Player to play at Open
PERTH, Australia, - South African golfing
legend Gary Player, one of only four men to achieve the golden Grand Slam of
winning all four major championships, has decided he will play on in the Open
Player, 63, in Perth to play in a Seniors
Challenge event which precedes this week's Heineken Classic, changed his mind
over his farewell Open after realising the age-limit had been altered to allow
65 year-olds to compete.
The rule was modified to enable Arnold
Palmer to continue taking part in the British major .
It will be poignant for Player to end
his Open career in 2001 because the venue then will be Royal Lytham and St Anne's,
scene of his third and last victory in that tournament in 1974.
"I had the year 2000 down for
my last Open Championship but then I realised that under the exemption change
which they brought in for Arnold, that I've got one more to go," said Player.
"I think I hold the record for
successive Opens because I've been playing since 1955, and this will extend it
by one more."
Another former Open champion, Lee Trevino,
and Australian senior Graham Marsh, designer of the Vines course where the tournament
is being played, are pitted against Player.
"I like the idea of the old ones
getting together like this," added Player after being told the seniors event
would boost the gallery at the Vines for the Heineken Classic.
"Perhaps we could have a curtain-raiser
to the 2000 Open with all the past winners who are still alive, playing nine
"That would be a great thing to
celebrate the millenium."