Legendary SA golfer Gary Player won US Open 53 years ago today

Legendary SA golfer Gary Player won US Open 53 years ago today

- Gary Player won the US Open on this day in 1965

- He became the first non-US player to win the title since the 1920s

- It was his fourth of nine major titles

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On this day 53 years ago, legendary South African golfer Gary Player famously won the US Open title.

In the process, he became the first non-US player to win the title since the 1920s, Briefly.co.za learned.

It was Gary's fourth of nine major titles, according to Huffington Post. The tournament was held at the Bellerive Country Club in Missouri from 17-21 June, 1965.

Legendary SA golfer Gary Player reacts after winning the US Open in 1965. Source: Garyplayer.com

Legendary SA golfer Gary Player reacts after winning the US Open in 1965. Source: Garyplayer.com

In addition to winning nine major tournaments on the Regular Tour, Gary has also won nine major tournaments on the Senior Tour.

According to garyplayer.com, he's also the only play to win the career Grand Slam on both Tours.

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Legendary SA golfer Gary Player. Source: Twitter/Gary Player

Legendary SA golfer Gary Player. Source: Twitter/Gary Player

Gary Player is involved in philanthropy through his foundation, The Player Foundation. It focuses on alleviating poverty around the world.

He also runs the Gary Player Invitational, which is the world’s leading charity golf series. It has helped The Player Foundation raise over $64million for poor children.

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Briefly.co.za reported recently that Gary is the only South African US President Donald Trump follows on Twitter.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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