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Blast from the past: Player grinds his way to second US Masters title

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Today in SA sports history: April 14

1974 — Gary Player wins the second US Masters crown of his career, 13 years after he had landed his first. The South African, one shot off the third-round lead, shoots a final-round 70 to end on 10-under-par 278, two strokes clear of Dave Stockton and Tom Weiskopf. The winner’s cheque was $35,000 (R511,000).

1979 — Nkosana “Happy Boy” Mgxaji challenges for the world title, taking on Samuel Serrano of Puerto Rico for the WBA junior-lightweight title at the Goodwood showgrounds in Cape Town. Mgxaji, from East London, has the satisfaction of putting the champion down in the fifth round, but he visits the canvas three rounds later and the referee waves it over in the eighth...

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