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Gary Player

  • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Residence: Johannesburg, South Africa and Marshall Ranch, Texas
  • Birthdate: October 31, 1935
  • Age: 70
  • Turned Pro: 1953

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Player Notes

Is one of only four players to win all four major championships, joining Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus; Is the only player in the 20th century to win the British Open in three different decades; Leading money winner on the PGA Tour in 1961; Last player on the PGA Tour to win three consecutive events; 1978 Masters, Tournaments of Champions and Houston Open. They just happen to be his last victories on the PGA Tour; Winner of over 162 tournaments around the world including the 1959, '68 and '74 British Open, 1988, '90 and '97 British Senior Open, the South African Open 13 times, the Australian Open seven times and the World Series of Golf three times; Is one of four golfers to win his first Champions Tour start when he won the 1985 Quadel Seniors;Owns or is part-owner of several racing horses; Claims that he has logged more miles traveling than any other athlete in history; Also looking to win in this new decade giving him a victory in each of the last six different decades; His victory in the 1998 Northville Long Island Open at the age of 62 years, 9 months, 22 days makes him the second oldest winner on the Champions Tour; Captain of the International team at the Presidents Cup in South Africa in 2003 and at Lake Mannass in 2005.

Career Victories

Champions Tour
19 - 1985 Quadel Seniors Classic, 1986 PGA Seniors Championship, United Hospital Classic, Denver Post Champions, 1987 Senior TPC, U.S. Senior Open, PaineWebber World Seniors, 1988 PGA Seniors Championship, Aetna Challenge, Southwestern Bell Classic, U.S. Senior Open, GTE North Classic, 1989 GTE North Classic, RJR Championship, 1990 PGA Seniors Championship, 1991 Royal Caribbean Classic, 1993 Bank One Classic, 1995 Bank One Classic, 1998 Northville Long Island Classic.

PGA Tour
24 - 1958 Kentucky Derby Open, 1959 British Open, 1961 Lucky International, Sunshine, Masters, 1962 PGA Championship, 1963 San Diego Open, 1964 "500" Festival, Pensacola Open, 1965 U.S. Open, 1968 British Open, 1969 Tournament of Champions, 1970 Greater Greensboro Open, 1971 Jacksonville National Airlines Open, 1972 New Orleans Open, PGA Championship, 1973 Southern Open, 1974 Masters, Danny Thomas-Memphis Open, British Open, 1978 Masters, Tournament of Champions, Houston Open.

Other
1988, '90 and '97 Senior British Open, 1993 Irish Senior Masters, 2000 Senior Skins and over to 162 other tournaments.

Career Summary

1989 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; top 10 finishes - 11; stroke average 70.79 (ranked 9th); money $514,116 (ranked 4th); best finish, winner, GTE North Classic and RJR Championship.

1990 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; One win (PGA Seniors' Championship), four seconds, third place twice, 13 top 10 finishes; stroke average 69.96 (ranked 2nd); money $507,268 (ranked 9th).

1991 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; top 10 finishes - 9; stroke average 70.57 (ranked 9th); money $337,253 (ranked 18th); one win (Royal Caribbean Classic).

1992 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; top 10 finishes - 9; stroke average 70.40 (ranked T7th); money $346,798 (ranked 23rd); best finish: 2nd, Royal Caribbean Classic, where he had a four-stroke lead going into the final round. 1992 also marked the first time since joining the Champions Tour in 1985 that he did not win a tournament. Finished second in the Fuji Electric Senior Grandslam, held in Japan.

1993 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; top 10 finishes - 6; stroke average 70.81 (ranked T13th); money $360,272 (ranked 26th); winner Bank One Classic.

1994 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; top-10 finishes - 4; stroke average 71.01 (ranked 24th); money $309,776 (ranked 30th); best finish, T2nd, Cadillac NFL Golf Classic.

1995 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 71.72 (ranked 30th); money $309,251 (ranked 38th); winner, Bank One Classic.

1996 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; top-10 finishes - 7; stroke average 71.47 (ranked T22nd); money $494,714 (ranked 24th); best finish, 2nd, FHP Health Care Classic, T2nd SBC Dominion Seniors and Vantage Championship.

1997 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; top-10 finishes - 1; stroke average 71.83 (ranked T40th); money $208,615 (ranked 62nd); best finish, T7th at du Maurier Champions.

1998 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; top-10 finishes - 5; stroke average 71.11 (ranked 16th); money $455,206 (ranked 37th); winner, Northville Long Island Classic.

1999 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 71.52 (ranked 42nd); money $235,181 (ranked 61st); best finish, T6th, Foremost Insurance Championship.

2000 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; top-10 finishes - 7; stroke average 72.15 (ranked 61st); money $199,579 (ranked 70th); best finish, T11th Royal Caribbean Classic & EMC Kaanapali Classic.

2000 Notes
Made two starts on the PGA Tour missing the cut at The Masters and the British Open.

2001 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; top-10 finishes - 3; stroke average 72.73 (ranked 63rd); money $256,013 (ranked 63rd); best finish, T8th ACE Group Classic, Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley & PGA Senior

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Missed cut at Masters & British Open.

2002 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; top-10 finishes - 1; stroke average 73.67 (ranked 86th); money $109,006 (ranked 90th); best finish, T9th Farmers Charity Classic. On the PGA Tour missed the cut at the Masters.

2003 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; top-10 finishes - 0; stroke average 73.51 (ranked 83rd); money $78,690 (ranked 93rd); best finish, T22nd MasterCard Classic. On the PGA Tour missed the cut at the Masters.

2004 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; top-10 finishes - 0; stroke average 74.39 (ranked 77th); money $62.287 (ranked 96th); best finish, T24th Outback Steakhouse Pro-am. On the PGA Tour missed the cut at the Masters.

2005 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 14; top-10 finishes - 0; stroke average 74.39 (ranked 77th); money $63,547 (ranked 96th); best finish, 36th MasterCard Championship. On the PGA Tour missed the cut at the Masters and missed cut in the Nationwide BMW Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs.

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