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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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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. PB

    May 3, 2021 at 9:27 pm

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

  2. Whitey

    Apr 30, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Just like WRX making a headline out if this.

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.”

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Why Justin Thomas ‘doesn’t really like’ that rangefinders will be used at PGA Championship

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For the first time, the PGA Championship will allow players to use rangefinders during tournament play this year, but it’s not a prospect Justin Thomas is excited about.

Speaking ahead of this week’s Wells Fargo, Thomas revealed that he’s unlikely to use one, stating that he doesn’t “really like them” and believes that the technology takes away the importance of caddies.

“I think it takes away an advantage of having a good caddie that maybe goes out there and does the work beforehand as opposed to someone, especially now between the yardage books, the greens books and range finders, you technically don’t even really need to see the place or play a practice round. You can go out there and know exactly what the green does, you know exactly what certain things are on certain angles because you can just shoot it with the range finder.”

PGA of America president Jim Richerson stated earlier this year that he expects the use of rangefinders to improve the pace of play at the event. However, JT doesn’t see that being the case at Kiawah Island later this month.

“I certainly don’t think it’s going to speed pace of play up at all unless you have a scenario where you do hit it on another hole or some kind of crazy angle where it would take you a long time to get a yardage. At the end of the day, Kiawah Island isn’t some kind of course where the greens are going to be really soft and you just see pin, hit pin. It’s going to be, okay, I have 193 hole, we have 174 front, I need to probably land this probably 180 to 182, a little wind off this way.”

The PGA Championship begins on May 20 from Kiawah Island.

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Rickie Fowler shares his thoughts on ‘interesting’ Super Golf League

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While Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas have ruled themselves out of joining a Saudi backed Super Golf League, others have had their interest piqued and are waiting to hear more details on the proposals.

Phil Mickelson has said that he is intrigued by the idea, and now Rickie Fowler has revealed his interest in the potential breakaway Super Golf League.

“It’s definitely interesting. I think there’s a lot that needs to happen for it to even move forward of any sort, and at the same time I think competition can be a good thing. 

I do think that the PGA Tour is the premier place to be playing against the best players in the world. Could it get better? I’m sure this wouldn’t be coming up if someone didn’t think that there were ways that certain things could be better.”

Though PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has threatened that any players committing to a breakaway tour could face expulsion from the PGA Tour, it hasn’t stopped players voicing their interest in the SGL. For Rickie, he’s happy to wait and see what develops.

“For a super golfer league of some sort to move forward, it would definitely need at least a handful of guys to be going that direction, or committed or whatever it may be. I don’t know of anything like that right now.

I can’t say that I’m in, out or whatever. I still think the Tour is the best place to be. We’ll see what happens, but I’m happy where we are.”

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Patrick Reed recounts meeting wife Justine after being ghosted by her sister

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Patrick Reed and his wife Justine are one of the more prominent couples on the PGA Tour, with his wife previously caddying for her man on the tour.

But the story of how the two met may surprise you, with Reed recounting the interesting story in a recent Q&A with Golf Digest.

It all began with a date with Justine’s sister, which ended abruptly after Patrick found himself quickly ghosted (a personal relationship ended without communication or explanation).

“I was a freshman at the University of Georgia, and her younger sister, Kris, was at LSU. Kris came to visit, and we went on one date, and I texted her to confirm she’d made it back home safe. No response.

So I reached out to Justine on Facebook, who confirmed her sister was back and got frank with me about why it was probably not going to work out. So I start talking with Justine, who I discovered is this incredibly driven person who was pursuing dual degrees while working to become a nurse.

We kept talking as a couple of years went by; then we started dating. Best decision of my life.”

 

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All is well that ends well for Patrick and Justine, with the two being married since 2012.

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