Gary Player is the biggest unofficial ambassador for golf and he never gets tired of it. Most recently, he was speaking at the Aramco Team Series event which is underway in Glen Oaks Club.
Run by the Ladies European Tour and backed by Saudi Aramco, most of the top women professional golfers will be in action at this event. And as an ambassador for Saudi golf, Player is present at the event, supporting the events initiative of promoting women’s golf.
Recently Player, gave his opinions on everything; from the progress in women’s golf to weight training to 500-yard drives in the future. However, he also spoke about winning majors in tennis and golf and compared the difficulty of the two. Let’s see what he said-
Gary Player believes golf is a ‘tough game’
The 9-time major champion explained the discussions his wife and he used to have regarding tennis and golf. “My wife and I always used to have big debates, which is the tougher sport to win a major — golf or tennis?” he says. “You play tennis, you’ve got to win seven matches. If [Jack] Nicklaus only had to win seven matches, he’d have over 100 majors.”
AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 05: Gary Player of South Africa and Jack Nicklaus of the United States take part in the opening tee ceremony for the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
The 85-year-old further clarified his point. He said, “Think about it — they play you against him, same conditions. In golf, you tee off in the morning and it’s raining, shoot 74 and it’s the round of your life. The afternoon, the sun comes out and someone shoots 68 playing just as well.”
“You’ve got 156 guys competing, and no one plays under the same conditions, even if it’s perfect weather. Golf is such a tough game.”
BRISTOL, VA – JUNE 8: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player at The Big Three fund-raiser for the Mountain Mission Kids (expected to be the biggest one-day charitable event in golf history) at the Olde Farm Golf Club on June 8, 2010 in Bristol, Virginia. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
What do you think of Player’s thoughts on winning golf majors? Is it really as tough as he makes it to be?
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