Gary Player

South African golfing legend Gary Player has released a statement confirming yet another messy family feud with his son Marc. Photo: AFP

Gary Player in yet ANOTHER messy family feud with son

South African golfing legend Gary Player has released a statement confirming yet another messy family feud with his son Marc.

Gary Player

South African golfing legend Gary Player has released a statement confirming yet another messy family feud with his son Marc. Photo: AFP

South African golfing legend Gary Player released a statement on Monday saying he had taken action to recover trophies and memorabilia that had been put up for auction by his son and former manager Marc Player.

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Gary Player, who is a nine-time major winner and South Africa’s greatest ever sportsman, claimed in a social media post that Marc had placed several items from his career up for auction without his authorisation.

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“I would like to draw the public’s attention to the fact that several trophies and other pieces of memorabilia that form part of my legacy have been put up for auction by my son and ex-manager, Marc,” Gary Player’s statement read.

“These items belong to me and I have taken action to recover them. I have placed no items for sale – whether by auction or otherwise.”

The pair have been at loggerheads for years.

In 2020, Gary Player, who will turn 87 on 1 November this year, received a $5 million settlement fee after entering into an arbitration dispute with the Gary Player Group over ownership and naming rights. 

The Gary Player Group company was operated by Marc Player.

Meanwhile, another of Gary Player’s sons, Wayne, was banned for life from the Masters after a tacky ambush marketing stunt ahead of the 2021 tournament.

As reported by The South African website at the time, Wayne Player, who was serving as his father’s “caddy” for the ceremonial opening tee shots, stood holding a sleeve of golf balls in such a way as to give the logo maximum visibility and exposure.  

Gary Player lost his wife, Vivienne, to pancreatic cancer in August last year after 64 years of marriage.

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Player, along with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, were known as one of golf’s ‘Big 3’ during their heydays.

He is one of his five golfers to have completed the career Grand Slam – that is, winning all four majors at least once – and the only non-American to have done so.

Player has three green jackets from the Masters (1961, 1974, 1978), three Open titles (1959, 1968, 1974), two PGA Championship wins (1962, 1972) and one US Open title in 1965.

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