Dale Hayes pens open letter to Gary Player after lawsuit against son makes headlines

Dale Hayes (Gallo Images)

Dale Hayes (Gallo Footage)

Former tour participant now revered commentator, Dale Hayes, has provided his ideas following Gary Participant’s lawsuit within the path of his son Marc which made headlines lately.

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In an open letter to Participant, now 84, Hayes spoke of attending to ‘cope with adversity that defines you as an individual’ and irrespective of it being a ‘sturdy time for the Participant household’, he was optimistic Participant ‘would come out a winner’.

Worthwhile is what Participant did greatest all by way of his occupation, having captured no fewer than 9 Majors – included the Grand Slam – the one non-American to take movement.

Along with, Participant furthermore gained 15 fully totally different PGA Tour titles together with 19 occasions on the Senior Tour, together with six Senior majors.

Nearer to residence, Participant gained the SA Open a staggering 13 occasions.

He was inducted into golf’s Corridor of Fame in 1974.

Hayes, 67, was no slouch every all by way of his occupation, with 21 professional wins to his set up. He carried out in three Masters (with a greatest end of T19th in 1976) and 11 Open Championships (greatest end of T11th in 1978).

He was the Sunshine Tour Order of Revenue winner contained in the 1972/73 season and clinched the European Tour Order of Revenue title in 1975.

In 1971 Hayes gained the Spanish Open on the age of 18 years and 290 days, turning into the youngest winner in historic earlier on the European Tour, a doc which stood till in 2009.

He partnered Bobby Cole in worthwhile the 1974 World Cup of Golf and likewise has his named etched on the SA Open trophy due to his victory in 1976.

At the moment Hayes is frightened inside the selling and promoting and advertising and public relations facet of the Peter Matkovich & Hayes golf course design company and does public talking – and conducts hilarious golf clinics.

Hayes has been an distinctive ambassador for South African golf all world wide … merely do not ask him to chip!

WATCH | Dale Hayes pranks Sunshine Tour professionals

Dale Hayes’ open letter to Gary Participant:

Expensive Gary

I grew up at Zwartkop Nation Membership in a household of golf professionals, so I began watching you win golf tournaments from a really youthful age.

By the aim I used to be 12 you had gained the Grand Slam of golf. Sadly there was no TV in South Africa as soon as extra then, so we had been in no way capable of observe you win these 165 tournaments, apart from we seen you play hold correct proper right here at residence.

While you first began, my father, Otway, was nonetheless having enjoyable with event golf. Then inside the center sixties, my eldest brother, John, was having enjoyable with and in the end by the seventies, I had the potential for having enjoyable with within the path of you in tournaments all all world wide. To win a event that you just simply carried out in was extra express, since you knew you had been beating thought-about thought-about one in all golf’s all-time greats! The 13 SA Open titles you gained is testimony to that.

Wanting as soon as extra, I really want we’d had TV when you had been having enjoyable together with your greatest golf in order that South Africans would realise merely how good you had been.

Golf has in no way had a greater rivalry that you just simply, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Thirty-four Essential titles between you three, merely think about that …

Your longevity has been nothing in need of excellent. 9 Senior Majors and at 84 you’re nonetheless breaking your age merely, each time you tee it up. Individuals who know you proceed to admire your vitality, positivity and enthusiasm for all cases.

You’ve got bought gotten talked about usually that it’s the way in which wherein you cope with adversity that defines you as an individual. You’ve got bought gotten regularly come as soon as extra stronger than ever, and I’m constructive that the equal will occur now.

It’s maybe a troublesome time on your loved ones members however you’ve regularly been a tight-knit household and I do know you’ll as irregular, come out a winner! I’m pondering of you all.

Largest regards


– Compiled by Garrin Lambley

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