Blasts from the past: Player’s amazing Augusta comeback
Today in SA sports history: April 9
1978 — Gary Player, at the age of 42, stages a spectacular comeback to win his third US Masters crown. Seven shots behind third-round leader Hubert Green, Player fired an eight-under-par 64 to clinch a one-stroke victory. He is on fire on the back nine, carding 30 as he nails a series of tricky putts, including one of more than four metres on the 18th for birdie. Player, with an 11-under-par 278, had to wait for the groups behind him to finish, but in the end he was one shot better than US Open champion Green, defending champion Tom Watson and Rod Funseth. Player pocketed $45,000 for this triumph, the last of his nine major titles.
2000 — Stand-in skipper Shaun Bartlett and Jabu Pule score as a second-string Bafana Bafana beat Lesotho 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Maseru.
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