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'Birthday boy' Player set for SA Hall of Fame induction

2017-11-01 19:10
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Cape Town - South African golf icon Gary Player, who celebrates his 82nd birthday on Wednesday, will be inducted into the South African Hall of Fame on Monday, November 6 in Sun City.

The induction ceremony dubbed 'Knight of Hope' will be attended by representatives from the government and business world, as well as members of the local and international sports community.

This is the perfect build-up to this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge, hosted by Player, which gets underway from November 9-12.

"Player, one of South Africa's most celebrated sportspeople, businessman and humanitarians, is indeed a most decorous icon to be incorporated into the South African Hall of Fame," said Rob Collins, chief strategy and marketing officer of Sun International.

"We are honoured to host the induction ceremony in the lead up to the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge which plays out on the Gary Player Country Club golf course for the 36th time in November."

Over his career, Player accumulated nine major victories on the regular tour and nine Champions Tour major wins, as well as three Senior British Open Championships on the European Senior Tour.  

At the age of 29, Player won the 1965 US Open and became the only non-American to win all four majors, known as the career Grand Slam. 

He became only the third golfer in history to win a career Grand Slam, following Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. Only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have performed the feat since.

Player has won 165 tournaments on six continents over six decades and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

He also operates The Player Foundation, which has a primary objective of promoting underprivileged education around the world.

Other notable SA Hall of Fame inductees include Bobby Locke, Sally Little, Lucas Radebe, Penny Heyns, Jomo Sono, Brian Mitchell, Jacob Matlala and Joost van der Westhuizen.

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