Gary Player Turns 70 Years Old

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 1, 2005, 5:00 pm
Hes one of only five men to win the career Grand Slam, hes won nine major championships, nine senior majors, more than 160 tournaments worldwide; he has been a professional golfer for more than 50 years, designed more than 200 golf courses worldwide, traveled more than any other athlete, and is renowned for his legendary health-conscious lifestyle and passion for fitness.
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Gary Player is still going strong as he enters his 70s.
And now, on Nov. 1, Gary Player turns 70 years of age!
Still an active member of the Champions Tour, Player has equaled or bettered his age several times during professional tournaments in 2005. In fact, he celebrates his 20th year on that tour this month, having joined the senior circuit just 21 days after turning 50 in 1985. He promptly won his debut tournament, becoming just the fifth person to achieve that feat.
Turning 70 just means that its one stroke easier to beat my age, said Player with a smile.
Players life of globe-trotting has been about spreading the goodwill of golf, earning him the title of golfs International Ambassador. When Arnold Palmer was making the game popular in the United States, it was Player, one of the legendary Big Three with Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, who was popularizing the game in far-flung places around the world.
When you think about it, between Arnold, Jack and myself, that time does make people forget, Player said recently.
But counting the Champions Tour and the regular tour, we went far off winning 60 major championships so we were at each other's throat and everybody knew, we didn't hide it. We were the best of friends and we loved each other a great deal, but we would tell each other, We want to beat you like a drum. And today it still exists. Can you believe at our age, it still exists.
Speak to Player about retirement and he will insist that there is just no time. He does, however, cherish the time spent with his family, his wife of nearly 50 years ' Vivienne - his six children and his 14 grandchildren.
And then there is his beloved farm in the desert area of central South Africa, where he breeds thoroughbred racehorses. But, he is still committed to tournament play, his design company, his sponsors corporate outings and his charitable work, which does substantial good for needy children around the world.
You know, I've been very blessed, and I think that the harder you work, the luckier you get, he said. And having worked on my body since I was nine years of age, - 60 years of doing it, and I still do it very enthusiastically, it's kept me from and prevented me from having injuries. But I might also be a little fortunate.
You see, we have today, it's a different world we live in. I mean, when I was a young man, I used to go to the YMCA to do my training and you'd have to wait for 20 minutes to get to use the apparatus. Now we are so spoiled. We have a gymnasium that travels around with us every week, with physiotherapists and so now these fellows now are training so hard, they watch what they eat. And so really when a man is 50 today, you can really say he's equivalent to 40.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.