7 Apr 2009

Player to play Masters for the last time

12:21 pm on 7 April 2009

South African golfing legend Gary Player says this week's US Masters, his record 52nd appearance at the year's opening grand slam event, will be his last.

The 73-year-old, a three-times winner of the Green Jacket, says his 2009 tour of Augusta National Golf Club will mark his last appearance at a regular major championship.

Player, a winner of nine majors on the regular tour and nine more on the senior tour, says he's getting too old.

Player, whose 1961 triumph at Augusta marked the first Masters victory by an international player, says the course, now playing at 7,435 yards, is getting too long for him.

Player, who also won in Augusta in 1974 and 1978, has won each of the four major championships for a career grand slam.