Legend Gary Player Marks Another Milestone

What a legend!

On Tuesday evening of The Masters week, Augusta National Golf Club hosted the annual Champions Dinner.

Defending champion Jon Rahm welcomed 34 former winners as they indulged in Spanish food selected for his menu.

Senior stateman Gary Player is front row bottom left (Pic – Gary Player X)

The 1961, 1974 and 1978 Masters winner, Gary Playerposted on social media about the evening.

“Tonight, we celebrated Jon Rahm’s outstanding accomplishment last year and also remember our friend Jackie Burke Jr. Hard to believe I am now this table’s elder statesman until my time is up. Will cherish every moment,” Player wrote.

He is the oldest returning champion at 88 years old since Jackie Burke Jr. passed away in January.

The South African has also been part of the honorary starters with Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson since 2012.

Player posted a video walking down Magnolia Lane as he began his 67th week in Augusta.

He ranked The Masters as the fourth-best major last year.

“The Masters falls fourth because it’s not meant to be ahead of those others,” Player said. “The Masters Tournament is not a championship. You can’t rank a tournament ahead of championships.”

Semantics aside, The Masters is obviously a prestigious event and Gary Player is honoured to be in his current position.

Ed by Savannah Leigh Richardson, a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. For more golf coverage, be sure to follow @_PlayingThrough on all major social platforms. You can also follow her on Twitter @SportsGirlSL and Instagram @savannah_leigh_sports.

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