Gary Player – Profile

Gary Player

Full Name: Gary James Player

Nickname: The Black Knight, Man in Black, Mr. Fitness

Born: November 1st, 1935

Place of Birth: Johannesburg, South Africa

Sporting Nationality: South Africa 🇿🇦

Who is Gary Player?

Gary Player is a South African former Professional Golfer, regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time. A nine time major champion, Player is one of only five players ever to win the Career Grand Slam.

Gary Player "The Black Knight"

In 1974, Player was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

On 7 January 2021, along with Annika Sörenstam, Player received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump. The Presidential Medal of Freedom, along with the Congressional Gold Medal, is the highest civilian award of the United States. The award recognises “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or significant public or private endeavours”.

Why is Gary Player Nicknamed The Black Knight?

Gary Player is known as “The Black Knight” or the “Man in Black” due to his passion for wearing all black clothes when playing golf and his passion for going into battle on the golf course. As a youngster Player’s father encouraged him to have a trademark so that he could develop a brand for his career. Player decided his trademark would be wearing all black and now uses The Black Knight name and logo (pictured above) as his brand.

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Last Updated on 28/02/2023 by Rob Davies

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Rob is the founder and creator of Stripey Green TV. Having played the game for more than 25 years, he has shared a lot of similar experiences to the readers of SGTV, made plenty of mistakes, and picked up a LOT of hints and tips along the way. It was Rob's desire to share his golf experiences that were the primary reason for starting the SGTV website. He is passionate about helping fellow amateur golfers to NOT make mistakes, whether it be in their play, the equipment they purchase, or the golf that they watch.

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