July 18, 2010
"I had a necktie which was my belt by day and tie at night."
Posted by Gordon Smith

Gary Player describing his first trip to The Open Championship:

I go to a hotel and I can't get a room. Forty or 50 pounds. I had 200 pounds in my pocket. That was my world earnings. My total assets. I went and slept on the beach the first night. It was just like tonight. I put my waterproofs on and my sweater and I slept on the beach.

You don't think of golfers as poor, but some of them started that way, including Louis Oosthuizen, another South African who now knows the thrill of winning The Open.

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