Richard Dennis Kaplan was born on this day in 1962. He is a South African professional golfer who has played on the Sunshine Tour and Asian Tour.
Kaplan was born in Johannesburg and currently lives in Sandton, Johannesburg, with his wife and two children. He had a decorated amateur career during the 1980s, which included winning the English Men's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (Brabazon Trophy) in 1986 and the Southern Transvaal Open Strokeplay in 1984. He also earned his Springbok colours four times.
Kaplan turned professional in 1986 and won for the first time on the Sunshine Tour in 1995. He added three more tour wins between then and 2000. His best year-end finish on the Order of Merit was 9th, in 1993, 1994 and 1995.
Kaplan has also competed on the Asian Tour, where, in 1996, he won the Royal Thai Classic and finished in the top 20 on the Order of Merit.
Speaking in an interview, Kaplan said that his heroes are Jack Nicklaus because ‘he's the greatest’ and Tiger Woods because ‘he's becoming the greatest’.