Gary Player disappointed with treatment at Augusta National: It's terribly sad

“I’ve played my role: I’ve won it three times; I was in the top ten 15 times"

by Sead Dedovic
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Gary Player disappointed with treatment at Augusta National: It's terribly sad

It seems that Gary Player is not satisfied with the way he is being treated at Augusta National Golf Club. Specifically, this legendary golfer is saddened by the fact that in order to play one round at Augusta, he has to beg the organizers to let him play.

Garry Player has given a lot to this tournament and golf in general. Ingratitude on their part especially irritates him. “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,” Player told The Times, as quoted by golfmonthly.com

Augusta National success

He just achieved a lot of success in Augusta. “I’ve played my role: I’ve won it three times; I was in the top ten 15 times; I made the most number of cuts in a row ever, yet here we are struggling to get a round.

That’s why I rate the Open No 1. If it wasn’t for the players, (Augusta) would just be another golf course in Georgia. It’s just sad - and I put great emphasis on the word ‘sad’ - that Augusta don’t make you feel welcome in that regard, because I helped make this tournament what it is”.

However, Player is happy about the constant support he receives. Such things make him happy. “I’ve had phenomenal support. I don’t think there’s anybody on this planet who gets more love than me,” he added.

“There’s no golfer who’s ever had a tougher life than I have. I’ve won more tournaments than any man alive. I’ve won more national Opens than Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer put together. I’ve done remarkable things”.

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