Wentworth Club, home of the BMW PGA Championship, has signed nine-time Major champion Gary Player as an ambassador for the iconic Surrey venue.
South African-born Player is the most successful international golfer of all time, with 163 professional wins, including nine majors, nine senior majors and the only golfer in history to win the career Grand Slam on both Tours.
Player, who is now 84, and lives in Florida and South Africa, said: “I am delighted to be representing Wentworth, a club that I have a longstanding relationship with. I first arrived at Wentworth in 1955 and it is a place that holds a special place in both mine and my wife’s heart. Of particular fondness are the memories of the Wentworth Matchplay of which I was able to win five. I consider these wins to be some of the finest of my career.
“Furthermore, I have always had a close relationship with the members and I look forward to seeing them all soon. The courses are always in immaculate condition and the club continues to try find ways to improve and is consequently a brand that I am very proud to be associated with.”
Neil Coulson, General Manager at Wentworth Club, said: “We are delighted to announce Gary Player as our new ambassador at Wentworth Club. Gary’s relationship with the club has now spanned more than 60 years. During his playing career, he was a regular visitor to Wentworth treating the golfing world to many special moments including his five Matchplay victories.
“In recent years, Gary’s visits have provided some wonderful opportunities for our members to listen to stories and learn from the great man. A true golfing legend, we are honoured to extend our relationship further and are excited by the opportunities this will provide our members.”