World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum Opens “Gary Player: Grand Slam Success” Exhibition
New exhibit offers glimpse inside Player’s personal life and features artifacts from playing career including Green Jacket from Masters and other Major Championships Trophies.
The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, located at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, recently announced the opening of “Gary Player: Grand Slam Success” exhibition – a display dedicated to the prolific career and achievements of one of the best players who ever lived.
Player, a true golf legend affectionately known as “The Black Knight,” amassed 165 global wins over a remarkable period of five decades occurring in 21 countries on six continents. The pinnacle of his revered playing career came with a victory at the 1965 United States Open when he clinched the career Grand Slam – a feat, at the time, only achieved by fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan. Since that time, only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have won all four Major championships in their careers.
“Gary has played such an integral role in globalizing the game of golf and the values he represents are what makes the Hall of Fame so proud to be able to call him our Global Ambassador,” said Jack Peter, Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame. “We are thrilled to be able to open this exhibition which celebrates not only Gary’s tremendous successes on the course, but also shares with guests the impact he has had off the course too, through his commitment to education, family, charity and fitness.”
Located on the second floor of the museum, The Gary Player exhibition features many of Player’s major championship trophies, along with his Green Jacket from the Masters Tournament and many other items from his illustrious career. Additionally, the gallery will share the story of Player’s global adventures, the important role his family played in his career, and his life-long commitment to fitness.
Player, inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, was on-hand for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. As he methodically walked through the room and surveyed his accomplishments and trophies, Player is quick to remind us that golf today is not like it once was.
“There is nothing in (the exhibit) that explains how many miles I traveled,” Player said. “I am the most traveled golfer in the world and I can assure you I was not flying privately and being picked up by a car service at the airport. I flew commercially with my family and we did not have disposable diapers.”
From the upkeep of the golf courses to the advances in equipment, Player’s insight challenges the mind to think what Jack, Arnie or Player himself may have accomplished in today’s era.
The exhibition will be on display through 2015. For more information, including photos, about the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum and “Gary Player: Grand Slam Success” exhibit,” visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.