Legends Unite At Berenberg Gary Player Invitational

Eight Ryder Cup stars, six Major winners and 22 PGA Tour, European Tour and Ladies European Tour professionals are confirmed for the day at Wentworth

Berenberg Gary Player Invitational

Eight Ryder Cup stars, six Major winners and 22 PGA Tour, European Tour and Ladies European Tour professionals are confirmed for the day at Wentworth

Legends Unite At Berenberg Gary Player Invitational

Nine-time Major winner Gary Player will have the company of some of golf’s most recognised names and faces when the Berenberg Gary Player Invitational takes place at Wentworth Club on 22nd July.

Supporting underprivileged children and communities globally, the series has helped The Player Foundation raise more than $64 million, impacting countless lives worldwide.

Amongst a total field of 72 professional golfers and business leaders to take on Wentworth’s Player-designed Edinburgh Course will be eight Ryder Cup stars, six Major winners and 22 PGA Tour, European Tour and Ladies European Tour professionals, setting the stage for an occasion to remember.

2014 Ryder Cup Captain and eight-time Major winner Tom Watson and his world-renowned compatriots Mark O’Meara, Fred Couples and Tom Lehman will make up the US contingent, with Ian Woosnam, Thomas Bjorn, Sam Torrance and Colin Montgomerie headlining the European side of the field.

They’ll be joined by Player’s fellow citizen Richard Sterne, a six-time winner on the European Tour; 2017 Turkish Airlines Challenge victor, Ryan Evans; Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, a winner of five European Tour titles; Spaniard, Alvaro Quiros, seven-time European Tour winner; and Lee Slattery, whose most recent title came at the M2M Russian Open in 2015.

Wentworth Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Course at Wentworth

Among the Ladies European Tour professionals confirmed are 2018 Rookie of the Year, Julia Engstrom, 2014 Ladies Slovak Open winner, Camilla Lennarth, 2013 LET Q School winner Caroline Martens, Germany’s Olivia Cowan, currently 10th on the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit and recent LET winner, Annabel Dimmock. Also joining the female line-up are Ladies European Tour professionals Lauren Taylor, Joanna Klatten, Sarah Kemp, Amy Boulden, Inci Mehmet and Sophie Lamb.

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The Berenberg Gary Player Invitational at Wentworth marks the only European stop on the series’ global calendar with annual events also being staged in the Abu Dhabi, London, New York, Hong Kong and in the tournament host and Grand Slam champion’s home nation of South Africa at Sun City. The money raised at all events plays a major role in helping The Player Foundation work towards its quest of raising $100 million by 2025.

Each team will consist of two amateur guests competing alongside one female and one male professional, combining golf lovers from the worlds of sport, business and society for a glamorous and fun-filled affair. The event will also see a number of representatives from event sponsors tee it up, including those from presenting sponsor Berenberg.

“Some of the strongest memories I have from throughout my career in golf have occurred in the United Kingdom, so I am thrilled to be returning to Wentworth, a venue of which I am most fond and familiar, said Gary Player.

“Our goal is to help improve the lives of as many people globally as we possibly can, and it makes me proud to be able to announce another stellar field, including some of the biggest stars in golf. It’s going to be another occasion to remember.”

Hendrik Riehmer, Managing Partner of Berenberg, the second oldest bank in the world, commented: “We’re delighted to continue our sponsorship of this great event, supporting those less fortunate and helping to make a positive difference to young lives in the UK.”

“It’s an honour to work alongside Gary Player to make this event happen, a man who is committed to helping improve the lives of countless people around the world”, David Mortlock, Head of Berenberg’s Investment Banking added.

Marc Player, CEO of Black Knight International and founder of the series, added: “Since launching the Gary Player Invitational in 1999 we have been able to benefit hundreds of organisations and grant funds to charities locally where the GPIs are staged. I’d like to thank all of our guests and sponsors in advance for their participation and look forward to our event at Wentworth in July.”

Tom Watson, a fellow World Golf Hall of Fame Member, said: “Gary Player’s dedication to raising funds for worthy causes around the globe has been nothing short of remarkable and I am delighted to help his continued efforts at the Berenberg Gary Player Invitational at Wentworth Club in July.”

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x