Gary Player’s record Masters

Gary PlayerThree times US Masters winner Gary Player has lined up for his record 51 Masters.

The South African golfer has gone past Arnold Palmer for the most number of Masters played.

Player, now 72, is also celebrating the 30th anniversary of his 1978 title. He also won in 1961 and 1974 and was runner up in 1962 and 1965.

To win the 1978 title, Player scored a final round 64 including seven birdies in his last 10 holes. Today at Augusta, he scored a creditable 83.

No, he is not going to challenge Tiger Woods or anyone else for the title this year or the next, but the point is, he is still having a helluva time playing golf at 72 years of age.

Whether you are 25 or 65, that is something to aspire to. Over time, ASG hopes to find out how he, and others like him, does it.

In rugby, you are eligible for “Golden Oldies” at 35, in golf, you just keep on, and on and on……

 

Gary Players other career highlights include:

 

  • First US Masters international champion.
  • Holds three British Open titles, 1959, 1968 and 1974. 1965
  • US Open champion. 1962 and 1972 PGA champion.
  • One of only five men to win golf’s modern grand slam.
  • Winner of the South African Open 13 times.
  • Won South African PGA three times
  • Won the Australian Open seven times.
  • Recipient of the 1966 Bob Jones Award presented by the USGA for distinguished sportsmanship in golf.
  • A total of 24 PGA TOUR and 19 Champions Tour titles.
  • Won a Tour event in five straight decades.
  • Served as Captain of the international squad at the 2003, 2005 and 2007 Presidents Cup. Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Playing in his 51 Masters.

 

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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