Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player

Profession: Golfer

Nationality:
South Africa
South African

Why Famous: Regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of golf.

Born: November 1, 1935
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Age: 83 years old

Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Scorpio

Married Life

  • 1957-01-19 Golfer Gary Player (21) weds Bobby Verwey's sister Vivienne Verwey

Events in the Life of Gary Player

  • 1959-07-03 British Open Golf, Muirfield: 23 year old South African Gary Player wins the first of his 9 major titles, 2 strokes clear of runners-up Fred Bullock and Flory Van Donck
  • 1961-04-10 25th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: South African Gary Player beats defending champion Arnold Palmer and amateur Charles Coe by 1 stroke to become first international champion; Monday finish because of rain
  • 1962-04-09 26th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Arnold Palmer wins the 3rd of his 4 Masters titles in an 18 hole Monday playoff with Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald; tournament's first 3-way playoff
  • 1962-07-22 PGA Championship, Aronimink GC: Gary Player of South Africa wins by 1 stroke from Bob Goalby
  • 1965-04-11 29th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Nicklaus wins the 2nd of his 6 Masters titles with a tournament record 271 (−17); beats Gary Player and Arnold Palmer by a record 9 strokes
  • 1965-06-21 65th US Golf Open: Gary Player shoots 282 at Bellerive CC in St Louis
  • 1968-07-13 British Open Golf, Carnoustie: South African Gary Player wins second of his 3 Open titles, 2 strokes clear of Bob Charles and Jack Nicklaus; 5th of Player's 9 major titles
  • 1969-08-17 PGA Championship, NCR CC: Ray Floyd wins first of his 4 major titles by 1 stroke from South African Gary Player
  • 1972-08-06 PGA Championship, Oakland Hills CC: Gary Player of South Africa wins by 2 shots from Americans Tommy Aaron & Jim Jamieson
  • 1974-04-14 38th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Gary Player wins the 2nd of his 3 Masters titles, 2 strokes ahead of Dave Stockton and Tom Weiskopf
  • 1974-07-13 British Open Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: South African Gary Player wins his 3rd Open Championship, 4 strokes clear of runner-up Peter Oosterhuis of England
  • 1978-04-09 42nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: 42 year old Gary Player shoots a record-tying final round 64 (−8) to win by 1 stroke from Rod Funseth, Tom Watson and Hubert Green
  • 1984-08-19 PGA Championship, Shoal Creek: Lee Trevino wins his 2nd PGA C'ship by 4 shots from Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins
  • 1987-07-12 8th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Gary Player
  • 1988-02-14 49th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player
  • 1988-08-08 9th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Gary Player
  • 1990-08-15 51st PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player

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