Golf legend Gary Player joined the Beyond the Clubhouse podcast and covered a wide range of topics, including the golf course he would play if he had one last round, the secret of his longevity at 86, his legacy, and his opinion on recent rule changes from the USGA.
The South African spoke fondly of St. Andrews, the venue for the 150th Open Championship this summer, and shared a classic moment with Arnold Palmer from a past Open there. At 10.30 p.m., the two superstars casually cast off and soon had 5,000 spectators. The player couldn’t believe how many people and dogs the Scots were walking with so late at night just to watch them play a few holes.
Player spoke passionately about golf ball rolling back and why it is unnecessary for so many golf courses to extend their holes and spend so much money on it, including Augusta National. “Where will it stop?” Player asks.
Player says he likes Jordan Spieth’s chances for a big 2022. He’s one of three or four players who have “it,” says Player and he calls him a genius from 100 yards and in.