50 years after he clinched the 1965 Grand slam title at the US Open, Gary player is going back to celebrate a monumental milestone. The 79 year old South African former golfing sensation is this year, marking the 50th anniversary of completing the career Grand Slam. (continues below... )
Gary Player, widely regarded as one of the greatest players in golf, was the third person ever and first non-American to achieve a career grand slam (i.e: winning all 4 US majors).
Gary player said winning the US Open at 29 years of age was a great career achievement for him. That year he became the first non-American to win the US open title since 45 years, he made even more headlines when he donated proceeds from his win to charity.
Nicknamed "the Black Knight" for his signature black competition wear, Gary Player in his through golfing career, won 165 tournaments across six continents, over a period of six decades, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974
Gary Player was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1935 and grew up on a country farm. Since his golf career however, he has become the most traveled athlete ever, with over 25 million kilometres in travel!
Today he is also known for his philanthropy, having donated an estimated $60million to charities, to support physical well being and the education of underprivileged people.