Wayne Player, the son of golf icon Gary Player, has been banned from Augusta and future Masters events after his attempted “ambush marketing” at the teeing off ceremony last week.
Wayne was playing the caddy role for his father last Thursday when he was invited to play the competition alongside Jack Nicklaus and Lee Elder – the first black golfer to play in Augusta in 1975.
He was criticized after spending most of the ceremony holding a bundle of golf balls in his hand, made by OnCore.
Wayne Player (second from left) was banned from Augusta National and The Masters
Wayne could see moving the bullets firing when Lee Elder was introduced to the crowd
The incident was picked up by viewers and commentators at the time, which led Wayne to post an apology via Golf Digest, stating, “The only thought from then on was that it would be cool for them. fans to know what ball my dad was playing with. .
“This is where it ends. If I have hurt people’s feelings then I am so sorry and hope they will forgive me.
However, her brother Marc has since taken to Twitter to condemn her actions.
And in doing so, he appeared to confirm that Wayne had been banned from Augusta and the Masters.
Wayne held a bundle of OnCore golf balls for much of the Masters opening ceremony
After CBS golf writer Kyle Porter comments on the difference between the start and the end of the tournament – highlighting the disparity of Wayne’s ambush and champion Hideki Matsuyama’s caddy Shota Hayafuji, bowing on the latter green – Marc replied, “Okay.
“Wayne has since been properly banned from the Augusta National and The Masters tournament.
‘Too bad. What an embarrassment. What a bad decision to give him the first tee after years of similar shenanigans.
“My apologies to everyone.
Marc Player condemned his brother’s actions, while claiming he was banned. Marc also opened up about the 2018 incident, which saw his brother arrested for fraud
OnCore has since released its own statement to claim no prior knowledge of the stunt that Wayne pulled off the first tee.
“We are aware of the criticism that has been raised following Wayne Player’s presentation of our product at this morning’s ceremonial tee shot at the Masters, specifically the introduction of Lee Elder, one of the pioneers of golf, ”CEO Keith Blakely wrote.
“We did not ask or ask Mr. Player to have our ball handle visible during the ceremony and we are sorry if his actions caused any offense or distracted from the wonderful recognition given to Mr. Elder. “
This is not the first time Wayne Player has caused controversy in Augusta. In 2019, he was arrested and held for five days in a Georgia jail cell after his check for Master’s rental accommodation in 2018 rebounded.
Describing his experience, he told Golf Channel: “I had five days and five nights of hell. I was jailed 22 hours a day. It was not a pleasant experience.