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Legendary announcer Peter Alliss passes away; Golf world pays tribute

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Peter Alliss passed away on Sunday, three months short of his 90th birthday, and the tributes have been pouring in for the icon who enjoyed a stellar professional career in the game before becoming a legend in the booth.

Alliss featured in eight Ryder Cups and won more than 20 events around the world during his professional career, and was much loved for his sharp and witty remarks in the commentary booth after hanging up his clubs. Alliss was a mainstay on the BBC’s golf coverage and also worked for ESPN and ABC Sports along with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Here’s some of Alliss’ finest moments in the booth:

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And on social media, plenty of big names from the sport have been paying tribute to the larger than life character.

 

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  1. Jack Nash

    Dec 7, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    One of the Last Truth Tellers

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Gary Player’s son ‘banned from the Masters’ for perceived guerrilla marketing

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As the cameras focused on Lee Elder during last week’s honorary starter’s ceremony at Augusta, Gary Player’s son, Wayne, stood directly behind the 86-year-old displaying a sleeve of OnCore golf balls.

Golf fans on social media were outraged by what they had seen and accused Wayne Player of deliberate guerrilla marketing during a moment where the focus was on the first black man to play in the Masters.

According to Wayne’s estranged brother, Marc, Augusta National has since taken action and banned Player, Jr. for the incident.

During Thursday’s opening ceremony, Wayne Player was seen holding the OnCore balls, a company which his father Gary has been an ambassador for since 2018, in several shots during Elder’s introduction.

In response to the criticism, Wayne told Golf Digest that there was “zero intent” in his actions during the ceremony, saying:

“The only thought from that point was that it would be cool for fans to know what ball my dad was teeing off with. That’s where it ends. If I’ve hurt people’s feelings then I’m truly sorry and hope they will forgive me.”

OnCore also told the publication that they did not ask or instruct Wayne Player to visibly display a sleeve of balls next to Lee Elder.

Per Wayne’s brother, Marc Player, his sibling has since been banned from Augusta National and the Masters, who responded to a tweet from CBS’ Kyle Porter on social media saying:

“Agreed. Wayne has since correctly been banned from Augusta National and The Masters tournament. What a shame. What an embarrassment. What a bad decision to allow him on the first tee after years of similar shenanigans. My apologies to all.”

It’s yet another controversy for Wayne Player, who was arrested in 2019 on fraud charges surrounding a rental agreement for a house at the 2018 Masters.

 

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Billy Horschel issues apology after slamming clubs at the Masters

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Billy Horschel suffered an eventful weekend at Augusta National, twice finding Rae’s Creek on the 13th hole and twice deciding to play his shot from the water.

On Sunday, Horschel’s barefooted effort from the creek did not work out – failing to extricate himself from trouble after two attempts before racking up a triple-bogey 8 on the hole.

The frustration got the better of Billy, who was then filmed angrily slamming his clubs into his bag while also featuring in many hot mic moments on Sunday.

 

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The incident drew plenty of attention from golf fans, and on Sunday evening, Horschel addressed the subject on his social media sites, where he apologized to ANGC, the patrons and members for his conduct.

“I am and have always been a fiery competitor. That will never change. I try and conduct myself to the highest level everyday. I support and congratulate my fellow playing partners on a regular basis throughout the round. Unfortunately, the fire inside me sometimes runs hot when I’m not getting the most out of my game. 

This leads to some instances (fewer as I get older) where my conduct is not what I wish to show, especially as a role model to the younger generation. As my fellows tour pros know, Augusta National can drive any sane person crazy with swirling winds and green complexes! 

I apologize to Augusta National, the Members of the Club and to the patrons for any conduct that may have crossed the line. I am always trying to improve and do better; as a golfer, husband, father, or as a human being. 

I am a perfectionist at heart, always striving for perfection, knowing that it is not truly attainable but understanding that striving for perfection will ultimately make me better in the long run. Hopefully, some runs are shorter than others!”

While the 34-year-old lost his cool on Sunday at the 13th, he did find the funny side of things when slipping down a slope in preparation for his next shot a day prior – an incident that also clearly amused Phil Mickelson!

 

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It’s worth noting that his shot from Rae’s creek on Saturday was spectacular and led to a par.

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Hideki Matsuyama’s caddie’s show of respect goes viral

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Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese male to capture a major championship, doing so alongside his caddie, Shota Hayafuji, who has gone viral after his show of respect to Augusta National Golf Club.

The incident occurred after Matsuyama had tapped in the winning putt, with Hayafuji removing the flag from the pin for a souvenir before placing the pin back in the hole.

Then, Hayafuji turned to face the 18th fairway, removed his hat and bowed in respect of the course, in a beautiful and stoic tribute that has drawn plenty of admiration.

 

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Following his victory, Hideki told media

“When the final putt went in, I really wasn’t thinking of anything. But then when I saw my caddie, Shota, and hugged him, I was happy for him because this is his first victory on the bag. And then it started sinking in—the joy of being a Masters champion.” 

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