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Gary Player says ‘no golfer has ever had a tougher life than me’ as he laments Augusta National situation



“If it wasn’t for the players, [Augusta] would just be another golf course in Georgia.”

So says Gary Player, winner of one-third of his nine major championships at the hallowed track.

Just a few days ago, sparks flew as the 87-year-old revealed he now felt the Masters lagged behind the other three majors in terms of importance, despite having previously ranked the event inside the top two.

Now, in an interview with The Times, he has revealed that he feels he gets very little from the Augusta National organization despite the amount he has contributed.

“After all, I’ve contributed to the tournament and been an ambassador for them, I can’t go and have a practice round there with my three grandchildren without having to beg a member to play with us, and there’s always some excuse.”

“It’s terribly, terribly sad,” he said. “I’ve played my role: I’ve won it three times, I was in the top-10 15 times, I made the most number of cuts in a row ever. Yet here we are struggling to get a round. If it wasn’t for the players, [Augusta] would just be another golf course in Georgia.”

Player continued:

“It’s just sad – and I put great emphasis on the word ‘sad’ – that Augusta (doesn’t) make you feel welcome in that regard because I helped make this tournament what it is.”

The 87-year-old also made the claim that no golfer has ever had a tougher life than himself, saying:

“There’s no golfer who’s ever had a tougher life than I have. I’ve won more tournaments than any man alive. I’ve won more national Opens than Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer put together. I’ve done remarkable things.”

Player is expected to be one of the honorary starters alongside Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus on Thursday.

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  1. Anon

    Apr 4, 2023 at 5:32 pm


  2. Village Idiot

    Apr 4, 2023 at 3:30 am

    “There’s no golfer who’s ever had a tougher life than I have.” ~ GP

    Just saying, Hogan, Mangrum and Old Tom might have him beat.

  3. Village Idiot

    Apr 4, 2023 at 3:17 am

    “There’s no golfer who’s ever had a tougher life than I have. I’ve won more tournaments than any man alive.”

    That is b.s. Just off the top of my head Hogan, Mangrum

  4. Bjorn

    Apr 3, 2023 at 10:51 pm

    GP is the best!

  5. Tim

    Apr 3, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    We should all thank Gary for creating golf. He is golf and if you did not know that I am sure he will tell you about it in the next article.

    Greatest of all time (in his own head).

    I would love to see the Masters change up the first drive routine and remove him from the equation….that would be AWESOME!!!

  6. Peter

    Apr 3, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    The fact that this he thinks he has it rough in any way, shape or form just reinforces why these people are completely out of touch with any form of reality, other than the gold lined one they reside in.

    SMFH at this clown.

  7. Kris

    Apr 3, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    Whine much? Maybe he should rethink his ceremonious position…add in hawking golf balls at Augusta it seems in combination to be worse than “bikini wax.” He is not a memberr and considering recent comment, never will be…would not miss him on 1st tee…how about Tom Watson?

  8. greg

    Apr 3, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    Sorry, Gary. No one cares how many South African Opens you’ve won.

  9. Jolter

    Apr 3, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    Makes you wonder why the club hasn’t offered him a membership after all these years.

  10. J. Lee

    Apr 3, 2023 at 11:24 am

    He seems to use “I” a lot, especially but not only when bemoaning certain particulars about Augusta. Let’s ignore him totally. Our attention to his Poor Me stuff is the oxygen he seeks.

  11. Ray arcade

    Apr 3, 2023 at 10:26 am

    You’re not a member – get over it.

    • PT73

      Apr 3, 2023 at 6:35 pm

      He’s an honorary member just like every other winner.

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‘I think that’s a mistake’ – Brandel Chamblee questions surprise Luke Donald decision at Ryder Cup



For the first time since 1993, the European team has chosen to open the Ryder Cup with Foursomes rather than Fourball.

When asked why he made the decision, European captain Luke Donald indicated that he wanted to get out to a “fast start”.

“It’s pretty simple really, we feel like as a team, statistically, we are stronger in foursomes within our team than we would be in fourballs.”

“Why not get off to a fast start? That’s it.”

However, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee has questioned the decision calling it a “mistake” on Golf Central.

“It is very important to win the first session from a momentum standpoint. But it’s significantly more important to lead after the first day. If you go back to 1997 to present, starting with fourballs allowed them to end with a strength on the first day, and mostly they’ve dominated in the foursomes.

“If you win the first session, you win the Ryder Cup about 60% of the time. But if you win the first day, you win 70% of the time. So in one fell swoop, he’s potentially thrown away a 10% chance, which is a monumental advantage given to the European side, and I think that’s a mistake.”

Team Europe shared their practice groups on Monday, giving a hint at what the potential pairings will be.

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Report: Solheim Cup star was dropped by captain on Friday afternoon for refusing to play with two of her teammates



According to a report, Celine Boutier asked for a partner change after her partner, Georgia Hall, underperformed during morning session of the Solheim Cup on Friday.

Boutier and Hall lost to the United States pairing of Andrea Lee and Danielle Kang one up.

Apparently, the European team captain Suzann Petterson obliged the request, and offered to put the Frenchwoman with Leona Maguire in the afternoon, but Boutier didn’t like that pairing either.

The report indicates that after Boutier refused to play with Maguire, she was sat by Petterson for the afternoon session. It did seem odd that one of Europe’s best players sat in the afternoon session after going down 4-0 after foursomes.

The report comes from Handicap 54 on X, who has gotten some interesting scoops in the past. His initial report told a similar version of the story without names.

“Well, now I will give the names of this story. At the same time, I take this opportunity to clarify a detail that I explained poorly, but it is a detail that does not affect the fact. Why didn’t I tell them until now? I wanted to wait for the celebrations, and I wanted to wait for the Golf Sin Tags friends to say it (@gfcgolf and@alexlarrazabal1), who I knew had the same information and were on the course (I considered them to have priority).”

“The issue went like this: Céline Boutier, after Friday morning, asked Suzann Pettersen to play with someone other than Hall. Pettersen told [Boutier] that [s]he would play with Maguire (I explained that detail poorly) and Boutier refused. Therefore, Pettersen decided that Boutier would not play on that Friday afternoon.”

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Scottie Scheffler working with renowned putting coach following year of struggles on the green



Scottie Scheffler is coming off one of the best ball striking seasons in the history of golf. The number one ranked player in the world had a solid season, coming away with both a PLAYERS Championship and a Waste Management Phoenix Open win. However, with the way he played from tee to green he would most certainly have liked to come away with a major or two.

For the season, the former Longhorn remarkably ranked 1st in Strokes Gained Total, Strokes Gained: Ball Striking, Strokes Gained: Off the Tee and Strokes Gained: Approach. Unfortunately, he also ranked 151st in Strokes Gained: Putting.

After Scheffler arrived in Rome for this week’s Ryder Cup, he was seen on the putting green practicing with putting coach Phil Kenyon. Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis has since indicated that the duo began working together last week in Dallas, Texas.

Kenyon also works with Europe’s Tommy Fleetwood, so the dynamic of working with players on both Ryder Cup teams this week should be interesting to monitor.

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