RARE PICTURE: Gary Player Shares a 60-Year-Old Memory with Arnold Palmer

Published 10/23/2021, 9:06 AM EDT
AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 07: Gary Player of South Africa hits a shot during the Par 3 Contest prior to the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2010 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)


Gary Player, the legendary South African golfer, is considered one of the greatest of all time. He has won nine major championships on the PGA Tour and nine on the Champions Tour. He turned professional in 1953 and has 24 PGA Tour wins in his career. Moreover, he was part of the legendary golf trio ‘Big three,’ along with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

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Even though they were playing against each other most of the time, they still had a great friendship, off the course. And recently, Gary Player posted a picture on his Twitter account and shared an incredible memory with Arnold Palmer. 

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Gary Player shares an incredible memory with Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer was senior to both Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. But still, he respected both and had a great rapport with these two golfers. Hence, even after so many years, both Gary and Jack always remember him. And Gary Player recently shared a tweet where he is seen walking with Arnold Palmer at St. Andrews in the 1961 Open Championship. 

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The tweet read, “From the archives: St. Andrews with the King in 1961. This was the year that Arnie captured his first Open Championship 60 years ago, but still fresh in my mind.” 

Sadly, however, Gary Player did not have a good Open Championship that year. But he shared this rare picture of him walking with the legendary Arnold Palmer as they were paired together in the first round.

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This was Palmer’s first Open Championship victory, which came on the iconic St. Andrews as well. This legendary golfer won 62 PGA Tours in his career and is currently 5th in the all-time rankings. Along with this, he even has seven major championships, which is the least among the ‘Big three.’

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Furthermore, the ‘Big three,’ Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player, are said to have popularized this sport across the globe in the 1960s. They’re even credited for the rise of televised golf as their storied rivalry drew audiences. In the current generation, Tiger Woods has had a similar effect and has almost single-handedly commercialized this sport. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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