Gary Player is a South African golf legend, widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game. He has won 165 tournaments on six continents over six decades, including nine major championships and six Champions Tour victories, as well as three Senior British Open Championships on the European Senior Tour. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall Of Fame in 1974.
Along with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, his is often referred to as one of The Big Three golfers of his era, with a professional career spanning from the late 1950s through to the late 1970s.
Amongst his career highlights, Gary won the 1965 US Open to became the only non-American to win all four majors, in the process becoming the third golfer in history to win the Career Grand Slam (following Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen); only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have performed the feat since.
Gary was voted Sportsman Of The Century in South Africa in 2009 and was ranked as the eighth greatest golfer of all time by Golf Digest Magazine. Then, in 2002, he was voted as the World's second greatest golfer of all time by Golf Asia Magazine. In 2012, Gary received the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award at The Players Championship, the first international person to receive this accolade.
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