The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum has opened the “Gary Player: Grand Slam Success” exhibition – a display dedicated to the prolific career and achievements of one of the best players who ever lived.
Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, Player attended the grand opening and helped cut the ceremonial ribbon inside the exhibit.
A true golf legend affectionately known as “The Black Knight,” Player amassed 165 global wins over a remarkable period of five decades occurring in 21 countries on six continents. The pinnacle of his revered playing career came with a victory at the 1965 United States Open when he clinched the career Grand Slam – a feat, at the time, only achieved by fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan. Since that time, only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have won all four Major championships in their careers.
“Gary has played such an integral role in globalizing the game of golf and the values he represents are what makes the Hall of Fame so proud to be able to call him our Global Ambassador,” said Jack Peter, Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame. “We are thrilled to be able to open this exhibition which celebrates not only Gary’s tremendous successes on the course, but also shares with guests the impact he has had off the course too, through his commitment to education, family, charity and fitness.”
Located on the second floor of the museum, The Gary Player exhibition features many of Player’s major championship trophies, along with his Green Jacket from the Masters Tournament and many other items from his illustrious career. Additionally, the gallery shares the story of Player’s global adventures, the important role his family played in his career, and his life-long commitment to fitness.
Guests will also have an opportunity to utilize the Hall of Fame’s new state of the art golf simulator within the exhibit, playing many of the same courses where Player captured victories during his career. The exhibition is also supported through unique video and photography. The exhibition will be on display through 2015.