkes (RSA) finished 6 shots behind defending champion Player (RSA). This was the seventh of 13 South African Open wins for Player, and his fifth straight win in this event. [Durban CC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa].

1969
Africa
Germiston CC
272
PGA of S Africa

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Germiston CC

Score

272

Prize money

Title sponsor

PGA of S Africa

Played as the South African PGA Championship. Won by Player (RSA). [Germiston CC, Germiston, nr J'burg, RSA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

284 (-4)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Tournament of Champions (April 17-20). Second-placed Lee Trevino (USA) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA). [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].

1968
Europe
1 up
£5,000
Piccadilly

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

1 up

Prize money

£5,000

Title sponsor

Piccadilly

Played as the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship (Oct 10-12; field of eight players). Gary Player (RSA) beat Bob Charles (NZ) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

1968
America
143 (+3)
$50,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

143 (+3)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the World Series of Golf (Sept 7/8; unofficial four-man 36-hole exhibition event for the season's four major championship winners). Gary Player (RSA; British Open) beat Bob Goalby (USA; Masters) with a birdie on the fourth playoff hole (par-4 18th). Both shot 143 (+3) in regulation play. Third (144): Julius Boros (USA; US PGA). Fourth (153): Lee Trevino (USA; US Open). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

1968
Majors
289 (+1)
£3,000
R&A

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

289 (+1)

Prize money

£3,000

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (97th) (July 10-13). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) and Bob Charles (NZ) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA). Player's three-wood approach to the par-5 14th (the Spectacles) set-up an eagle three; to this day it is still referred to as "the shot" in Carnoustie legend. [Championship Course, Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

274

Prize money

R1,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the South African Open. Second-placed Cobie le Grange (RSA) finished 7 shots behind defending champion Player (RSA). This was the sixth of 13 South African Open wins for Player, and his fourth straight win in this event. [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

279

Prize money

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop South African Masters (Feb 17-20). Second-placed Cobie Legrange (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA). [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].

1967
Africa
279
BP / Grosvenor Motors

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

279

Prize money

Title sponsor

BP / Grosvenor Motors

Played as the South African Open. Second-placed Allan Henning (RSA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Player (RSA). This was the fifth of 13 South African Open wins for Player, and his third straight win in this event. [East London GC, Eastern Cape, RSA].

1966
Europe
6 & 4
£5,000
Piccadilly

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

6 & 4

Prize money

£5,000

Title sponsor

Piccadilly

Played as the Piccadilly World Match Play Tournament (Oct 6-8; field of eight players). Defending champion Player (RSA) beat Jack Nicklaus (USA) 6 and 4 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

1966
Africa
278
Grosvenor Motors

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

278

Prize money

Title sponsor

Grosvenor Motors

Played as the South African Open. Second-placed Harold Henning (RSA) and Cobie le Grange (RSA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Player (RSA). This was the fourth of 13 South African Open wins for Player. [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].

1965
Aus/NZ
264 (-28)
A$1,120
x

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

264 (-28)

Prize money

A$1,120

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Australian Open (50th) (Oct 28-30). Second-placed Frank Phillips (Aus) and Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 6 shots behind Player (RSA), who claimed the fourth of his seven Australian Open wins. Player shot 11-under par rounds of 62 in the first and third rounds of the championship. [Kooyonga GC, Lockleys, Adelaide, SA].

1965
America
139 (-1)
$50,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

139 (-1)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the World Series of Golf (Sept 11/12; unofficial four-man 36-hole exhibition event for the season's four major championship winners). First (on 139): Gary Player (RSA; US Open). Second (142): Jack Nicklaus (USA; Masters). Third (144): Peter Thomson (Aus; British Open). Fourth (151): Dave Marr (USA; US PGA). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 3 shots behind Gary Player (RSA), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the Canada Cup. Team winners of the Cup: Gary Player & Harold Henning (RSA). [Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain].

1965
Africa
273
R900
Grosvenor Motors

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

273

Prize money

R900

Title sponsor

Grosvenor Motors

Played as the South African Open. Second-placed John Hayes (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Player (RSA). This was the third of 13 South African Open wins for Player. [Royal Cape GC, Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA].

1965
Majors
282 (+2)
$26,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

282 (+2)

Prize money

$26,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (65th) (Jun 17-21). Player (RSA) beat Kel Nagle (Aus) in an 18-hole playoff: Player 71 (+1), Nagle 74 (+4). Winning the US Open allowed Player to complete a career grand slam of all four Majors. [Bellerive CC, St Louis, Missouri].

1965
Europe
3 & 2
£5,000
Piccadilly

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

3 & 2

Prize money

£5,000

Title sponsor

Piccadilly

Played as the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship (Oct 14-16; field of eight players). Player (RSA) beat Peter Thomson (Aus) 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

$12,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the "500" Festival Open Invitational (May 27-31; held in conjunction with the Indy 500 race week). Second-placed Doug Sanders (USA) and Art Wall Jr (USA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA). [Brickyard Crossing GC, at the time known as Speedway GC, Indianapolis, IN].

1964
America
Pensacola CC
274 (-14)
$4,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Pensacola CC

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$4,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Pensacola Open (March 6-9). Player (RSA) beat Miller Barber (USA) and defending champion Arnold Palmer in an 18-hole playoff (playoff scores: Player 71, Palmer 72, Barber 74). [Pensacola CC, Pensacola, FL].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

285

Prize money

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop South African Masters. Won by Player (RSA). [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

278 (-18)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Australian Open (Oct 31-Nov 2). Second-placed Bruce Devlin (Aus) finished 7 shots behind defending champion Player (RSA), who posted the third of his seven Australian Open wins. [East course, Royal Melbourne GC, Victoria, Aus].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$3,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the San Diego Open Invitational (Jan 10-13). Second-placed Tony Lema (USA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA). [Riverwalk GC, San Diego, CA; at the time known as Stardust CC].

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

281

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Australian Open (Nov 1-3). Second-placed Kel Nagle (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA), who posted the second of his seven Australian Open wins. [Royal Adelaide GC, Seaton, Adelaide, SA].

1962
Majors
278 (-2)
$13,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

278 (-2)

Prize money

$13,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (44th) (July 19-22). Second-placed Bob Goalby (USA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA), who recorded his first of two US PGA titles, and third major championship win. [Aronimink GC, Newton Square, PA].

1961
America
Bayshore GC, FL
273 (-15)
$3,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Bayshore GC, FL

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$3,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the first (and only) Sunshine Open Invitational (March 23-26). Second-placed Arnold Palmer (USA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA). [Bayshore GC, Miami Beach, FL. Now known as Miami Beach GC].

1961
Awards
$64,450
see Score
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Score

$64,450

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Player (RSA) was the PGA Tour 1961 leading money winner, with earnings of $64,540 on the Tour. Arnold Palmer (USA) was second with $61,091; Doug Sanders (USA) was third with $57,428.

1961
Majors
280 (-8)
$20,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (25th) (April 6-10). Second-placed Arnold Palmer (USA) and Charles Coe (USA, amateur) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA), who claimed the first of his three Masters titles. Player became the first non-American to don the coveted Masters green jacket. Monday finish required following earlier weather delays. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

1961
America
272 (-12)
$9,000
Lucky Lager

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

272 (-12)

Prize money

$9,000

Title sponsor

Lucky Lager

Played as the Inaugural Lucky International Open (Jan 26-29). Second-placed George Bayer (USA) and Don Whitt (USA) finished 2 shots behind Gary Player (S Africa). [Harding Park GC, San Francisco, Calif. Now known as TPC Harding Park].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

280

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the South African Open. Second-placed Harold Henning (S Africa) and Tommy Trevena (S Africa) finished 7 shots behind Player (S Africa). This was the second of 13 South African Open wins for Player. [King David Mowbray GC, Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA; at the time known as Mowbray GC].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

266

Prize money

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the inaugural Dunlop South African Masters (Jan 21-24; evolved out of the South African Professional Match Play Championship). Second-placed Retief Waltman (S Africa) finished 17 shots behind Player (S Africa), whose total of 266 stood as a record low score for the event for the next 44 years. [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].

1959
Majors
284 (E)
£1,000
R&A

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

284 (E)

Prize money

£1,000

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (88th) (July 1-3). Second-placed Flory Van Donck (Belg) and Fred Bullock (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Player (S Africa). [Muirfield - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, East Lothian].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

3 & 1

Prize money

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop South African Match Play Masters (replaced in 1960 by the Dunlop South African Masters). Player (S Africa) beat Harold Henning (S Africa) 3 and 1 in the 36-hole final. [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Kentucky Derby Open. Won by Gary Player (S Africa), who recorded his first US PGA Tour win.

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

271

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Australian Open (Aug 28-30). Second-placed Kel Nagle (Aus) finished 5 shots behind Player (S Africa), who recorded the first of his seven Australian Open wins. [Kooyonga GC, Lockleys, Adelaide, SA].

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

2 holes

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Australian PGA Ch'ship. Player (S Africa) beat Peter Thomson (Aus) by 2 holes in the final. [Huntingdale GC, Oakleigh South, Melbourne].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

286

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the South African Open. Second-placed Bruce Keyter (S Africa) finished 3 shots behind 20-year-old Player (S Africa). This was the first of 13 South African Open wins for Player. [Durban CC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Player, Gary

Score

338

Prize money

£500

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop Tournament (played over 90 holes). Second-placed Arthur Lees (Eng) finished 2 shots behind 20-year-old Player (S Africa), who recorded his first top-flight tournament win in England. [New course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].

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