Player, Gary

Hometown:

SOUTH AFRICA

Johannesburg

Year Inducted:

1974

Induction Category:

Pinehurst

Birth Date:

Nov 01, 1935

Gary Player

Professional Majors: 18

  • Masters Tournament: 1961, 1974, 1978
  • U.S. Open: 1965
  • Open Championship: 1959, 1968, 1974
  • PGA Championship: 1962, 1972
  • Senior PGA Championship: 1986, 1988, 1990
  • Senior Players Championship: 1987
  • Senior British Open: 1988, 1990, 1997
  • U.S. Senior Open: 1987, 1988

PGA TOUR Wins: 15

  • 1958: Kentucky Derby Open
  • 1961: Lucky Strike International Open, Sunshine Open Invitational
  • 1963: San Diego Open Invitational
  • 1964: Pensacola Open, 500 Festival Open
  • 1969: Tournament of Champions
  • 1970: Greater Greensboro Open
  • 1971: Greater Jacksonville Open, National Airlines Open Invitational
  • 1972: Greater New Orleans Open
  • 1973: Southern Open
  • 1974: Danny Thomas Memphis Classic
  • 1978: MONY Tournament of Champions, Houston Open

Champions Tour Wins: 14

  • 1985: Quadel Senior Classic
  • 1986: United Hospitals Senior Golf Championship, Denver Post Champions of Golf
  • 1987: Paine Webber World Seniors Invitational, Chrysler Cup
  • 1988: Aetna Challenge, Southwestern Bell Classic, GTE North Classic
  • 1989: GTE North Classic, RJR Championship
  • 1991: Royal Caribbean Classic
  • 1993: Bank One Senior Classic
  • 1995: Bank One Senior Classic
  • 1998: Northville Long Island Classic

International Wins: 116

  • 1955: East Rand Open (South Africa), Egyptian Match Play
  • 1956: East Rand Open (South Africa), South African Open, Dunlop Tournament, Ampol Tournament (Australia)
  • 1957: Western Province Open (South Africa), Australian PGA Championship, Coffs Harbour Tournament (Australia)
  • 1958: Natal Open (South Africa), Australian Open, Ampol Tournament (Australia), Coffs Harbour Tournament (Australia)
  • 1959: Transvaal Open (South Africa), South African PGA Championship, Natal Open (South Africa), Western Province Open (South Africa), South African Masters, Victorian Open (Australia)
  • 1960: Sprite Tournament (U.S.), South African Open, South African PGA Championship, South African Masters, Transvaal Open (South Africa), Natal Open (South Africa), Western Province Open (South Africa)
  • 1961: Yomiuri Open (Japan), Ampol Tournament (Australia)
  • 1962: Transvaal Open (South Africa), Natal Open (South Africa), Australian Open
  • 1963 Sponsored 5000 (South Africa), Transvaal Open (South Africa), Liquid Air Tournament (South Africa), Richelieu Grand Prix (Cape Town), Richelieu Grand Prix (Johannesburg), South African Masters, Australian Open
  • 1964: South African Masters
  • 1965: South African Open, World Series of Golf (U.S.), World Match Play (UK), Australian Open, World Cup (Australia), NTL Challenge Cup (Canada)
  • 1966: South African Open, Natal Open (South Africa), Transvaal Open (South Africa), World Match Play (UK),
  • 1967: South African Masters, South African Open
  • 1968: Western Province Open (South Africa), Natal Open (South Africa), South African Open, South African Masters, World Series of Golf (U.S.), World Match Play (UK), Australian Masters
  • 1969: South African Open, South African PGA Championship, Australian Open, Australian Masters
  • 1970: Australian Open, Dunlop International (Australia), Brazilian Open
  • 1971: South African Masters, General Motors Open (South Africa), Western Province Open (South Africa), World Match Play (UK)
  • 1972: South African Masters I, South African Open, Western Province Open (South Africa), South African Masters II, World Series of Golf (U.S.), Japan Air Lines Open
  • 1973: General Motors Open (South Africa), World Match Play (UK)
  • 1974: South African Masters, Rand International Open (South Africa), General Motors International Classic (South Africa), Ibergolf Tournament (Spain), La Manga Tournament (Spain), Brazilian Open, Australian Open
  • 1975: General Motors Classic (South Africa), South African Open, Lancome Trophy (France)
  • 1976: General Motors Open (South Africa), South African Masters I, South African Masters II, South African Open
  • 1977: South African Open, ICL International (South Africa), World Cup Trophy (Individual)
  • 1979: South African PGA Championship, Kronenbrau Tournament (South Africa), South African Open, Sun City Classic (South Africa)
  • 1980: Trophee Boigny (Ivory Coast), Chilean Open
  • 1981: South African Open, Gold Coast Classic (Australia)
  • 1982: South African PGA Championship, Skins Game (U.S.)
  • 1984: Johnny Walker Trophy (Spain)
  • 1986: Nissan Skins Game (South Africa)
  • 1987: Northville Invitational (U.S.)
  • 1988: Nissan Skins Game (South Africa)
  • 1991: Nissan Skins Game (South Africa)
  • 1993: Irish Senior Masters
  • 1995: Alfred Dunhill Challenge
  • 1997: Shell Wentworth Senior Masters (UK), Daiichi Seimei Cup (Japan)
  • 2000: Nelson Mandela Invitational (South Africa), Senior Skins Game (U.S.)
  • 2001: Senior Skins Game (U.S.)
  • 2004: Nelson Mandela Invitational (South Africa)

President Cup Appearances: 3

  • (Wins in bold)
  • Captain: 2003, 2005, 2007

Awards & Honors

  • Golf
  • PGA TOUR leading money winner: 1961
  • Bob Jones Award: 1966
  • Honorary Member of the R&A: 1994
  • Honorary Member of Carnoustie: 1999
  • South African Sportsman of the Century: 2000
  • Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award: 2003
  • Order of Ikhamanga: 2003
  • Hilton Hotel Lifetime Achievement Award: 1995
  • Payne Stewart Award: 2006
  • Asian Pacific Golf Hall of Fame: 2011
  • PGA Tour’s Lifetime Achievement Awards: 2012

Academic Honors

  • Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 1995
  • Honorary Doctor of Science, the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, 1997
  • Honorary Doctorate in Law, University of Dundee, Scotland, 1999