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Blast from the past: Player masters Augusta to collect second ...


Blast from the past: Player masters Augusta to collect second green jacket

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1974 — Gary Player wins his second US Masters crown, 13 years after he had landed his first. The South African, one shot off the third-round lead at Augusta National, 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 (R506,692).

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.

1996 — SA trounce India by 80 runs in a triangular ODI match in Sharjah, UAE. Gary Kirsten scored 106 and Hansie Cronje 90 as SA put on 288/6. The Indians were restricted to 208/8 in their 50 overs, with Sanjay Manjrekar making 53. Shaun Pollock took 3/42...

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