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Gary Player

Gary PlayerBorn: 1-Nov-1935
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Golf

Nationality: South Africa
Executive summary: Winner of 9 Major tournaments

Turned professional in 1953 at age 17. Player, one of the best golfers of the 20th century, won 11 major tournaments: British Open (1959 at age 23, 1968, and 1974), Masters Tournament (1961, 1974, and 1978, and the PGA Tournament (1962 and 1972), and the US Open (1965). He is one of five players to win a Career Grand Slam, and is notable for his lengthy career. His career winnings exceed $11M. Gary Player is presently a resident of Palm Beach, Florida.

Father: Francis Harry Audley Player (South African gold miner)
Mother: Muriel Marie Ferguson (d. 1943)
Wife: Vivienne Verwey (m. 1957, two sons, four daughters)
Daughter: Jennifer
Son: Marc
Son: Wayne
Daughter: Michele
Daughter: Theresa
Daughter: Amanda

    Winner, British Open 1959
    Winner, Masters Tournament 1961
    Winner, PGA Championship 1962
    Winner, US Open 1965
    Winner, British Open 1968
    Winner, PGA Championship 1972
    Winner, Masters Tournament 1974
    Winner, British Open 1974
    Winner, Masters Tournament 1978
    Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews 1994
    World Golf Hall of Fame 1974

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Author of books:
Gary Player: The Autobiography (1991, memoir)
The Golfer's Guide to the Meaning of Life: Lessons I've Learned From My Life on the Links (2001)

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