Player wins $5 m suit against son, gets back rights to name and likeness

Gary Player, the legend with the nickname Black Knight, is said to have won a $5 million legal dispute against his son. The 84-year-old ‘Career Clam’ winner was said to have been a dispute over payment of royalties for a five-year period (2014-18) from the Gary Player Group.

Player despite his age follows a punishing schedule of travel on his plane, and is still active in businesses ranging from wine, golf-course design, apparel and a lot else. His often uses his nickname “Black Knight” with these businesses.

Golf news outlet Golf Digestsaid that documents from the Palm Beach County Circuit Court, showed that Player was owed unpaid royalties from a five-year period (2014-2018) from the Gary Player Group, which is run by Marc Player, one of Gary’s six children.

Besides the payout, Player receives the rights to his name and likeness back from the company.

“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,” reads the court document.

The documents do not clarify or provide further details on what incited the dispute.

The settlement was reached in May between the two parties, with the division assignment finished on June 8.

In 1965 Player became the only non-American and the youngest to win all four majors in a career at the age of 29. That record was first taken away by Jack Nicklaus at age 26 and then by Tiger Woods at  24.

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