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Kate Tuttle

Gary Player may be not only the greatest golfer from South Africa but one of the greatest golfers of all time. He has won more than 100 major international titles and is one of only four men to win each of the game’s four major professional tournaments. After a difficult childhood—his mother died when he was eight years old, and his father, a gold miner, barely made enough to live on—he learned to play golf on a local course and turned professional in 1953. Four years later he entered the United States Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) circuit. Player’s long roster of victories includes the British Open (1959, 1968, 1974), the U.S. PGA (1962, 1972), the U.S. Open (1965), and the Masters (1961, 1974, 1978 In addition he won the South African Open thirteen times and the ...

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Jeremy Rich

professional golfer and businessman, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on 1 November 1935, the son of Muriel (maiden name unknown) and Harry Player. His father worked in a gold mine beginning at age thirteen, and later became a professional golfer. Player has recalled that his mother was a major influence on her son, and that she encouraged him to show respect toward others. Cancer took her life when Player was only eight years old, a loss he felt deeply well into adulthood. As a child Player idolized cowboy heroes from American television western series like Have Gun, Will Travel and eventually adopted the dark sartorial look of that show s hero Paladin on the golf course Wearing a shirt pants and cap Player later gloried in the nickname The Black Knight It took some convincing by Harry Player for his son to focus on golf rather ...