South Africa’s Gary Player has won a whopping $5-million (R82,884,500) legal dispute against his own son, Marc Player.
Documents from the Palm Beach County Circuit Court in South Florida, a second home to Player, states the nine-time Major winner was owed the big amount from the Gary Player Group for the use of his trademark nickname, ‘Black Knight’, as part of his business ventures.
These include his multiple golf course designs, some apparel ranges and the selling of wine, all under this name.
The Gary Player Group is operated by his son, Marc, with court documents indicating a settlement was reached between the two parties early in May and legally signed off on Monday.
‘Based on the lawful termination of that Agreement, and this stipulation, all such Ownership Rights as definite in the 2013 Agreement revert back to Player’s sole and exclusive ownership, so that GPG no longer has any right to use the Player name, likeness, image, or any of the other Ownership Rights as defined in the 2013 Agreement,’ read the document.
The money owed to Gary Player is believed to be from a period between 2014 and 2018 when the group made significant profits, while using ‘Black Knight’ as a slogan.
The 84-year-old Player was the first non-American golfer to win all four Major championships and accounted for a total of 24 PGA Tour titles. In 1974 he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.