'Young people should play golf'

Gary Player says it’s crucial for young people to look after their bodies.

Gary Player. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Veteran golfer Gary Player says young people should choose a sport where they can have longevity.

Player told Sports Talk that young people should take up golf because it enables them to travel around the world and get them a job.

"Golf is a passport to the world and it enables you to meet people."

Player said it's crucial for young people to look after their bodies.

"I'm trying to set an example to young people to stay in shape. They need to stay away from obesity, diabetes and heart attacks. We have to educate them on how to eat properly and exercise. I'm 78-years-old, but I still play golf."

The Gary Player Invitational took place this weekend at Sun City and saw professional golfers like Anthony Leeming, Herschelle Gibbs, winner Mike Dladla, and Retief Goosen taking part.

"Before I end my career I would like to raise R1 billion for those who are less fortunate, and if we can get the government to end crime, we'd have the strongest economy in the world."

Player also commented on former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and said, "He's one of my sporting heroes as he's played a remarkable 24 years of test cricket."