Top 10: Essential Gary Player

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Gary Player is one of the most charismatic legends of the game. Check out the ten things you need to know about one of greatest South African golfers in PGA TOUR history. .

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Chance says:

Eyes are different colors ?

Denny Law says:

Jack, Lee and Gary are about the only guys left that were truly "super stars". Even greater is the character that Gary has and the good he does everyday of his life. Others play golf and give what their "handlers" make them do while Gary just loves people and loves to do good. He seems to have his sight on making God happy and being a good human being rather than caring what the media says. I think one day God will say to Gary…"Well done my son."

PartiZAn18 says:

Calisthenics Godfather

vince065us says:

God bless him.

cjs83172 says:

To me, the greatest moment in Gary Player's career was undoubtedly the final round of the 1978 Masters. Considered by the media a "fading star" before the tournament started, Player found himself seven shots behind Hubert Green, the reigning U.S. Open champion, and four shots behind Tom Watson, the reigning Masters and British Open champion (as well as veteran Rod Funseth), and yet, shot a final round 64 and a back nine of 30, both of which tied the Masters record at that time, to grab his third Masters title and ninth major championship. Ironically, the putt he holed on the final green to tie those course and back nine scoring records was virtually the exact same putt he had missed in 1970, which would have put him in a playoff with Gene Littler and eventual champion Billy Casper.

Player was one of the first of the modern players that also showed just how valuable a great short game is, something that Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, and Seve Ballesteros further proved when they dominated the game. Player did not have the firepower that guys like Palmer, Nicklaus, and later Tom Weiskopf had, but he realized that about half the shots played in golf are on, or around the greens, and much as Casper was ON the greens, Player was the greatest player of his generation around the greens, which is why he lasted as long as he did, nearly winning a tenth major championship at the 1984 PGA Championship at the age of 48, and making the cut at the Masters as late as 1998, at the age of 62.

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