Gary Player’s son was banned from the Augusta National Golf Club for his shocking golf ball stroke during the traditional honorary departure ceremony at the Masters on Thursday.
Wayne Player, 58, was caught advertising a round of golf balls as Augusta National President Fred Ridley gave his speech on Lee Elder, the first black golfer to play at the Masters in 1975.
Elder, 86, joined record-breaking 18 major champions Jack Nicklaus, 81, and nine-time major winner Gary Player, as honorary starters for the 85th Masters.
Sadly, Elder couldn’t shoot the first tee for health reasons, but it was an incredibly special moment to watch nonetheless.
It was just a shame he was somewhat spoiled by Wayne Player’s disrespectful shot holding a round of OnCore golf balls.
WATCH WHAT HAPPENED HERE
– The Masters (@TheMasters) April 8, 2021
As a result of his actions, Wayne Player has now been banned from Augusta National and the Masters, according to his brother Marc.
âWayne has since been properly banned from the Augusta National and The Masters tournaments,â Marc Player tweeted.
“What a pity. What an embarrassment. What a bad decision to allow him on the first tee after years of similar shenanigans. My apologies to all.”
I can’t think of a tournament in recent history that has had a more contrasting start and end. pic.twitter.com/mED73R1tSN
– Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) April 12, 2021
Wayne Player was arrested in 2019 on charges of fraud in connection with a rental agreement he entered into for accommodation at the 2018 Masters.
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