“It’s terribly, terribly sad” – Gary Player lashes out at Augusta National feeling unwelcomed at event
Despite His Contributions, Gary Player Feels Unwelcome at Augusta National Golf Club
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Gary Player, the South African golf legend, is known for his incredible achievements on the golf course. He has won nine majors and is one of only five golfers to have won all four of golf’s modern majors. However, despite his illustrious career and his contribution to the game of golf, Player feels unwelcome at Augusta National Golf Club, the site of the Masters tournament.
Player has been an honorary member of Augusta National since 1961, and he has won the Masters three times in his career. However, despite his long-standing relationship with the club, he has expressed his disappointment with the way he is treated when he visits.
In an interview with The Times, Player said “After all I’ve contributed to the tournament and been an ambassador for them, I can’t go and have a practice round there with my three grandchildren without having to beg a member to play with us, and there’s always some excuse. It’s terribly, terribly sad,”
For someone who has contributed so much to the game of golf, it is disheartening to hear that Player feels unwelcome at Augusta National. He is not the first golfer to express his displeasure with the club’s policies, but his comments have brought the issue to the forefront once again. As an honorary member of the club, he should be given access to the facilities without having to jump through hoops to do so.
Gary Player’s frustration at Augusta National
In a Daily Mail interview last week, Gary Player also shared his thoughts on the best major tournaments, where he ranked the Masters fourth. While he acknowledges that he’s received a lot of love from fans and the golf community throughout his career, he also talked about the challenges he’s faced. “There’s no golfer who’s ever had a tougher life than I have,” he said. “I’ve done remarkable things.”
Despite his status as an honorary member, Gary Player has expressed his frustration with Augusta National Golf Club’s policies. The worst thing about the club, according to Player, is his inability to come and play a round of golf with his friends. This is a rule that he wishes would change, and he has made his displeasure known.
Player’s frustration with the club has boiled over, and he has spoken out about it in an interview with The Times. He says that it is sad that he has to beg for a round at the place where he is an honorary member. He feels that he has played his role in making the tournament what it is and that he deserves to be treated with more respect.
Despite his frustration over the access restrictions, Gary Player will join Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson as an honorary starter at the 2023 Masters, an event that he treasures. However, he believes that Augusta National should do more to make honorary members feel welcome at the club. “If it wasn’t for the players, (Augusta) would just be another golf course in Georgia,” he said. “I helped make this tournament what it is.”
Gary Player’s comments have shed light on the issues surrounding Augusta National Golf Club’s policies. As an honorary member and a three-time Masters champion, he has contributed a lot to the tournament’s success, and he should be welcomed with open arms when he visits the club.
It is time for the club to re-examine its policies and make changes to ensure that all members, especially those who have contributed so much to the game of golf, feel welcome and appreciated. The Masters tournament is a special event, and it is important that the club treats all its members with the respect they deserve.
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