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Gary Player belives Garrick Higgo is "DESTINED FOR GREATNESS"

Golf legend Gary Player believes his compatriot Garrick Higgo is "destined for greatness" after watching the 22-year-old clinch his maiden PGA Tour title at the Palmetto Championship in just his second career start on the circuit. Higgo carded a final-round 68 at Congaree Golf Club to seal a narrow one-shot...
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Gary Player Reacts To His Son’s Controversy At The Masters

Legendary golfer Gary Player has addressed his son’s controversial marketing stunt at The Masters earlier this month. Player’s son was criticized for his stunt at the opening ceremony of The Masters, which paid tribute to Lee Elder, the first Black golfer in tournament history. Wayne Player, the son of the legendary golfer, was seen holding up a sleeve of golf balls throughout the ceremony.
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Gary Player says son was 'wrong' for guerrilla marketing at Masters, but won't say if he's banned

The 2021 Masters ended with the first Japanese player, Hideki Matsuyama, joining the exclusive club of green jacket winners, but it started with a son of one of its global champions potentially being banned from the grounds. It is still unclear whether Wayne Player, son of Gary Player, received a permanent ban for his crowbarred marketing attempt during the honorary starters ceremony. But Gary Player did address the controversy that erupted in an interview with Ann Liguori of WFAN.

Gary Player opens up on son’s golf ball stunt at 2021 Masters

Gary Player’s son, Wayne, caused outrage at the honorary tee shot ceremony at the 2021 Masters after engaging in perceived guerrilla marketing during the introduction of Lee Elder. Wayne held up a sleeve of golf balls from a company which his father Gary has been an ambassador of since 2019...
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Why the Son of 3-Time Masters Champ Gary Player Has Been Banned From Augusta National

One of the many longstanding traditions at The Masters is the honorary starter’s ceremony that annually kicks things off at Augusta National, a tradition that officially began in 1963. 24-time PGA Tour winner and three-time Masters champion Gary Player has been part of the ceremony for 10 years now and was joined on the first tee this past week by his youngest son, Wayne, who made a complete fool of himself as Augusta National was honoring Lee Elder, the first Black man to ever compete in the tournament, and has now apparently been banned from The Masters due to his actions.
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Lee Elder joins Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player to open Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- As the sun peeked over the tall Georgia pines on Thursday morning, Lee Elder joined Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as honorary starters on the first tee at Augusta National Golf Club for the 85th edition of the Masters. Elder, 86, was driven to the No. 1...

Masters holes: Augusta National’s par-4 5th hole, explained by Gary Player

In the 65 years since the Masters Tournament was first televised, golf fans have seen every inch of Augusta National’s beauty in high-def close-up. What you’ve never seen is the course — hole by hole, tee box by tee box — through the eyes of 18 living Masters champions, from Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Dustin Johnson, Ben Crenshaw and beyond. Until now. Eighteen holes, 18 winners, 18 ways of seeing Augusta National anew.
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Masters 2021 ceremonial tee shot: Lee Elder dignified as Honorary Starter with Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A man who will not hit a single shot at the 2021 Masters this year stole the show at Augusta National on Thursday morning. Lee Elder -- the first Black man to play in the Masters back in 1975 -- was honored by Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley, active star golfers and a cadre of patrons on the first tee as Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hit their ceremonial tee shots.

Emotional Lee Elder joins Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus on first tee at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Lee Elder joined Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player just after dawn Thursday at Augusta National to begin the 85th Masters with a historic ceremony. Elder, 86, was the first Black player to participate in the Masters in 1975 and he was added to the ceremonial threesome this year alongside Nicklaus and Player. Although he wasn’t able to hit the traditional tee shot because of health issues, the four-time PGA Tour winner savored what he called an “emotional experience.”