Gary Player will be in 'Body Issue' magazine

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Gary Player: The ex-Masters champ is among the athletes featured in  the 'Body Issue.'   Rodrigo Pena
Rodrigo Pena
Gary Player: The ex-Masters champ is among the athletes featured in the 'Body Issue.'

Gary Player, the three-time Masters Tournament champion, will become the oldest athlete featured in ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue,” which comes out July 12.

Player, who won nine major championships, is 77 years old.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and Olympic volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings – during and after her pregnancy – are among the other athletes in the issue.

They will be joined by Kaepernick’s 49ers teammate, tight end Vernon Davis; John Wall and Kenneth Faried from the NBA; Matt Harvey and Giancarlo Stanton from Major League Baseball; tennis stars Agnieszka Radwanska and John Isner; and soccer player Sydney Leroux.

ESPN The Magazine editor in chief Chad Millman says the athletes are “proud of the work they put into being strong and powerful and we’re proud that they trust us to capture that.”

HOLDING OFF: The PGA of America is holding its annual meeting this week at Sunriver Resort in Oregon, and among the topics was the decision to adopt Rule 14-1b to prohibit anchoring the club during a stroke, a rule aimed at the long putter.

PGA president Ted Bishop has been outspoken against the rule.

In this case, however, the PGA wants to see how the PGA Tour will respond. The tour’s next board meeting is Monday at The Greenbrier.

“As we have seen over the past few months, the Rules of Golf can affect recreational golf in addition to play at the elite level,” Bishop said in a statement. “The PGA of America will continue to confer with the PGA Tour on the subject of Rule 14-1b.”

He said the PGA of America will reserve any public comment until after the tour’s policy board meeting.

NEW ADDITION: It began in 1981 as an exhibition called the “Million Dollar Challenge” back when $1 million meant something.

Now, the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa will become part of the European Tour schedule for the 2013-14 season.

It will be played Dec. 5-8 at the Gary Player Country Club, and the field will increase to 30 players.

The winner will get $1.25 million.

The leading 10 players from the top 30 on the Race to Dubai and the FedEx Cup will be eligible, along with the winners of the Asian Tour, Japan Golf Tour and Australasian Tour money lists.

Players also can qualify through the South African Open and Alfred Dunhill Championship in the weeks before the Nedbank.

DIVOTS: Jaime Diaz, the editor-in-chief at Golf World magazine, has been selected as the Memorial Golf Journalism honoree for 2014. ... Ken Duke’s win last week moved him to No. 20 in the FedEx Cup standings. After The Greenbrier Classic, the leading five players from the top 20 in the FedEx Cup are exempt to the British Open. Duke currently is sixth on the list behind Billy Horschel, Boo Weekley, Charles Howell, Russell Henley and Harris English. ... The Humana Challenge is changing its format to allow top amateurs to play on Sunday. Six top amateurs (top three low gross and low net) will be paired with two professionals and start on the back nine. The amateurs will not be partners with the pros. They will play individual stroke play from forward tees.


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