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Gary Player urges SA golfers to rekindle their passion

He was speaking at the launch of the Gary Player Invitational, which takes place at Sun City later this year.

Gary Player. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African golf legend and nine-time major champion Gary Player says South African golfers have what it takes to dominate the sport and need to start acting on that potential, but believes they've lost their passion.

Player was speaking at the launch of the Gary Player Invitational, which takes place later this year in Sun City.

He believes South African players, such as Brandon Grace, Haydn Porteous and Louis Oosthuizen have all the skill on the course, but lack the drive for the game.

The last South African to win a major tournament was Ernie Els, who walked away with the Open Championship in 2012 and since then, its been the likes of Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickleson and Jordan Spieth who've been on top of the game.

The 'Black Knight' says the true mark of a great golfer is how many championships he has under his belt and not how much potential he has.

"Don't tell me about a beautiful swing, or how easy he swings, or how far he hits it…tell me what he's won, tell me the bottom line. In business, the only thing that matters is not how possibly well you'll do, it's what the bottom line is"

The Gary Player Invitational gets underway from 24 to 27 November 2016 at The Lost City Golf Course and The Palace Hotel.

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