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Gary Player set to be South Africa Olympic golf team captain

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Andrew Redington

Nine-time major winner Gary Player said he will be South Africa’s golf team captain for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

“To be nominated as a captain of our team and the Olympics ia a great honor,” Player said on South Africa’s SABC News.

Golf is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 next year. A maximum of four South African men and women can make the Olympic golf fields (if they’re ranked in the world top 15), but it’s likely there will be two men and two women.

The fields are based on the world rankings in July 2016. The top South African men in the current rankings are Louis Oosthuizen (No. 13), Branden Grace (No. 28), Charl Schwartzel (No. 43) and George Coetzee (No. 68).

Four-time major champion Ernie Els, who is 45 years old, is ranked No. 120.

The top South African women are Lee-Anne Pace (No. 53) and Paula Reto (No. 172).

Player, 79, famously captained the International Presidents Cup team to a tie with the U.S. in 2003 and remained captain in 2005 and 2007. He was beaten out by Gil Hanse in 2012 to be the architect of the Rio Olympic golf course.

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