Wayne Player, son of Gary Player, banned for life from Masters for golf ball stunt
Wayne Player, son of golf legend Gary Player, has confirmed he was banned from Augusta National for an improper marketing stunt.
Last year, as The Masters paid tribute to Lee Elder, the first black man to compete in the major, Wayne promoted a brand of golf balls prominently on screen.
This week, he opened up about the situation for golf summary.
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“Well, they say there’s no bad publicity,” Wayne said.
“I found out that’s not quite true.
“I got probably 50 texts after that, 40 of them saying I’m a marketing genius, 10 saying, ‘What the hell were you thinking?’ It wasn’t premeditated, but it was a sticky thing.
He claimed he made amends with Lee Elder before he died aged 87 last year.
“I have Lee’s cell number. I called and said, ‘You know, Lee, I love you guys.’ You know, everyone said I was disrespectful to Elder at a special time. I said I was sorry, and I didn’t want to take his special time. And he said, ‘Wayne, you know how much I love you. To the right?’ It didn’t cross his mind. It’s important that people know.
Player also weighed in on the controversy over his father, three-time Masters champion Gary Player, wearing a “Golf Saudi” logo promoting the controversial Saudi Golf League in Augusta this year.
“We can judge, you know, the Arab nation for the traditions they have. I mean, where women are not allowed to walk around like we know women can walk around, they have to have a cape on their head. I mean, I don’t know, it’s not for me to criticize them, you know? said the young player.
“I mean, look, they’re very tough on law and order, you know, and they do everything that would be considered barbaric there, right. That’s what (Phil Mickelson) basically said.
“I just know my dad was thrilled, you know, to be part of the growth of the game of golf in Saudi Arabia.
“I mean he loves golf course design. He’s always enjoyed it. He’s designed over 170 golf clubs and he’s a statesman. He always tries to help everyone, so no one should ever criticize Gary Player.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been reproduced with permission