Gary Player’s Major Victories

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1. The 1959 British Open Player trailed by four shots entering the final round at Muirfield. But a Sunday 68 was good for a two-shot win and his first career major championship.
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2. The 1961 Masters After becoming the first foreign-born player to win the Masters, Player received his green jacket from defending champion Arnold Palmer — who finished one stroke back.
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3. The 1962 PGA Championship Player held off Bob Goalby by one shot at Aronimink for his first PGA Championship.
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4. The 1965 U.S. Open Player hacked this shot out of the rough at Bellerive Country Club, where he defeated Kel Nagle in a playoff for the victory.
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5. The 1968 British Open Player won his second career claret jug at Carnoustie, where he beat Bob Charles and Jack Nicklaus by two shots.
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6. The 1972 PGA Championship Player won at Oakland Hills by two shots over Tommy Aaron and Jim Jamieson.
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7. The 1974 Masters Player beat Dave Stockton and Tom Weiskopf by two shots for his first of two major titles in 1974. It was the only year that Player won multiple majors.
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8. The 1974 British Open Caddie Rabbit Dyer helped Player win his third career Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
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9. The 1978 Masters His final major title was perhaps his most surprising. Player trailed by seven shots entering the final round, but shot a 64 for a one-shot win over Rod Funseth, Hubert Green and Tom Watson.