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Golf Digest Podcast: Gary Player talks all things Masters, discussing his six decades at Augusta and who he likes winning this year


For many casual golf fans, Gary Player likely ranks fourth among players in history most commonly associated with the Masters, behind Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. It’s a hard triumvirate to crack, but when you consider Player’s career stats at Augusta National you start to wonder whether the South African who turned 80 last November deserves a little more love.

Consider the Masters history that the former three-time champion has made since making his debut in the event in 1957:

It’s not surprising then that Player professes in admiration for Augusta National in this week’s Golf Digest Podcast while explaining the secret to his success. He also discusses her near misses, what it’s going to be like without Arnold Palmer joining him and Nicklaus as an honorary starter, and who he thinks has the best shot at winning next week.