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Gary Player opens up on son’s golf ball stunt at 2021 Masters

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Gary Player’s son, Wayne, caused outrage at the honorary tee shot ceremony at the 2021 Masters after engaging in perceived guerrilla marketing during the introduction of Lee Elder.

Wayne held up a sleeve of golf balls from a company which his father Gary has been an ambassador of since 2019 so that they were constantly in shot, and per Player’s other son, the move resulted in Wayne being banned from the Masters in the future.

In an interview with Ann Liguori of WFAN, Gary Player has opened up on the incident, describing his son’s actions as “wrong” and not “the most intelligent thing to do” but wouldn’t confirm if Wayne had indeed been banned. 

“Let me tell you, Augusta has done a lot of things that a lot of people don’t like, as well, throughout history.

That’s their course. It’s their tournament. And you’ve got to abide by their rules. And if you don’t, you’re going to be asked to leave. We’ll see what their verdict is in the end. Whatever happens, so be it.”

Player added that Wayne and Lee Elder – the first black man to compete at the Masters – are good friends saying: “Lee Elder is a very dear friend of Wayne’s, a very dear friend. He even phoned Lee Elder and Lee Elder said, ‘Don’t worry about it. My goodness me, I’ve always loved you and you’ve always loved me.’”

When it comes to punishment, though Player wouldn’t confirm if Wayne had been banned, Gary stated ‘a man’s got to take his punishment’ and claims he even suggested to Augusta National the possibility of barring Wayne.

“It was wrong. And I said to Augusta, ‘Listen, a man’s got to take his punishment. If he does something wrong and you don’t want him back here again, then just bar him. That’s what you go to do.’”

 

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  1. Erik Ugland

    May 10, 2021 at 9:42 am

    “A man’s got to take his punishment,” says the guy who buddied-up with Trump at the White House two days after the insurrection.

    • The Dude

      May 10, 2021 at 6:56 pm

      CONGRATULATIONS !!! your the A-hole who just has to bring politics into this !!!!

  2. PB

    May 3, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Gary is not only a cheater but the biggest self promoter in history!

  3. Whitey

    Apr 30, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Just like WRX making a headline out if this.

    • gwelfgulfer

      May 8, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      You mean write about a golf related story that has Gary Player in it… Oh, the horror…

  4. Hit-the-7-iron!

    Apr 21, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    The TravisMathew logo on Mr. Elder’s collar was the most distracting, I thought…

  5. Darren G Delgado

    Apr 21, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Your here because of the fans. No golf course would survive if we didnt come to watch. U have logos everywhere wich r your sponsors. Your gonna ban someone for life for that your kidding right. Just play golf and entertain your fans.

  6. Black Night

    Apr 21, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Leave it to Gary Player to give this the “both sides” treatment…

    “Let me tell you, Augusta has done a lot of things that a lot of people don’t like, as well, throughout history.”

    • Joe

      Apr 22, 2021 at 12:48 pm

      What don’t you like.The fact that it is possibly true that Augusta does some things that are not necessarily perfect or even wrong in the eyes of a lot of people or that Gary gives both sides of the argument to many times highlighting his point.

    • Not gary

      May 6, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      Says the white South African…… you can’t get more ignorant than Gary

  7. chip75

    Apr 20, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Did the Vero sleeve of balls distract from the dozen other brand logos on display? Gary’s son could have stood the entire time with a PXG headcover in his hand, what difference did holding a sleeve of balls which his Dad was about to hit one of make?

    • Joey5Picks

      Apr 21, 2021 at 12:03 am

      shank

    • T Jackson

      Apr 21, 2021 at 11:11 am

      The particular demographic that (still) runs Augusta National is used to being hypocritical. I think they refer to it as some sort of “privilege.”

      • gwelfgulfer

        May 8, 2021 at 7:14 pm

        Well, it is an invite only Tournament isn’t it? At a pretty exclusive, private course…

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‘Whoops, that was a mistake’: Inside Bryson’s chaotic Friday night return to Quail Hollow

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Bryson DeChambeau’s week at the Wells Fargo became chaotic on Friday afternoon, after the 27-year-old flew from Charlotte to Dallas, having believed that his week had ended early at Quail Hollow.

Despite sitting way outside the cut line as he boarded his flight home, Bryson’s week was far from over, as the winds began to gust around Quail Hollow, making scoring extremely difficult for the afternoon wave.

Halfway through his flight, Bryson received a text from his agent explaining to a stunned DeChambeau that the cut line had moved dramatically.

“Halfway through the flight my agent texted Conner (Olsen), and he’s like, ‘Hey, you’re 68th now.’ I was like, ‘What? No way. There’s no way I’m still — I’m not going to make it, there’s no way.”

After touching down in Dallas at 6 p.m local time, that “no way” turned into a definitive answer, with the cut line moving and letting DeChambeau and all of the other +2’s into the weekend: “So I looked at Conner (and said), ‘Well, whoops, that was a mistake’” said Bryson.

With an 8:10 a.m. ET start on Saturday and unable to fly back immediately; Bryson and his crew decided to fly in the middle of the night, resulting in a 2:45 a.m. flight from Dallas that would land in Charlotte at approximately 6:00 a.m. local time.

“After I got off the plane, I was like, you know what, we’re here for the night so might as well sleep in my bed and get up really early. I did about an hour workout, hung out with my roommates that were there and just had dinner at Eatzi’s and had a couple protein shakes and stuff like that and just worked out and went to sleep.”

12.5 hours after he first landed in Dallas, Bryson rocked up at Quail Hollow and performed remarkably well over the weekend, with back to back 68s securing him a T9 finish and a check for $228,825 making the chaos all worthwhile.

“It was worth it. It no doubt was worth it. That’s what I was hoping to do this weekend when I was on that plane at 2:45 a.m. Yeah, I wanted to make it worth it. I didn’t want to come out here and finish 60-whatever.

It definitely will, for sure (check to cover the fuel costs). But again, it was more for me. The cost wasn’t really anything I was worried about. I really didn’t want to disappoint Wells Fargo and Quail Hollow and the guys who put up this tournament and give so much to charity. I mean, that’s one of the things I want to support. And fans out here, didn’t want to disappoint them.”

Thankfully for Bryson, this week’s PGA Tour stop is a home game at TPC Craig Ranch, meaning his jet won’t need to be fired up until the PGA Championship.

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Rory McIlroy credits caddie for his role in crucial drop on 18

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Rory McIlroy appeared to be cruising to the title at Quail Hollow on Sunday afternoon, with a two-stroke advantage with one hole to play over leader in the clubhouse Abraham Ancer.

However, rarely is closing out a tournament straight forward, and after a hooked 3-wood off the 18th tee, McIlroy found himself in an awkward position inside the penalty area for his approach.

Initially ready to attempt to chip out back to the fairway, McIlroy’s caddie Harry Diamond advised his man to take a step back and consider a drop.

With the ball lying poorly, there was no guarantee a lob wedge would extricate McIlroy from trouble.

After some consideration, the Irishman took his caddie’s advice and took a drop allowing the 32-year-old to reach the green with his 3rd shot – advice that McIlroy was grateful for following his round.

“Harry was awesome out there today, especially that decision on the last. I was ready to get in there and try to play that with a lob wedge and he said ‘Let’s take a step back, let’s think about this. Where’s the best place you’re hitting your third from?’

So he calmed me down and slowed me down a little bit, and ultimately we made the right decision and I dropped instead of trying to play that shot out of the hazard. I hit a great third shot onto the green and was able to two-putt from there.”

The win is McIlroy’s first since 2019, and the Irishman ranks the victory as the best of his six wins since Diamond began looping for him.

“I think this is our sixth win together and it’s probably been our best one. Bay Hill back in 2018 was great because I hadn’t won in a while, but this is even better just because Harry’s been there every step of the way.

The tough parts that I’ve had to endure over the last few months, he’s been with me every step of the way and it’s nice to come through all that with him and to get into the winner’s circle again.”

 

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How much each player won at the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

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Rory McIlroy broke out of his slump at Quail Hollow, and along with the silverware, the Irishman bagged himself a winner’s check for a cool $1,458,000. Abraham Ancer’s late charge wasn’t enough to chase down Rory, but it did secure the Mexican a solo runner-up finish to earn him $882,900.

With a total prize purse of $8.1 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player who made the cut won at the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship.

1: Rory McIlroy, 274/-10, $1,458,000

2: Abraham Ancer, 275/-9, $882,900

T-3: Viktor Hovland, 276/-8, $477,900

T-3: Keith Mitchell, 276/-8, $477,900

5: Gary Woodland, 277/-7, $332,100

T-6: Luke List, 279/-5, $273,375

T-6: Patrick Reed, 279/-5, $273,375

T-6: Matt Wallace, 279/-5, $273,375

T-9: Bryson DeChambeau, 280/-4, $228,825

T-9: Aaron Wise, 280/-4, $228,825

T-11: Satoshi Kodaira, 281/-3, $188,325

T-11: Ben Martin, 281/-3, $188,325

T-11: Scott Piercy, 281/-3, $188,325

T-14: Tommy Fleetwood, 282/-2, $143,775

T-14: Emiliano Grillo, 282/-2, $143,775

T-14: Xander Schauffele, 282/-2, $143,775

T-14: Charl Schwartzel, 282/-2, $143,775

T-18: Keegan Bradley, 283/-1, $96,390

T-18: Joel Dahmen, 283/-1, $96,390

T-18: Brian Harman, 283/-1, $96,390

T-18: Russell Knox, 283/-1, $96,390

T-18: Joaquin Niemann, 283/-1, $96,390

T-18: C.T. Pan, 283/-1, $96,390

T-18: J.J. Spaun, 283/-1, $96,390

T-18: Bubba Watson, 283/-1, $96,390

T-26: Cameron Davis, 284/E, $53,275.91

T-26: Talor Gooch, 284/E, $53,275.91

T-26: Lanto Griffin, 284/E, $53,275.91

T-26: Brandon Hagy, 284/E, $53,275.91

T-26: Pat Perez, 284/E, $53,275.91

T-26: J.T. Poston, 284/E, $53,275.91

T-26: Kevin Streelman, 284/E, $53,275.91

T-26: Nick Taylor, 284/E, $53,275.91

T-26: Justin Thomas, 284/E, $53,275.91

T-26: Vincent Whaley, 284/E, $53,275.91

T-26: Kyle Stanley, 284/E, $53,275.90

T-37: Stewart Cink, 285/+1, $36,045

T-37: Matt Jones, 285/+1, $36,045

T-37: Sean O’Hair, 285/+1, $36,045

T-37: Patrick Rodgers, 285/+1, $36,045

T-37: Brian Stuard, 285/+1, $36,045

T-37: Richy Werenski, 285/+1, $36,045

T-43: Wyndham Clark, 286/+2, $25,069.50

T-43: Corey Conners, 286/+2, $25,069.50

T-43: Jason Dufner, 286/+2, $25,069.50

T-43: Harris English, 286/+2, $25,069.50

T-43: Peter Malnati, 286/+2, $25,069.50

T-43: Andrew Putnam, 286/+2, $25,069.50

T-43: Scott Stallings, 286/+2, $25,069.50

T-43: Jhonattan Vegas, 286/+2, $25,069.50

T-51: Kramer Hickok, 287/+3, $19,899

T-51: Zach Johnson, 287/+3, $19,899

T-51: Hank Lebioda, 287/+3, $19,899

T-54: Hunter Mahan, 288/+4, $18,954

T-54: Ryan Moore, 288/+4, $18,954

T-54: Seamus Power, 288/+4, $18,954

T-54: Sepp Straka, 288/+4, $18,954

T-58: Michael Gligic, 289/+5, $18,063

T-58: Patton Kizzire, 289/+5, $18,063

T-58: Kyoung-Hoon Lee, 289/+5, $18,063

T-58: Matthew NeSmith, 289/+5, $18,063

T-58: Roger Sloan, 289/+5, $18,063

T-58: Johnson Wagner, 289/+5, $18,063

T-58: Tim Wilkinson, 289/+5, $18,063

T-65: Jonas Blixt, 290/+6, $17,172

T-65: Shane Lowry, 290/+6, $17,172

T-65: Carlos Ortiz, 290/+6, $17,172

T-65: Bo Van Pelt, 290/+6, $17,172

69: Phil Mickelson, 291/+7, $16,767

T-70: K.J. Choi, 292/+8, $16,524

T-70: Brendan Steele, 292/+8, $16,524

T-72: Russell Henley, 293/+9, $16,038

T-72: Ted Potter, Jr., 293/+9, $16,038

T-72: Kevin Tway, 293/+9, $16,038

T-72: Jimmy Walker, 293/+9, $16,038

76: D.J. Trahan, 296/+12, $15,633

77: Beau Hossler, 298/+14, $15,471

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