Gary Player posing nude right in character for golf's most fit senior golfer
Having met Gary Player several times, I can attest to the fact that he’s not shy. His latest endeavor further confirms that.
Player, at 77, will be the oldest athlete of date to be featured in ESPN the Magazine’s body issue. The idea of the photo feature is to show the athletic body as a work of art, much as they must have done in early Greek and Roman statues.
Of course, there are usually props strategically positioned to cover up the unmentionables (or they’re posed in such a way to do the same), so most people can argue that this is done tastefully.
This really is in character for Player, although he tweeted that he hesitated at first when approached by the magazine.
I can remember following him at the Legends of Golf event at the Insperity Championship in The Woodlands, Texas, and watching him entertain the crowd with the pushups on the tee. To this day, the Black Knight, as he’s known, still wears all-white and all-black, much like one of his favorite entertainers, Elvis.
He’s a fitness freak, and at 77, he’s in better shape than most of us who were 30, 40 or 50 years younger. He hopes it will inspire people to eat right and get fit. My guess is that it will do just that for a few. (If my very fit girlfriend sees this, I’ll never hear the end of it.)
“The No. 1 problem in America is obesity,” Player told me a couple of years ago when he opened CostaBaja Resort in Mexico. He has since repeated that a thousand times, I’m sure.
Player will be the seventh golfer to be featured in the magazine, which hits newsstands on July 12. The other six were: Camilo Villegas, Belen Mozo, Suzann Pettersen, Christina Kim, Sandra Gal and Anna Grzebien.
The second oldest athlete, by the way, to pose was 73-year-old swimmer Jeff Farrell in 2010.
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We're awaiting the photo of Player.... it's probably from a floor angle looking up, which is typical for anyone "Down Under".