Gary Player in fight to retrieve auction-listed trophies

Gary Player

Gary Player has revealed that he is attempting to have trophies won by him, currently listed for sale on a golf auction website, returned to him.

US memorabilia site Golden Age Golf Auctions is listing eight trophies won by the South African legend, including originals and certified replicas, which auctioneers are calling “the most important golf trophies to ever hit the auction block”.

The eight auction lots include trophies from all four major championships, as well as four senior major championship trophies.

• WATCH: Pro hits 439-yard bomb at Joburg Open

• Bryson set himself up to fail, says Lowry

• Is golf banned under Level 4 in Scotland?

The standout item is the original Masters Tournament trophy won by Player following his victory at Augusta National in 1978 – his third and final Masters win. At the time of publishing, it had attracted a top bid of $89,550.

There is also a scale model of his 1974 Open Championship Claret Jug, a scale model of his 1965 US Open Championship trophy, and an official large scale trophy from his 1972 PGA Championship win.



“To put this in perspective, in the entire history of sports memorabilia auctions (ours and all others), not only have these trophies never been offered at the same time, many of these trophies have never been offered for sale at all,” said a Golden Age Golf spokesperson.

“Outside the homes of Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods, it’s hard to imagine a more complete collection of major trophies ever being assembled together again.”

• Club donates remaining funds as it closes

• WATCH - Carly Booth stars in Paddy Power ad

It is not clear how Golden Age Golf Auctions came to be in possession of the trophies. However, it appears the auction is happening without the blessing of Player. In a statement posted on social media, the 85-year-old wrote: “I have been made aware of the online auction of replica trophies of certain golf tournaments that I have won.

“These trophies have been put up for auction without my permission and I am in the process of taking the necessary action to have them returned to me.”

The auction is currently listed to end on November 28.

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
2022 Driver Test | Which one is going in my bag?
play button
The most powerful PING irons ever? | PING i525 review
play button
I'll be using the Vokey SM9 wedges... and you should too
play button
The driver that has it all? | COBRA LTDx drivers REVIEWED!
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Greg Norman: World ranking “severely compromised” without LIV
Rory McIlroy: Tour stars "in agreement" after Tiger Woods meeting
Will Zalatoris reveals reaction to nearly hitting THAT shot
Lawyer explains why Patrick Reed won’t win $750m defamation case
New report reveals true state of UK golf participation

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
A more upright posture for more consistency
play button
How to keep your swing on plane
play button
How to improve your strike with Peter Barber
play button
Don’t shift your weight off the ball
See all videos right arrow