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



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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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito



  1. Barry Goodman

    Jun 26, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    The difference between what Garry’s son did & everyone else;
    He held the product in his hand to show it off.
    To highlife it.
    To make it stand out.
    Hoping to grab some attention away from Mr. Elder.
    Most clothing have logos on them.
    If you wear a shirt, it will likely carry a logo.
    If someone held the logo away from his body to show it off for the camera behind Mr. Elder,
    That would be the same thing.
    If you can’t see that, I feel sorry for you.

  2. BillyG

    Apr 26, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    This website is not safe.

  3. bobbyg

    Apr 26, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Wayne Player is a donkey poker who was an arrogant jerk even in his junior playing days. He learned it from his father.

  4. Hit-the-7-iron!

    Apr 14, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    I’m of the opinion that Mr. Elder’s tribute should’ve been his own and Player’s son showed bad taste in pimping their brand without permission. It could also be perceived that TravisMathew used bad taste as well in seizing the moment on Mr. Elder’s shirt collar, yet no one is saying anything about that for some reason.

    • Fredino

      Apr 14, 2021 at 4:08 pm

      What kind of mental gymnastics are you applying, a shirt logo on a golf pro is not in the same universe of holding up a sleeve of balls for a gimmicky stunt. Get a grip on reality.

      • Old Tom

        Apr 26, 2021 at 9:21 am

        I think 7-Iron has a valid point. Advertising is advertising. So, it’s only okay to push a product if you have a contract? Have you ever heard of product placement in movies and TV shows? Is that wrong in your mind, too? Please get with the 21st century. SMH…

        • Erik Ugland

          Apr 26, 2021 at 7:07 pm

          The difference is that the public understands what the logo on a shirt is. It’s plainly a sponsorship. But when someone casually introduces a product placement in a context where the audience does not expect it, and doesn’t recognize it as essentially a commercial (which is what Player was going for), then it’s dishonest guerrilla marketing. It’s trying to make the audience believe something that is not true (that this was some authentic moment not a staged one), unlike the branding on clothes, golf bags, etc. Also, Player is a repeat offender, and the context was a little more sacred than usual (recognition of Lee Elder).

        • Thomas A

          Apr 27, 2021 at 9:57 am

          Lee Elder chose to wear the Travis Matthews shirt. He did not choose to hock Gary Player’s golf balls. If you can’t see the difference, you need to get with the 21st century.

        • Rascal

          May 2, 2021 at 4:33 pm

          Both you and 7-iron are dummies.

  5. JP

    Apr 14, 2021 at 11:40 am

    If it were a patron’s son pulling shenanigans, the club would pull tickets from both the son AND the ticker bearer. He would lose his lifetime tickets. Those that you get on the grounds reflect directly on YOU.

    They should hold Gary player to the same standard and ban him AND his son.

    • jbone

      Apr 28, 2021 at 8:30 am

      Well he’s won the masters and deserves to be there so go cry about it.

  6. Tom M Roberts

    Apr 14, 2021 at 10:34 am

    All the players are a marketing billboard. Ever notice how, when photo’d, they have their sponsors equipment facing the camera. This whole thing is total BS.

  7. David McGee

    Apr 14, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Really this is news? Who cares?

  8. Rocket

    Apr 13, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Seems to me the folks at the Masters have way too much power.

    • joe

      Apr 14, 2021 at 10:01 am

      they always have.

      • Funkaholic

        Apr 14, 2021 at 10:10 am

        It is their tournament, they own the whole thing. What is “too much” power? Player and his son are both doucehbags.

    • Thomas A

      Apr 27, 2021 at 9:59 am

      Over the guests at their own club? That’s some mental gymnastics.

  9. Carolyn

    Apr 13, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Nothing new here, every club, ball, shirt shoe etc. company uses the Tours to sell product…do you really think players could shoot the low scores they shoot or play on perfect courses without money being poured in by sponsors….Pro Golf is a business, now the Masters is run a little different in it is run by some of the most elite and rich people in the world so they do have more room then most tournaments and for sure they use that power…but week in and week out your seeing the best players in the world advertising for sponsors all day just being good does not earn you millions….

    • Adam Boyle

      Apr 13, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      Of course people are going to wear hats with logos on them. That doesn’t mean when someone is having their moment on TV you jump in and start waving your product around at the camera.

      • Jack Nash

        Apr 14, 2021 at 10:12 am

        You’re bang on Adam. Evidently many here can’t seem to relate to the situation.

  10. Who Cares

    Apr 13, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    irrelevant article. This did not take away from Elder’s great moment.

  11. Mo

    Apr 13, 2021 at 1:51 am


  12. Paul

    Apr 12, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    He should have worn a hat and shirt with the name since that appears to be appropriate in golf. Some of the players look like NASCAR cars. I guess one is okay, but not the other.

    • Jerry

      Apr 13, 2021 at 6:32 am

      Social media twerps influencing masters of the universe.

      • Repete

        Apr 13, 2021 at 6:47 pm

        Outrage twitter at it again. Some nasty pieces of work really. Poor taste by Player’s son but the response from the keyboard warriors is pretty shameful.

        • mike

          Apr 28, 2021 at 7:55 am

          Next up… keyboard warrior calls out keyboard warriors.

  13. Harv Newman

    Apr 12, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    I see my comment about marketing got deleted so I’ll reiterate. ALL MARKETING IS GUERILLA MARKETING NOW.

  14. Andrew

    Apr 12, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    Gary been a narcissistic fraud for years. Where does the apple fall?

  15. Harv Newman

    Apr 12, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    All marketing is “guerilla” marketing anymore.

  16. tom

    Apr 12, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    And Gary knew nothing about it, standing 2 feet away … yeah right

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Whoop provides key data behind Korda sisters’ impressive year



The Korda sisters are enjoying a fantastic 2021, with Jessica Korda winning back in January, while sister Nelly notched her second victory of the year at last week’s Meijer Classic.

Both sisters have begun well at this week’s LPGA Championship too as they go in search of their first major win, with Jessica currently 3-under while Nelly sits at 2-under.

Courtesy of Whoop, we’re able to look at critical data, including heart rate, HRV, sleep and recovery data from their biggest moments of 2021.

Per Whoop’s data, for Nelly’s first win in February, the 22-year-old’s recovery increased each day as the tournament progressed, from just 30% on Day 1 to 64% on Day 2, then to 75% and 77% on Days 3 and 4. 

Nelly’s heart rate variability also saw a similar pattern, improving day by day during the tournament.

For Jessica’s second-place finish in LA earlier this year, the 28-year-old slept for over 10 hours the night before the tournament began, with 31% of that in REM (deep sleep; 20-25% is average). She spent the next night in 31% of REM, shooting -7 and -6 on those first two days of the tournament.

For Nelly’s latest win at the Meijer Classic, she slept for 9 hours and 51 minutes the night before. Her Whoop recovery (a measure of how prepared the body is to perform each day) was 94%, and she’d also gotten almost 3 hours of REM sleep.

“I really focused on prioritizing my rest heading into this tournament. Whoop tells me how much sleep I need based on everything I do throughout the day and I listen to that closely to make sure I’m at peak performance for competition. I woke up seeing high recovery scores and feeling great, which helped give me more confidence that I could play my best.” – Nelly Korda

Interestingly, the Whoop data from both shows how much of an impact traveling can have on today’s players. Both sisters played in Anaheim, CA on April 1-4; however, Nelly competed on the west coast in Carlsbad, CA a week earlier, while Jessica traveled cross-country for the event.

On Day 2 of the tournament, Nelly’s recovery was green at 73%, but Jessicas was just 46%. Jessica finished the event T36 with a recovery of 86% on Saturday but was one-over through the first two days when her recovery was low, while Nelly finished the tournament third.

For more insights, check out here.

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Brooks Koepka claims Bryson started feud and ‘went back on his word’



Both Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau are in action at this week’s Travelers Championship, with the two seemingly further away than ever from burying the hatchet.

The two have been openly quarrelling for the last couple of months in an ongoing rivalry that has captured the attention of more than just golf fans.

Ahead of this week’s event, Brooks Koepka spoke to media where he shared his version of the genesis of their feud, claiming that Bryson “went back on his word”.

“I thought it was just interesting when he walked up to my caddie and told Ricky that if I had something to say, to say it to his face. I thought that was kind of odd. Don’t walk up to my face, say it to my caddie.

When we had that conversation we agreed on something and he went back on it. So, you know, if you’re going to go back on your word I don’t have much respect for that.”

The 31-year-old has also been speaking to ESPN Sports Center host Matt Barrie ahead of this week’s event, where he said that he has “definitely got the better” of Bryson and that it’s unlikely the two will be settling their issues over a few drinks.

“There’s not much to talk about. Everything that’s gone on, it’s been one of those things. This whole thing started basically because of him so you know, I’ll leave it at that. I don’t see us having dinner or drinks or Michelob Ultra just to settle it.”

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Tokyo Olympic Men’s Golf field revealed



This summer will see some of the best golfers in the world representing their country at the Tokyo Olympics, with the final field now set.

The withdrawal of Dustin Johnson means that Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau are the four men who will play for the U.S., with Patrick Cantlay being first alternate.

As for Team GB, Tyrrell Hatton is the latest man who has withdrawn, citing issues related to Covid-19, international travel and schedule. Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey are the two men who will represent Team GB in Tokyo this summer, while Sergio Garcia is a late withdrawal for Team Spain.

Check out the full list of competitors below:

Justin Thomas (USA)

Collin Morikawa (USA)

Xander Schauffele (USA)

Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

Rory McIlroy (IRL)

Shane Lowry (IRL)

Viktor Hovland (NOR)

Kristian Krogh Johannessen (NOR)

Hideki Matsuyama (JPN)

Rikuya Hoshino (JPN)

Paul Casey (GBR)

Tommy Fleetwood (GBR)

Abraham Ancer (MEX)

Carlos Ortiz (MEX)

Sungjae Im (KOR)

Cameron Smith (AUS)

Marc Leishman (AUS)

Joaquin Niemann (CHI)

Guillermo Mito Pereira (CHI)

Corey Conners (CAN)

Mackenzie Hughes (CAN)

Victor Perez (FRA)

Antoine Rozner (FRA)

Garrick Higgo (RSA)

Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA)

Siwoo Kim (KOR)

Sebastian Munoz (COL)

Emiliano Grillo (ARG)

Thomas Detry (BEL)

Alex Noren (SWE)

Thomas Pieters (BEL)

Kalle Samooja (FIN)

Sami Valimaki (FIN)

Matthias Schwab (AUT)

Sepp Straka (AUT)

Rasmus Hojgaard (DEN)

Jazz Janewattananond (THA)

Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)

Francesco Molinari (ITA)

Guido Migliozzi (ITA)

Henrik Norlander (SWE)

Rafa Cabrera Bello (ESP)

Jon Rahm (ESP)

Joachim Hansen (DEN)

Rory Sabbatini (SVK)

Ryan Fox (NZL)

C.T. Pan (TPE)

Adrian Meronk (POL)

Maximilian Kieffer (GER)

Hurly Long (GER)

Juvic Pagunsan (PHI)

Ondrej Lieser (CZE)

Scott Vincent (ZIM)

Gunn Charoenkul (THA)

Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR)

Rafael Campos (PUR)

Gavin Green (MAS)

Carl Yuan (CHN)

Wu Ashun (CHN)

Anirban Lahiri (IND)

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