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Gary Player’s son was disqualified from the Masters for life after a golf ball stunt

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The son of the nine-time major champion gary player has announced that he has been disqualified from attending the master.

Wayne Player, who failed to make 17 appearances on the PGA Tour in his own playing career, was disfellowshipped Augusta National for this year’s event after sparking controversy during the 2021 ceremonial tee.

As his father’s caddy, Player held a box of prominently branded golf balls over Lee Elder’s shoulder in an apparent marketing attempt.

Elder, who became the first black player in tournament history in 1975, had been recognized for his place in Masters history and golf and performed next to it for the first time Jack Nicklaus and the older player at the first tee.

“I had probably 50 text messages after that, 40 of them saying I’m a marketing genius, 10 saying, ‘What the hell were you thinking?'” Wayne Player to GolfDigest, and revealed he was asked to leave the event last year and has since been banned. “It wasn’t premeditated, but it was a cheesy thing.

“Well, they say there is no such thing as bad publicity. I have found that this is not entirely true.

“I don’t mind letting people know. To be totally transparent, I think it’s a cool story because the National never really came out officially and said, “Oh, we’re not allowing Wayne Player to go back to the Masters.” They never told the media that. That’s exactly how they do it. You don’t say much.”

older passed away in November at the age of 87.

The player admits that he understands why his actions were so heavily criticized given the importance of Elder’s presence and confirms that he spoke to Elder after the event to apologize.

“I understand why people took offense at it,” Player said. “Jack [Nicklaus]the Golden Bear himself said to me, ‘What do you think?’

“I said, ‘You know, Jack, you’re right.’ You must be held accountable when you make mistakes.

“I have Lee’s cell phone number. I called and said, ‘You know, Lee, I love you guys.’ You know, everyone said I was disrespectful to Elder for a special moment. I said I’m sorry and I didn’t want to take up his special time. And he said, ‘Wayne, you know how much I love you. Right?’ It didn’t occur to him. It’s important for people to know.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/golf/gary-player-son-masters-ban-augusta-b2070347.html Gary Player’s son was disqualified from the Masters for life after a golf ball stunt

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