On this day, In 1935 Gary Player is born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Gary Player

Happy Birthday to the Black Knight, Gary Player

Gary Player is a South African golfer considered to be one of the greatest players of the game. He is most famous for becoming the only non-American to win the “Grand Slam of Golf” consisting of the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA championship.

Among the most successful players of the game, his career spans across almost six decades and he has won more than 160 tournaments across six continents. He started playing golf as a teenager – every success made him more determined to become one of the greatest players of the game. Player turned professional at the age of 17 and joined the PGA tour four years later. He is often referred to as Mr. Fitness and is known for the strict health regime and exercise routine that he follows.

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He is well-known not just for his accomplishments on the golf course, but also for being a man of principles and values – he is someone who is respected not only for being a great player, but also for being an awesome human being. His ‘The Player Foundation’ works to provide education, nutrition and medical care to underprivileged children. The foundation has till date contributed more than $50 million to various children’s charities. He is also a world famous golf course architect who has designed more than 320 golf courses all over the world. In addition, he has written, or co-written 36 books on golf.

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