Bobby Locke, a South African Golfer - www.classicencounters.comWho passed away in 1967, is still recognized as one of the top putters ever to play the game. He coined one of the game's famous one-liners: ‘You drive for show but putt for dough.' He laid the foundation for South African golf from which Gary Player and Ernie Els would later benefit. In recognition of his achievements the R&A awarded him honorary membership in 1976. South Africa can be proud of him.
The Famous South African Golfer, Gary Player - www.classicencounters.com

The world's golfing ambassador, is also a top golf course designer in SA. At the age of 67, Gary Player is still active in seniors' golf, and hasn't written off his chances of adding another title to his amazing record. With 163 international tournament wins, Player is 63 wins ahead of Jack Nicklaus - the man whom many consider to be the greatest golfer of all time.


Ernie Els, a South African Golfer - www.classicencounters.comAlso known as the ‘Big Easy', is the best- known South African golfer on the PGA circuit, number two golfer in the world and one of four South Africans to have won a major championship. The Big Easy has won the US Open twice, in 1994 and 1997, and that won't be the end of his success in major championships. Els remains one of the world's elite players.


Retief Goosen, a South African Golfer - www.classicencounters.comMost South African-based golf experts, to their credit, knew that Retief Goosen was a big thing waiting to happen before he proved them right in 2001. ‘The Goose' claimed his first major victory in 2001 when he won the US Open, often referred to as the most difficult major to win, with a steady display that included numerous fantastic saves on a difficult Southern Hills golf course.