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Player to make final Augusta bow

Gary Player in action at Augusta
Player has won nine majors in his distinguished career

Three-time champion Gary Player says he will play his 52nd and final Masters tournament this week.

The 73-year-old South African won the coveted Green Jacket in 1961, 1974 and 1978, but will now retire from all four of golf's major tournaments.

"This will be my last major championship that I will ever play on the regular tour," said Player. "I've enjoyed it so much."

However, Player said he will still participate on the seniors tour.

Despite carding a second-round 78 in last year's tournament, nine-time major winner Player said the course was becoming too demanding for him.

"I'm exercising profusely, but it's very difficult at 73 to build strength," he said.


"The golf course is so long. It is just so long. I mean, I'm hitting a wood to almost every single hole.

"It's just too long for me. I cannot get around. I've managed to break 80 the last two years, but it's getting to a stage now where I don't know whether I can do that out here, it's so long and I'm getting weaker."

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