Golf World Comes Together to Wish Gary Player on His 86th Birthday

Published 11/01/2021, 4:33 PM EDT
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS – MAY 04: Golfing legend Gary Player waves as he is introduced during the ‘3M Greats of Golf’ at the Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands Country Club on May 04, 2019 in The Woodlands, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Gary Player has made an enormous contribution to the game of golf. A part of the big three alongside Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, he is credited for popularizing and commercializing the sport. So, on his 86 birthday, we wish him and congratulate him for spending another year doing what he loves most; playing golf.

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Yes! The octogenarian is still active on the course. Not competitively, but one can find him practicing, his swing as beautiful as ever. Moreover, he is still striving to bring about the required change in women’s golf.

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Twitter wishes Gary Player as he turns 86!

During his illustrious career, Player has won 24 times on the PGA Tour, including 9 major titles. Moreover, he has a staggering 160 professional wins to his name. Needless to say, he’s the legend of sport.

November 1st is the day of celebration for the South African and he would have commemorated another milestone in his life if not for an incident that happened earlier in the year. Tragically, his wife Vivienne passed away just a couple of months ago in August, after a battle with cancer.

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Nevertheless, Player has remained optimistic and has continued making appearances. Most recently, the Saudi Golf ambassador showed up for the three-day Aramco Golf Series.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 11: Golf legend Gary Player looks on during the first round of men’s golf on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at the Olympic Golf Course on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Notably, he has an incredible feat to his name. Mr. Black Knight is one of the five, and the only non-American to have won golf’s ‘grand slams’, all the majors.

Twitter united to honor the phenom

Let’s take a look at some of the wishes Player received on his birthday. Golf Digest posted a great throwback video from his previous birthday, an interview with him. In it he had stated, “The Body is an amazing thing. We’re supposed to go to a 100!” Well, now we know that we have 14 more such pieces to write. As he had added, “Funny enough, I don’t feel like I’m 85!”

This absolutely adorable video of Player dancing will just make your day. Rightly said! He’s definitely multi-talented.

And finally, a great post with these iconic throwback pictures of the legend from his younger days-

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With the day still left, more golfers will wish the man on his special day. Let us know who we’ve missed!

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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