Gary Player

South Africa’s Gary Player rolled back the clock to produce another moment of magic at Augusta National on Wednesday. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images/ AFP

RIP | Gary Player’s wife loses brave battle with cancer

Vivienne Player, the wife of South Africa’s greatest ever sportsman, Gary Player, has died after a lengthy battle against pancreatic cancer.

Gary Player

South Africa’s Gary Player rolled back the clock to produce another moment of magic at Augusta National on Wednesday. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images/ AFP

Vivienne Player, the wife of South Africa’s greatest ever sportsman, Gary Player, has died after a lengthy battle against pancreatic cancer.

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Gary Player married Vivienne Verwey (sister of former South African professional golfer Bobby Verwey) on 19 January 1957, four years after turning professional.

The couple, were married for 64 years, have six children: Jennifer, Marc, Wayne, Michele, Theresa and Amanda.

They also have 22 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Gary Player, who won nine Majors on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, will turn 86 on 1 November.

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“It is with a heavy heart that we learned that one of golf’s biggest patrons, Vivienne Player, lost her long and brave battle with cancer. Our sincere condolences goes out to her husband Gary, their children and grandchildren, family and friends,” GolfRSA wrote on Twitter.