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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. CrashTestDummy

    May 29, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Everyone is outraged and offended by what Player’s son did, but Lee Elder didn’t seem to care. “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.’”

    Augusta should leave the issue up to Lee Elder to decide the fate of Player’s son.

  2. 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 !!!!

  3. PB

    May 3, 2021 at 9:27 pm

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

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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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MLB All-Star sued for $64k by North Carolina Country Club

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Booking tee-times has often been a contentious issue even for the most private of clubs, but San Diego Padres star, Will Myers, has found his frustrations leading to the courts.

According to a recent report by The Charlotte Observer, Myers and his wife, Margaret, joined Carmel Country Club in ‘lockdown’ year 2020 after issues with his previous club, problems that included availability of tee-times due to high demand.

Per the report, after paying 20 percent of his $80,000 initiation fee, the remainder was to be paid annually over a period of four years. However, with golf experiencing a boom during the year of the pandemic, tee times were again hard to obtain and in December 2020, the Myers’ resigned and cancelled their membership.

In response to his resignation, Carmel then charged the couple for the remainder of the fee – $64,000 – and set a date of December 2020 for the amount due. They then took to the courts in March 2021 to find the couple countersuing three months later, stating they had suffered |knowing misinterpretations and commissions.”

Court filings state that the MLB star “found it almost impossible to find a tee-time and frequently could not even use the driving range.”

Carmel denied all accusations and would go on to say that the COVID-19 pandemic “immediately and overwhelmingly altered the lifestyles and available leisure activities for all members of the club.”

The trial is set for February 2022.

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The Match V: Brooks vs Bryson – Full Viewer’s Guide

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Those with long memories might recall the halcyon days of television’s Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, a series of two or three-player stroke-play ‘match’ events that showed many of the top golfers of the day in light-hearted but competitive action over 18 holes.

Players such as Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam were some of the miked-up stars that thrilled the crowd and viewers with their comments throughout the hour or so of recorded coverage.

Not in their wildest dreams could they envisage that 27 years later, we would get to a point where two golfers meet in what has become a huge grudge match, with both Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka ramping up the hate over the past few months and even further over the past couple of days.

Cartoon hate or real? Either way, this made-for-TV match has the golfing public eagerly awaiting the best of-12 hole bout and here is the outline of how, when and what this is all about.

Take a look at the figures and hop over to Matt Vincenzi’s article on all the betting odds available and his final verdict.

  • TV: TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN.
  • When: Friday November 26th 4pm E.T 1pm P.T
  • Where: Wynn Golf Club, Las Vegas
  • Commentators: Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley
  • Play-by-play: Brian Anderson
  • On-course: Amanda Balionis
  • Format: 12-hole Matchplay
  • Bonus (charity holes): 3-6-7-9-11

And as they want to play it like a boxing match, let’s have a ‘Tale Of The Tape’:

                                      Bryson vs Brooks

 

Is it all nonsense? is it all genuine? Is it all for PIP (Player Impact Programme) income?

Who knows. Whatever, it’s going to be the best ‘The Match’ yet.

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The Match V: Brooks vs Bryson – Top prop bets and who we’re picking to win

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“The Match V”: Brooks Koepka vs Bryson DeChambeau is all set to take place at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 26th at 4:00 PM ET.

For those who want to make the event a bit more interesting, there are plenty of betting options in the prop market for the Brooks Bryson showdown.

Odds via betonline.ag

  • Bryson is a slight favorite to win the Match at 4/5.
  • A hole-in-one by either player pays 50/1.
  • Bryson is the obvious favorite for the longest drive however, Brooks is getting nearly 4/1 on this prop.
  • A blowout match decided by hole 9 or earlier pays 11/2.
Winner of The Match V
American Odds
Fractional Odds
Bryson DeChambeau
-125
4/5
Brooks Koepka
+105
21/20
Both Drives to Find Green on 12?
No
-2500
1/25
Yes
+900
9/1
DeChambeau Drive to Find Green on 12?
No
-240
5/12
Yes
+200
2/1
Koepka Drive to Find Green on 12?
No
-300
1/3
Yes
+250
5/2
Closest to Pin on Par-3 11th Hole?
Bryson DeChambeau
-110
10/11
Brooks Koepka
-110
10/11
Either Player to Hit a Hole-in-One?
Yes
+5000
50/1
First to Break Par on a Hole?
Tie
+130
13/10
Bryson DeChambeau
+190
19/10
Brooks Koepka
+210
21/10
Leader After 1st Hole?
Tie
-130
10/13
Brooks Koepka
+270
27/10
Bryson DeChambeau
+270
27/10
Leader Thru Six Holes?
Bryson DeChambeau
+160
8/5
Tie
+175
7/4
Brooks Koepka
+195
39/20
Longest Drive?
Bryson DeChambeau
-500
1/5
Brooks Koepka
+395
79/20
Match Settled By Play-off?
No
-300
1/3
Yes
+250
5/2
Total Holes Conceded
Under 2½ Holes
-180
5/9
Over 2½ Holes
+160
8/5
When will The Match be decided?
After a Play-off
+250
5/2
Hole 12
+300
3/1
Hole 11
+325
13/4
Hole 10
+400
4/1
Hole 9 or Earlier
+550
11/2

The Match V: Best Bets

Winner of The Match V: Bryson DeChambeau -125

For these types of events, I typically tend to side with the underdog due to the variance that can occur in a single match. With the match being only 12 holes, the outcome becomes even more unpredictable. However, there are a few reasons why I still believe that the value lies with DeChambeau at a slight -125 favorite.

For starters, DeChambeau has experience in this type of event. Aaron Rodgers and Bryson appeared in the match last year and defeated Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson quite convincingly. After a slow start, Bryson really appeared to gradually settle in as the match went along and should have a better idea of what to expect this time around.

Additionally, DeChambeau is just playing much better golf than Koepka recently. In their past 24 rounds, DeChambeau ranks 9th on Tour for Strokes Gained: Total whereas Koepka ranks 121st of 150 qualified golfers. Brooks is also coming off of back to back missed cuts at Mayakoba and The Houston Open.

While it is entirely possible that Koepka’s killer instinct kick in as he attempts to take down DeChambeau (who I genuinely believe he truly dislikes), I am siding with the guy who is simply a better golfer right now as a slight favorite.

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