Nov 20th, 2015
Gary Player Wins
His own event at 80!
Words: The Brigadier Photography: Getty Images
Gary Player put another win under his belt when he won the Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola for the second consecutive time at the Lost City Golf Club on Sunday.
Player led his team of Irish singer Ronan Keating and businessmen Dr Hans Walter-Peters and Sello Moloko to an overwhelming 11-stroke victory on 36 under par. And the Grand Slam champion also won the individual competition by six shots. Not bad for an eighty year old!
The team of Ladies European Tour player Danielle Montgomery, cricketer Mark Boucher and businessmen JP Cuvelier and Hal Dyball took second place on 25 under par.
2015 has been a memorable year for Player. He celebrated the 50th anniversary of his career Grand Slam, his 80th birthday, and being named captain of South Africa’s golf team for the Olympics.
"We had a wonderful team out there. I gave Ronan a few lessons during the round and changed his swing significantly, and I don't think I've seen anybody improve their golf so much in five holes. Hans played the best game of golf I've seen him play, and Sello is such a strong man and he was knocking them on the green on the par fives. So we combined really well," said Player.
Keating was overjoyed to have won his first Gary Player Invitational trophy.
"Unbelievable. A first-time victory for me, but even more special is that I got to play with Gary Player for two days. I had the time of my life. It's a bonus to win. I played well and Gary helped me so much. I can't wait to get back onto the golf course and see if it's for real.
"And The Player Foundation has done so well with the amount of money raised. I'm very proud to be a part of it and I hope I can be back here next year."
FINAL SCORES IN THE GARY PLAYER INVITATIONAL PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA
-36 Gary Player, Ronan Keating, Sello Moloko, Dr Hans Walter-Peters
-25 Danielle Montgomery, Mark Boucher, JP Cuvelier, Hal Dyball
-22 Carly Booth, Roland Schoeman, Gideon du Plessis, Robby Wray
-22 Richard Sterne, Thomas Msengana, Stephanie Zinser, Steve Elford
-21 Thomas Levet, Brian McFadden, Daniel Gavagnin, Per Classon
-20 Emma Cabrera-Bello, Graeme Smith, Chuck Colton, Dave Woolam
-13 Jean van de Velde, Johnathan Joseph, Reon Barnard, Stuart McKenzie
-9 Wayne Player, Aaron Mokoena, Robert Lilja, Karl Svensson
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