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1997 : Gary Player

1997 Memorial Tournament Honoree

With 162 tournament victories around the world, including nine majors, the great South African champion is indisputably the most successful international golfer of all time. From 1958 to 1978, Player won nine professional majors. In every season from 1955 to 1982, he won at least one sanctioned international professional tournament, a remarkable 27-year victory streak that is 10 years longer than anyone else has achieved.

Player won the British Open three times in an unprecedented three different decades, the Australian Open seven times, the World Match-Play five times, and the South African Open 13 times.  He is the only golfer to break 60 in a national championship, with a 59 in the 1974 Brazilian Open. A member of the “Big Three,” consisting of himself, Jack
Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, Player’s finest year was 1974, when he won both the Masters and the British Open.