In 2000 he was voted “Sportsman of the Century” in South Africa.
Player has won 165 tournaments on six continents over six decades. During the course of his illustrious career, he won nine major championships on the regular tour and six Champion Tour major championship victories, as well as three Senior British Open Championships on the European Senior Tour.
One of only five to win a Career Grand Slam
At the age of 29, Player won the 1965 US Open becoming the only non-American to win all four majors, known as a Career Grand Slam.
He became only the third golfer in history to win the Career Grand Slam, after Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen, only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods achieved this since.
The Black Knight and his diverse interests
Nicknamed the Black Knight, Mr. Fitness, and the International Ambassador of Golf, Player is also a renowned golf course architect with more than 325 design projects on five continents throughout the world to his name. He has also authored or co-written 36 golf books.
His Player Foundation supports underprivileged education around the world. In 1983, the Player Foundation established the Blair Atholl Schools in Johannesburg which have educational facilities for more than 500 pupils from Grade R to Grade 8.