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Name: - Gary Player
Country: - South Africa
Born : - November 1, 1935 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.
Original Home/Club: - Johannesburg, South Africa
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
Web Address: - http://www.garyplayer.com

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (9): The Open (1959, '68, '74); US Open (1965); Masters (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), of which Sunshine Tr (73), US PGA Tr (24), European circuit/Tr (20), Australasian Tr (18), Champions Tr (19). US PGA Tr leading money winner (1961). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1974). Awarded South Africa's Order of Ikhamanga (2003).


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 and Montagu courses; Gary Player CC and Lost City courses, Sun City; 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: Kiawah Island, Cougar Point course (SC); Head Natl (SC); Mission Hills Player course (Calif); Steele Canyon (Calif); Grand Traverse, Wolverine course (Mich).


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

2000Snr AmericaSkins Game (Snrs)Mauna Lani4 skins$220,000
Played as the Senior Skins Game (four-man US Snr Tr unofficial money event). Player (RSA) won with a total of 4 skins worth $220,000. Second: Tom Watson (USA) 7 skins worth $210,000. Third: Jack Nicklaus (USA) 4 skins worth $90,000. Fourth: Arnold Palmer (USA) 3 skins worth $80,000. [South course, Mauna Lani Resort, Puako, Big Island, Hawaii].
1998Snr AmericaCommerce Bank Ch'shipMeadow Brook, NY204 (-12)$150,000
Played as the Northville Long Island Classic. Second-placed Walter Hall (USA) and J.C. Snead (USA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA), who recorded the last of his 19 US Senior Tour wins. [Meadow Brook Club, Jericho, Long Island, NY].
1997Snr EuropeSenior Open ChampionshipRoyal Portrush278 (-10)£58,330
Played as the Senior British Open (11th). Player (RSA) beat John Bland (RSA) at the second playoff hole. [Dunluce Links, Royal Portrush GC, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland].
1997Snr EuropeWentworth Snr MastersWentworth Club207£20,830
Played as the inaugural Shell Wentworth Senior Masters. Second-placed David Creamer (Eng) and Jose Maria Canizares (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA). [Edinburgh course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1995Snr AmericaBank One ClassicKearney Hill211 (-5)$90,000
Played as the Bank One Classic. Second-placed Jack Kiefer (USA) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA). [Kearney Hill Links, Lexington, Kentucky].
1993Snr AmericaBank One ClassicKearney Hill202 (-14)$82,500
Played as the Bank One Senior Classic. Second-placed Dale Douglass (USA) finished 3 shots behind Player (RSA). [Kearney Hill Links, Lexington, Kentucky].
1993Snr EuropeIrish Snr MastersMalone208£6,650
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].
1991Snr AmericaRoyal Caribbean ClassicCrandon, Key Biscayne200 (-13)$67,500
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].
1990Snr EuropeSenior Open ChampionshipTurnberry280 (E)
Played as the Senior British Open (4th). Won by Player (RSA) for the second time in three years. [Ailsa course, Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire].
1990Snr MajorsUS Snr PGA Ch'shipPGA National281 (-7)$75,000
Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship. 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].
1989Snr AmericaComfort ClassicBroadmoor CC, IN135 (-9)$52,500
Played as the GTE North Classic. Second-placed Billy Casper (USA), Al Geiberger (USA) and Joe Jimenez (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Player (RSA). [Broadmoor CC, Indianapolis, IN].
1989Snr AmericaVantage ChampionshipTanglewood Park207 (-3)$202,500
Played as the RJR Championship. Second-placed Rives McBee (USA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA). [Championship course, Tanglewood Park GC, Clemmons, nr Winston-Salem, NC].
1988Snr AmericaChubb ClassicPelican Bay, Naples207 (-9)$45,000
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].
1988Snr AmericaComfort ClassicBroadmoor CC, IN201 (-15)$52,500
Played as the GTE North Classic. Second-placed Dave Hill (USA) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA). [Broadmoor CC, Indianapolis, IN].
1988Snr AmericaGtr Kansas City ClassicQuail Creek G&CC203 (-13)$37,500
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].
1988Snr EuropeSenior Open ChampionshipTurnberry272 (-8)
Played as the Senior British Open (2nd). Won by Player (RSA). [Ailsa course, Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire].
1988Snr MajorsUS Snr OpenMedinah CC288 (E)$65,000
The US Senior Open. 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].
1988Snr MajorsUS Snr PGA Ch'shipPGA National284 (-4)$63,000
Played as the General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship. Defending champion Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) finished 3 shots behind Player (RSA). [Champion course, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gdns, FL].
1987Snr AmericaCommerce Bank Ch'shipMeadow Brook, NY278 (-10)$100,000
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].
1987Snr AmericaHome Depot Invtl.Quail Hollow Club207 (-9)$37,500
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].
1987Snr MajorsSenior Players Ch'shipSawgrass CC280 (-8)$60,000
Played as the Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship. Second-placed Bruce Crampton (Aus) and Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) finished 1 shot behind Player (RSA). [Sawgrass CC, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
1987Snr MajorsUS Snr OpenBrooklawn CC270 (-14)$47,000
The US Senior Open. Second-placed Doug Sanders (USA) finished 6 shots behind Player (RSA). [Brooklawn CC, Fairfield, Conn.].
1986Snr AmericaDenver Post ChampnsPlum Creek208 (-8)$37,500
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].
1986Snr AmericaInstinet ClassicChester Valley206 (-4)$30,000
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].
1986Snr MajorsUS Snr PGA Ch'shipPGA National281 (-7)$45,000
Played as the General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship. 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].
1985Snr AmericaQuadel Snrs ClassicBoca Grove Plantn205 (-11)$30,000
Played as the Quadel Seniors Classic. Second-placed Jim Ferree (USA) and Ken Still (USA) finished 3 shots behind first-time US Snr Tr winner Player (RSA). [Boca Grove Plantation GC, Boca Raton, Florida].
1983Men AmericaSkins Game (PGA Tr)Desert Highlands7 skins$170,000
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: Arnold Palmer (USA) 8 skins worth $140,000. Third: Jack Nicklaus (USA) 2 skins worth $40,000. Fourth: 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].
1982Men AfricaSouth African PGAWanderers GC272 (-16)
Played as the Lexington PGA Championship. Won by Player (RSA). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].
1981Men AfricaSouth African OpenRoyal Johannesburg272 (-12)R14,035
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].
1980Men AmericaChile Open
Played as the Chile Open (Abierto de Chile). Won by Player (RSA).
1979Men AmericaGrand Slam of Golf73x
Played as the PGA Grand Slam of Golf by the season's four Major winners. Gary Player (RSA) beat Andy North (USA) in a playoff. Tied in third place were Jack Nicklaus (USA) and John Mahaffey (USA).
1979Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Sunshine Tr
1979/80 South Africa Tour Order of Merit. Won for the second time in his career by Player (RSA).
1979Men AfricaSouth African MastersMilnerton GC270 (-18)
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].
1979Men AfricaSouth African OpenHoughton279 (-9)R9,780
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].
1979Men AfricaSouth African PGAWanderers GC203
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). Event reduced to 54 holes after final round was rained-out. [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].
1978Men AmericaHouston OpenWoodlands CC, TX270 (-18)$40,000
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].
1978Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National277 (-11)$45,000
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].
1978Men AmericaTourmnt of Chmpns (PGA Tr)La Costa Resort281 (-7)$45,000
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].
1977Men AfricaSouth African MastersKensington GC270 (-10)
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].
1977Men AfricaSouth African OpenRoyal Johannesburg273 (-11)R6,700
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].
1977Men AsiaWorld Cup of Golf (Indiv)Wack Wack G&CC289 (+1)
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].
1976Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Sunshine Tr
1976/77 South Africa Tour Order of Merit. Won by Player (RSA).
1976Men AfricaSouth African MastersKensington GC268 (-12)
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].
1976Men AfricaSouth African OpenDurban CC280x
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].
1975Men AfricaSouth African OpenMowbray278x
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. [Mowbray GC, Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA].
1975Men EuropeTrophee LancomeSaint-Nom-La-Breteche278X
Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by Gary Player (RSA). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
1974Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenLake Karrinyup277 (-11)
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].
1974Men AmericaBrazil OpenGavea G&CC267 (-5)
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].
1974Men AfricaSouth African MastersKensington GC270 (-10)
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].
1974Men AmericaSt Jude ClassicColonial CC, Tenn273 (-15)$35,000
Played as the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic. Second-placed Lou Graham (USA) and Hubert Green (USA) finished 3 shots behind Player (RSA). [South course, Colonial CC, Cordova, nr Memphis, TN].
1974Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National278 (-10)$35,000
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].
1974Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal Lytham282 (-2)£5,500
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].
1973Men AmericaBuick ChallengeGreen Island CC270$20,030
Played as the Southern Open
1973Men AfricaSouth African MastersKensington GC268 (-12)
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].
1973Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club40th hole£10,000
Played as the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship. Player (RSA) beat Graham Marsh (Aus) at the 40th hole in the final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1972Men AmericaBrazil OpenGavea G&CC270
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].
1972Men AmericaNew Orleans ClassicLakewood GC, La.279 (-9)$25,000
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].
1972Men AfricaSouth African MastersKensington GC267
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].
1972Men AfricaSouth African OpenRoyal Johannesburg274x
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].
1972Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipOakland Hills281 (+1)$45,000
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].
1972Men AmericaWorld Series of GolfFirestone CC142x
Played as the World Series of Golf; a 36-hole exhibition event. Won by Gary Player (RSA). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
1971Men AmericaJacksonville OpenHidden Hills GC281 (-7)$25,000
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].
1971Men AmericaNational Airlines OpenMiami CC274 (-14)$40,000
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].
1971Men AfricaSouth African MastersKensington GC269 (-11)
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].
1971Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club5 & 4£8,500
Played as the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship. Player (RSA) beat Jack Nicklaus (USA) 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1970Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenKingston Heath280 (-8)A$3,360
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].
1970Men AmericaWyndham Ch'shipSedgefield CC271 (-13)$36,000
Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 2-5). Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) finished 2 shots behind Player (RSA). [Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC].
1969Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenRoyal Sydney288 (E)A$2,800
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].
1969Men AfricaSouth African OpenDurban CC273x
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].
1969Men AfricaSouth African PGAGermiston CC272
Played as the South African PGA Championship. Won by Player (RSA). [Germiston CC, Germiston, nr J'burg, RSA].
1969Men AmericaTourmnt of Chmpns (PGA Tr)La Costa Resort284 (-4)$30,000
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].
1968Men AfricaSouth African OpenHoughton274R1,500
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].
1968Men MajorsThe OpenCarnoustie289 (+1)£3,000
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].
1968Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club1 hole£5,000
Played as the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship. Gary Player (RSA) beat Bob Charles (NZ) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1968Men AmericaWorld Series of GolfFirestone CC143x
Played as the World Series of Golf; a 36-hole exhibition event. Won by Gary Player (RSA). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
1967Men AfricaSouth African MastersHoughton279
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].
1967Men AfricaSouth African OpenEast London GC279x
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].
1966Men AfricaSouth African OpenHoughton278x
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].
1966Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club6 & 4£5,000
Played as the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship. Defending champion Player (RSA) beat Jack Nicklaus (USA) 6 and 4 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1965Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenKooyonga264 (-28)A$1,120
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].
1965Men AfricaSouth African OpenRoyal Cape273R900
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].
1965Men MajorsUS OpenBellerive CC282 (+2)$26,000
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].
1965Men EuropeWorld Cup of Golf (Indiv)Club de Campo, Madrid281 (-7)$1,000
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].
1965Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club3 & 2£5,000
Played as the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship. Player (RSA) beat Peter Thomson (Aus) 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1965Men AmericaWorld Series of GolfFirestone CC139x
Played as the World Series of Golf; a 36-hole exhibition event. Won by Gary Player (RSA). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
1964Men America500 Festival OpenBrickyard Crossing273 (-11)$12,000
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].
1964Men AmericaPensacola Openxx
Played as the Pensacola Open Invitational.
1964Men AfricaSouth African MastersHoughton285
Played as the Dunlop South African Masters. Won by Player (RSA). [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].
1963Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenRoyal Melbourne278 (-18)
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].
1963Men AmericaFarmers Insurance OpenRiverwalk GC, CA270 (-18)$3,500
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].
1962Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenRoyal Adelaide281
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].
1962Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipAronimink278 (-2)$13,000
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].
1961Men AmericaLucky Intl. Openxx
Played as the Lucky International Open.
1961Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$64,450see Score
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.
1961Men AmericaSunshine OpenBayshore GC, FL273 (-15)$3,500
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].
1961Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National280 (-8)$20,000
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].
1960Men AfricaSouth African MastersHoughton266
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].
1960Men AfricaSouth African OpenMowbray280x
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. [Mowbray GC, Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA].
1959Men AfricaSouth African Match PlayHoughton3 & 1
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].
1959Men MajorsThe OpenMuirfield284 (E)£1,000
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].
1958Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenKooyonga271
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].
1958Men AmericaKentucky Derby Openxx
Played as the Kentucky Derby Open. Won by Gary Player (S Africa), who recorded his first US PGA Tour win.
1957Men Aus/NZAustralian PGAHuntingdale2 holes
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].
1956Men EuropeDunlop TournamentSunningdale, Eng338£500
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].
1956Men AfricaSouth African OpenDurban CC286
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].

 

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Courses:
Tiburón GC: featuring two Greg Norman-designed courses, this top-level Florida Stay&Play venue hosts the PGA and LPGA Tours this autumn.
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Tournaments:
Buick LPGA Shanghaithis new event forms part of the LPGA’s six event Fall Asian Swing (Oct 18-21).
Alfred Dunhill Links Championshipthe European Tour enjoys its annual Pro-Am outing on the majestic links of St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns
(Oct 4-7).


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Sergio Garciabecame the highest ever Ryder Cup points scorer for Team Europe with 25.5 pts after defeating Rickie Fowler at Golf National in Paris.

  
 
  

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