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Gary Player: Winner of 13 SA Opens. Born November 1, 1935 in Johannesburg. Turned professional 1953. He has 162 tournament victories worldwide, including nine major championships. Won the US Masters three times, the British Open three times, the US PGA twice, and the US Open once. Won the Canada Cup in 1965 with Harold Henning, the first time South Africa had triumphed in this event, now known as the World Cup. Won the Australian Open seven times, and the World Match Play Championship five times. He says his biggest thrill in golf is being the third player in history = after Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan = to win all four Grand Slam events (Jack Nicklaus later became the fourth). Has travelled more miles than any athlete in history.




Bobby Locke: Winner of 9 SA Opens. Born November 20, 1917 in Germiston. Turned professional in 1937. Had a brilliant amateur career, winning the SA Open twice, SA Amateur twice, Natal Amateur twice, Transvaal Amateur twice, and Free State Amateur once. Won the SA Open every time he entered between 1935 and 1955. Won the British Open four times, and numerous other titles in both Europe and the United States. Won the Transvaal Open 12 times between 1936 and 1958. Set a world record for 72 holes of 265 in the 1939 Transvaal Open at Glendower, and beat that with a total of 262 in the Thousand Guineas tournament at Kensington in 1954. Won the SA Professional Match Play Championship seven times. Locke was credited with 15 holes-in-one during his life. He died in 1987.


Ernie Els: Winner of 3 SA Opens. Born October 17, 1969 in Johannesburg. Turned pro in 1989. Has won the US Open twice, in 1994 and 1997, becoming the first foreign player since 1910 to win this championship more than once. He triumphed in the World Match Play Championship in three consecutive years, from 1994 to 1996. In 1992, he had a golden summer on the South African tour, winning the SA Open, SA PGA and SA Masters in the space of five weeks. Won the World Cup trophy for South Africa at Erinvale in 1996 partnered by Wayne Westner. Was a member of the the winning South African team at the 1997 Alfred Dunhill Cup.



Sid Brews: Winner of 8 SA Opens. Born May 29, 1899 in Blackheath, London, the son of a golf professional. His three brothers also became professionals. Turned pro in 1914. Also won the Transvaal Open eight times, and the Natal Open four times. He was runner-up in the 1934 British Open, and won the national opens of Belgium, France and Holland. Served Houghton Golf Club for many years as the professional.

 




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