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Gary Player
(South African Athlete)

Date of Birth:
November 1, 1935

South African

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Gary Player is a South African professional golfer generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the game's history.

He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has logged more than 14 million miles in travel, probably more than any other athlete . Dubbed the Black Knight, Mr. Fitness, and the International Ambassador of Golf, Player is a renowned golf course architect with more than 250 design projects throughout the world. His business interests are represented by Black Knight International, which includes Gary Player Design, Gary Player Real Estate, and Gary Player Enterprises, and aspects of which include licensing, publishing, videos, apparel and memorabilia. The Gary Player Stud Farm has received worldwide acclaim for breeding top thoroughbred race horses, including 1994 English Derby entry Broadway Flyer. He operates The Player Foundation with its primary objective to promote education around the world. In 1983, The Player Foundation established the Blair Atholl Schools in Johannesburg, South Africa, which has educational facilities for more than 500 students from kindergarten through 8th grade. In July 2007, a media controversy emerged over his statements at the British Open golf tournament about the use of performance enhancing drugs in golf. Subsequently, the PGA Tour introduced a formal policy. In October 2007, further media controversy arose about his involvement in the 2002 design of a golf course in Burma .

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