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Gary Player’s son takes aim at Augusta National’s treatment of his father

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Both Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer were offered a full lifetime membership at Augusta National. Gary Player has not been so fortunate.

In a recent interview with Golf Digest, Gary’s son, Wayne said he was “hurt” by the omission.

“If I’m actually honest, it hurts me that Augusta National have not invited my dad to be a full member at the club.”

“I mean, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer were invited to be full members. And we know there’s a lot of criteria around there, but nobody’s represented the game of golf better than Gary Player. Why they haven’t is a shame.”

The 56-year-old also confirmed that he is essentially banned from the grounds at Augusta National due to an incident that happened last year.

Lee Elder, who was the first black man to play in the Masters, was the honorary starter at last year’s Masters. In a collapse of judgement, Wayne Player hijacked the moment by standing behind Elder holding a box of OnCore golf balls in an attempt to market the product.

“I had probably 50 texts after that, 40 of them said I’m a marketing genius, 10 were like, ‘What the hell were you thinking?’” Player said.

“It wasn’t premeditated, but it was a tacky thing.”

“I understand why people took offence to it,” he added.

“Jack, the Golden Bear himself, told me, ‘What are you thinking?’ I said, ‘You know, Jack, you’re right.’ You have to be accountable when you mess up.”

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  1. M&M

    May 4, 2022 at 11:42 am

    That stupid leg kick is as annoying as the numb skull son hawking balls at ANGC.

  2. Imafitter

    May 4, 2022 at 10:12 am

    With Player accepting money from and being sponsored by the Saudis, who bankrolled 9/11, he should be banned from this country.

  3. Jeff

    May 3, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Tom Watson has labeled Gary Player
    Any more questions?

  4. Triple Bogey Is My Par

    May 2, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    I love it when these loser children of the “rich and famous” think that they’re entitled to everything their parents have just because they have the same last name. EARN the respect of your peers and others and you’ll be treated with respect. Be a jerk like this spoiled 50 something who’s had everything given to him is, and you’ll get exactly what he’s getting…A cold shoulder. And by the way, GP is NOT the nicest guy on Earth folks.

  5. Bing Hogan

    May 2, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    He was pretty nice to my father and he encouraged a young returning Marine to keep practicing after 2 years off!

  6. John

    May 2, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    The players are your run of the mill south African hypocrite money grubbers, they would both fit in with the Norman LIV tournament, arrogance, greed and narcissistic attitude shines thru, PGA would be better off without them

  7. RJ

    May 2, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    While his golfing accomplishments are impressive, he is arguably not top 10 all time. Combined with the fact that Gary Player is the biggest egomaniac in the history of golf, it is not surprising Augusta National has given him the cold shoulder. Perhaps if he had ever conducted himself with some true humility. He’s lucky they let him participate as a starter.

  8. Donkey Kong Ding Dong

    May 2, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    Wayne was a Dbag when he was a junior golfer and still is a Dbag. Gary Player has spent his career telling everyone how great he is/was. When you have to tell everyone that you are, that’s a hint that you aren’t. “The apple doesn’t fall from the tree” is definitely true here. I say let Gary have a pushup competition with Joe Biden and the winner gets a clue. Let’s go Brandon.

  9. Landon Comeau

    May 2, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    Maybe if he wasn’t such a self righteous jack wagon and treated people with respect he might get the invite.

  10. Jimmy

    May 2, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    Jack never made a misstep in 50 years Not only was he the best golfer he’s also the best man.

    • Craig

      May 3, 2022 at 8:32 am

      Other than his support for the insurrectionist.

      • Robert

        May 3, 2022 at 9:48 am

        Do everyone a favor…never step on a golf course.

      • Josh

        May 4, 2022 at 12:17 am

        100% agree. Jack’s legacy tarnished for sure.

      • dixiedoc

        May 5, 2022 at 9:21 am

        So I guess support of Biden and his crime family with their alliance to China are okay.

  11. Jason

    May 2, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    “nobody’s represented the game of golf better than Gary Player”

    Riiiiiiight, a guy who is a known Dhead, supported apartheid, made wild accusations back in 2007 that players on the tour were using performance enhancing drugs, said he hated it when Ross Fischer set the course record at St. Andrews, had his son market his golf balls during Lee Elder’s honors at The Masters, said that he experienced the same struggles that Elder went through, tried to take credit for Elder being allowed to play tournament golf in South Africa, and then deciding to wear the Saudi Golf League logo during this years honorary first tee ceremony at Augusta.

    Yeah, “nobody’s represented the game of golf better than Gary Player” huh?

    • Paulo

      May 2, 2022 at 5:15 pm

      To be fair all of your points are spot on bar the PED’s. Player was right on that one

      • Jason

        May 3, 2022 at 2:22 pm

        I’m curious how he was right about PED’s because I never recall anyone testing positive or a case that someone was caught or considered to be using PED’s.

        Unless you know something I don’t. Other than people saying Tiger used them but that’s always been an allegation sports fans made towards Tiger because it was being used in other sports they followed.

        Curious to your take.

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  13. gwrxmod's absent father

    May 2, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Jack, the Golden Bear himself, told me, ‘What are you thinking?’ I said, ‘You know, Jack, you’re right.’ You have to be accountable when you mess up

    hahahahhaha after this much time……. whats next? the clown family known as the players gonna get hired by WRX????? would be a very good fit with how stupid you all are

  14. Go away

    May 2, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    A few things here to unpack. Trying to play the victim after being the villain is a bad look. You literally were a d bag and now am trying to portray yourself and your father as the victim and blame Augusta. He talks a lot about accountability but takes no ownership of his actions and actually thinks his idea was marketing genius.the whole 40 said it was and 10 said wth. That’s him tooting his own horn. Just arrogant and narcissistic. Usually the apple doesn’t fall to far from the tree. So maybe Augusta is justified in their omission. Or maybe they just don’t want this jack hole anywhere near the course. He seems to be living through his father’s achievements.

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Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia’s personal relationship has reportedly turned toxic

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In 2014 Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia were the so-called ‘dream team’ of the Ryder Cup.

The pair totted up a combined total of 5-and-a-half points of the 16-and-a-half won by the victorious European team, beating the pairing of Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan in the second day foursomes before both winning their singles.

Their relationship was so solid that McIlroy was honored to be an usher at Garcia’s wedding in 2017, but recently it’s all gone sour, with Golf Monthly reporting a “complete deterioration” of the relationship.

A week ago, it was widley reported that the Spaniard had told his Northern Irish friend that they were now “finally getting paid what we deserve,” a comment that received the reply, “Sergio. We’re golfers. We don’t deserve to be paid anything.”

According to Golf Monthly, the relationship has now “turned personal,” with the world number three unhappy that his old friend has dedicated himself to the Saudi-backed tour, putting the selection process for the Ryder Cup into confusion. The rhetoric between the two is reported to be “bitter and personal.”

At the Wells Fargo Championship in May, as he was hacking out of the rough after a ruling, Garcia was heard muttering, “I can’t wait to leave this tour,” before being confirmed as one of the initial participants of the LIV Golf Series.

Whilst it is unclear exactly what the sanctions are with regards to the Ryder Cup 2023, the way the PGA and DP Tours are moving, there is a distinct possibility that LIV players will be seriously affected – though Garcia has made clear that he wants to be a part of it.

At a press conference before the inaugural LIV event at the Centurion Club, Garcia stated, “I haven’t resigned from the European Tour because I would like to still be a member. I’m European, I love the European Tour. I played it for 23 years. Obviously we’re going to have to wait and see what the European Tour does. But I definitely would like to keep my membership and get my chance to make the Ryder Cup team because I love that event. But we’ll wait and see what happens over there.”

Whilst recent LIV press conferences on site have caused their own controversy, Garcia has prompted his own backlash.

After reportedly delivering an anti-DP World Tour rant at the BMW International in Germany last week, Golf Monthly reports that one tour player commented:

“They (LIV players) all think they are untouchable, and they all think the tours can’t do anything. I think they’re all about to realize they’re wrong. It is short sighted to think regulations can’t change and that there isn’t a lot of ill-feeling towards them. I think they’ve miscalculated quite dramatically.

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‘You like apples?’ – Greg Norman takes bullish shot at PGA Tour over LIV poll numbers

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CEO of LIV Golf and former superstar Greg Norman took a shot at the PGA Tour via social media on Wednesday.

Sports Illustrated “Morning Read” shared a Harris Poll that indicated younger U.S. golf fans are open to the LIV Golf series despite its controversial source of funding.

Norman commented on social media with a link to the poll while tagging the PGA Tour’s official accounts, saying, “@pgatour you like apples??”

The line is, of course, in reference to a scene in the 1997 classic film Good Will Hunting, and Norman then doubled down on his bullish aim at the tour with a gif of one of follow up lines from Matt Damon’s character:

The results of the Harris Poll were extremely interesting.

According to Sports Illustrated, “Younger Americans are more aware of, more interested in and more open to the LIV tour, according to our polling — and the split is sharp. So while 40% of those 45 years old and younger are familiar with LIV, as opposed to 35% of the overall population, that figure falls to 27% among those aged 55 and over. And while 55% of U.S. adults familiar with the league plan to watch an LIV event, that number rises to more than 7 in 10 (71%) among those aged 18-34.”

The source of the funding for LIV has generated vigorous debate in recent months. The poll results indicated that younger golf fans aren’t as concerned with the Saudi money as the older generation. Among those aware that LIV Golf is funded by foreign government investments, a majority (52%) of those 45 and younger have no issues the arrangement, while those aged 55 and older report far more often that they disapprove.

There were plenty of other interesting results from the polling.

  • Those aware of LIV Golf’s funding sources are nearly evenly split about it (35% oppose the relationship while 36% support it).
  • By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans say that professional sports funders’ identities have no bearing on whether or not they watch. “In much the same way that sports fans are able to keep rooting for their team even if individual players have personal issues, it seems that they are willing to suspend judgment about a league even if its sponsors have poor reputations. This leaves open the question, however, of how potent attempts at “sportswashing” could be: If consumers are able to separate sporting events from their sponsors, it could run the other way, with leagues not transferring their positive reputations back to their funders.”
  • Among golf fans aware of the PGA Tour’s suspensions, 45% support the decision.

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‘Bye Bye Cheat!’ – Tour pro blocked on Twitter by Patrick Reed after shovel jibe

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@PReedGolf – probably the cause of more ‘blocks’ on Twitter golf than any other is at it again.

As one of the more recent recruits to the LIV Golf Series, Reed has once again opened himself up to criticism, a factor of his career for many years.

On this occasion, Reed tweeted an offer for tickets to this week’s second LIV event in Portland, an offer that was re-tweeted by DP World Tour pro Mike Lorenzo-Vera with the comment, “Does this code works if I want to buy a shovel ???”

The comment refers to an incident at the 2019 Hero World Challenge when Reed was accused of brushing away sand from behind his ball in a bunker, and didn’t go down well with those that run the former Masters champion’s Twitter – they blocked him.

The move didn’t bother Lorenzo-Vera. He went straight back with, “Well… that was fast! Bye bye cheat!”

Support was there. Popular on-line commentator group ByTheMinute (Non LIV) Golf said, “Love this MLV but everyone else is blocked already,” but one respondent took the opportunity to cast doubt on the new PGA/DP Tour alliance by accusing, ” Have some self respect instead rather than praising a decision to iron out the fact the Euro Tour will be now on par with the Korn Ferry.” Ouch.

Most recently, a press conference held at Pumpkin Ridge saw Reed, Brooks Koepka and Pat Perez face a barrage of awkward questions from reporters, and the answers given certainly have received little approval. The irony, of course, being that Koepka was quite happy to accuse his fellow LIV player of cheating at that event in 2019.

The LIV Golf Invitational Portland starts tomorrow and Reed plays with Perez, Talor Gooch and Dustin Johnson as the ‘4 Aces GC’ team, whilst Koepka captains ‘Smash GC’, comprising his brother Chase and DP World Tour winners Richard Bland and Adrian Otaegui.

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