VIDEO: Gary Player talks about winning an Open Championship

In the modern mind, Gary Player might now be known as that 77-year-old that posed nude in ESPN's Body Issue.

That'd be a travesty, especially during Open Championship week.

The South African is synonymous with the Open, having won three Claret Jugs, including his first while at Muirfield in 1959.

"The Open Championship, to me, is the most important. (The majors) all have their attractions. (The Open) is more than a golf tournament, this one tests ones makeup, ones character. I doubt if anybody appreciated the Open more than I did."

That first title in '59 came with a bit of nerves, overcoming a four-shot deficit in the final round, only to find a bunker off the tee on the 72nd hole, advancing the ball forward, hitting his third shot to 14 feet and then three-putting for a double-bogey, leaving Player with the thought that he had "blown it."

But those coming in behind him couldn't handle the blustery conditions, and Player would watch from the top of the clubhouse as he'd win his first major. He'd add two more Claret Jugs in 1968 and 1974.

"(At the Open) you accept adversity and you do through more adversity in the Open Championship than any tournament that I know of."

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Player wearing a suit in front of the cameras is a departure from recent memory, as we continue to be bombarded with photos of the 77-year-old posing nude for ESPN's Body Issue. In case you missed it, here is the story and photos of that.

Even Masters champ Adam Scott had something to say about the spread, "He's a fit man...I wouldn't know that I'll be going out of my way to check him out though."

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