Gary Player doesn’t seem quite sure what Augusta should do with his son.

The golfing legend first commented on the ball controversy that erupted at the Masters opening ceremony last week.

Wayne Player wielded a round of balls in a guerrilla marketing stunt as Lee Elder was honored as the first black golfer to compete in the Masters. After the video went viral, Gary’s other son, Marc, berated Wayne and claimed his brother had been banned from Augusta.

“It was wrong,” Gary Player said on WFAN’s “Talking Golf” with Ann Liguori. “And I said to Augusta, ‘Look, a man has to take his punishment. If he does something wrong and you don’t want him to come back here, then block him. This is what you have to do.

However, Player has not confirmed whether Wayne was actually banned and the Georgia Golf Club has been silent on the matter.

“Let me tell you that Augusta did a lot of things that a lot of people also don’t like over the course of history,” Player said.

Lee Elder, Wayne Player and Gary Player at the Masters Opening Ceremony on April 8, 2021
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The incident brought to light the messy story of Player’s sons, who are separated from each other. Wayne was arrested for refusing checks to rent a house in 2018 in the Augusta area, while Marc’s company was sued by Gary in which the golfer won $ 5 million and the rights to his name and his image.

“I don’t think he did it maliciously,” Gary said of Wayne. “Basically he was saying to his friends, ‘My dad will play this ball.’ And I think his friends didn’t believe it because it’s not a bullet in the market.

Gary has confirmed that Wayne and Elder, who were seen laughing and talking together during the ceremony, have a strong relationship that was not marred by the bullet.

“Lee Elder is a very dear friend of Wayne, a very dear friend,” Player said. “He even called Lee Elder and Lee Elder said, ‘Don’t worry about that. My God, I have always loved you and you have always loved me.