Gary Player

Gary
Player
1935

South African Professional Golfer, Winner of nine major championships, nine Champions Tour Events and 165 Tournaments on Six Continents, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame

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If you can get ahead, it's definitely a psychological advantage.

I've got too much I want to do in life.

They wanted to play together. They're good friends.

If you don't hit it far enough, go pump some iron.

I've traveled more than any human being who's ever lived.

They've got to do it -- there's not even a debate... There must be a premium on driving.

I'm 70. I hit a drive 280 yards the other day. I never hit a ball 280 in my life. I don't know where we're going. They're going to hit balls over 400 yards. We are only 20 or 30 years out.

My goal was to break 80. When you get to 70, if I can break 80, I consider that a victory.

Visualize winning.

I'm a believer, the first day, if it's possible, if you can get up on the board and you can create a bit of shock [you do it]. I mean, you're talking about the best player in the world. . . . If a guy on our team can look up and say, 'Wow, this guy [Woods] is getting beat, our guys are doing well,' subconsciously it can encourage them.

Nobody has swept the Grand Slam in a single year, but I had a real go at pulling it off. Woods won three majors in 2000. Hogan got three in 1953 and didn't play the PGA. In between winning the Masters and British in '74, I was the 36-hole U.S. Open leader, so the Slam thing almost came within reach.

We are moving all of our offices here from Florida. We are so enamored with this place I am going to build a home here.

I'm using exactly the same clubs, other than No. 4. I was brainwashed into believing it would be abnormal with all the changes. But we're hitting the same club Jack Nicklaus did. I remember Jack hitting 5-iron on No. 11. The greens weren't as fast, but the fairways were lousy.

Obviously shooting your age really depends on both how old you are and how good you are. I would say that a pro should be able to shoot his or her age in their mid-60s, and an amateur in their early to mid-70s. If you're a weekend hacker, you simply may never do it.

We've obviously got to forget about that and now go on to the best of our ability.

Isn't that amazing? He took heed of my advice, and I think it's fantastic. He looks great, he's strong and he's swinging the club much smoother.

Our entire country attracts six million tourists a year, compared with 50 million for Orlando,

What I have learned about myself is that I am an animal when it comes to achievement and wanting success. There is never enough success for me.

It doesn't matter what happened in the past or what happens in the present, when we tee up tomorrow, it's a new day. It's a brand new game.

Our guys played well, they just played better.

When you get to 70, if you can break 80, it's a victory.

It just shows you that when you take the best players in the world, that kind of thing can happen. They are all pumped up.

Simply by making the effort to start something, you will be miles ahead of almost everyone else.

When you've got two guys 1-up with two to play, you automatically think, 'we've got it', especially after they'd battled their hearts out to get back in those matches.

It was a massive blow to lose your No. 2 player. We've got to do the best we can.

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First Name
Gary
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Player
Birth Date
1935
Bio

South African Professional Golfer, Winner of nine major championships, nine Champions Tour Events and 165 Tournaments on Six Continents, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame