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The SCORPIO Golf Legend: Gary Player

  • Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974
  • Major Championship Vicories: 9
  • US Open: 1965
  • Masters: 1961, 1974, 1978
  • British Open: 1959, 1968, 1974
  • PGA Championship: 1962, 1972
  • Total Tournaments Won: 163
  • PGA Tour Victories: 21
  • Champions Tour Victories: 19

Gary Player was born on November 1, 1935, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The son of a gold miner, Player lost his mother at the age of eight. Player wrote that her loss had a profound effect on his life even at an early age.

Gary PlayerTaking up the game at 14, he turned professional at age 18 and quickly established himself as the man to beat in Africa, Europe and Australia. By the time he was of legal age he had won 10 tournaments and in 1956 he won the South African Open. Shortly after he was invited to play in his first Masters with a personal invitation from Bobby Jones. Once in the U.S. he began an intensified exercise regimen and learned how to hit the ball further in order to compete with the game's best professionals.

Player, like most Scorpios, is a tireless worker who practiced and prepared himself for tournament play with an obsession. His desire to win overcame an unorthodox swing and the limitations imposed by his 5-7, 160 pound frame. With the best all around bunker game in golf and a self-imposed strict regimen of diet and exercise, he willed himself to win.

 

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With his trademark black attire (inspired by his love of westerns) Player is inarguably the best international golfer ever and has traveled more miles than any other sports personality in history. He holds the record for winning at least one sanctioned international tournament a year for 27 years running. Now in his sixth decade as a professional golfer he continues to compete on the Champions Tour and extol the virtues of fitness and health.

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