Known as the Black Knight, Mr. Fitness and the International Ambassador of Golf, Gary Player is one of the most successful and perhaps ageless international golfers of all time. A 1974 inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Player has 165 career wins. He completed the grand slam at the age of 29 in 1965 and won nine major titles in his career, including three Masters (1961, 1974, 1978), three British Opens (1959, 1968, 1974), two PGA Championships (1962, 1972) and the US Open (1965). His transition to the Champions Tour was marked by just as much success.
Player has three Senior PGA Championships (1986, 1988 and 1990), two Senior U.S. Opens (1987, 1988), three Senior British Opens (1988, 1990 and 1997) and the Senior Players Championship (1987). The winner of the South African Sportsman of the Century Award, Player is known for his great physical fitness. In 1998, he proved just how fit he was, when, at age 62, he became the oldest golfer to ever make the cut at the Masters, breaking a 25-year-old record held by Sam Snead. Player is also a renowned golf course architect with more than 300 design projects throughout the world. He breeds thoroughbred horses at Gary Player Stud Farm. He is known for his philanthropy, especially in his work to provide and promote youth education and combat obesity in young people.