He might not have the profile or resume of Ernie Els or Gary Player but Dale Hayes’ contribution to golf in South Africa is not diminished because of that.
Despite an extraordinarily promising playing career being cut short by the international response to Apartheid, Hayes was a regular contender on the European Tour during the late 1970s and counts an 11-stroke win over Seve Ballesteros in the 1978 French Open as one of his playing career highlights. Or was it the tournament week when he roomed with Jack Newton? Host Rod Morri delves further.
Hayes has continued to be an integral figure in golf in his homeland. His voice will be instantly recognisable to many thanks to his TV commentary work but his story will be a revelation to a new generation of golfers, in this latest episode of The Thing About Golf.