Player accuses son of trying to sell his trophies without permission

Golf legend Gary Player accuses son Marc of trying to sell his trophies and memorabilia without his permission – months after his other son Wayne revealed he’s banned from The Masters for a marketing stunt during a tribute to Lee Elder at Augusta

  • Gary Player released the remarkable statement on his Twitter page on Monday
  • The 86-year-old said that he is trying to recover the items that are being sold
  • Player’s other son, Wayne, revealed in May he is banned from The Masters

Golf legend Gary Player has dramatically accused his son Marc of putting his trophies and memorabilia for sale on an auction site without his permission.

Player, 86, published a statement on Twitter on Monday and said that he has taken action to recover the items.

‘I would like to draw the public’s attention to the fact that several trophies and other pieces of memorabilia that form part of my legacy have been put up for auction by my son and ex-manager, Marc,’ the statement says.

‘These items belong to me and I have taken action to recover them. I have placed no items for sale – whether by auction or otherwise.’

Player faced a similar situation in 2020, when Golden Age Golf Auctions listed eight of his trophies – including his first Masters title in 1978  – on its website. 

Player said they appeared without his permission but it is not know who put them there.

Gary Player has accused his son Mark (left – pictured together in 2006) of auctioning of his trophies and memorabilia without his permission 

Player, pictured in July in Scotland, said that he is trying to recover the items up for sale 

Back in 2020, Gary Player won a $5 million legal dispute against against Marc in what GolfDigest reported were unpaid royalties from The Gary Player Group which was run by Marc.

Player also reportedly received the rights to his name and likeness back from that company. 

During his career, Player won nine major titles – three Masters, two PGA Championships, one US Open and three British Opens. He also had 24 tournament victories on the PGA Tour.

This is not the first time one of Player’s sons have been involved in controversy.

In May, Wayne Player revealed he has been banned for life from the Masters for a tacky ambush marketing stunt while a tribute was being paid to Lee Elder at the 2021 honorary starters ceremony.

Acting as a caddie, Wayne Player was on the first tee for the ceremony with his father, Jack Nicklaus and Elder – the first African-American to play in the Masters. During a speech from chairman Fred Ridley in tribute to Elder, Wayne Player, who was stood behind him, held up a packet of golf balls with its brand on show.

Elder’s poor health meant he was unable to play a tee shot, as is tradition in the ceremony, alongside Gary Player and Nicklaus. He died six months later, in November 2021.

Player Senior was criticized at this year’s Masters event for wearing a Golf Saudi logo during the ceremony.

The nine-time major champion is a Golf Saudi ambassador and launched a defence of Phil Mickelson, who was missed the tournament after backing a proposed breakaway Saudi golf league despite describing them as ‘scary mother*******’ and saying they ‘have a horrible record on human rights’.

Wayne Player (right) says he has been banned for life from the Masters for holding up a packet of golf balls by Lee Elder (centre) during a tribute to him in the honorary starters ceremony

Gary Player (right) was criticized for wearing Golf Saudi attire during this year’s ceremony

Player said: ‘I have a special thought on Phil Mickelson. I think we live in a time now when we are such a judgmental society, a litigious society, a critical society, where people get crucified.

‘The greatest PR man on the golf Tour in the last five or X amount of years has been Phil Mickelson. He has been the ideal man for a sponsor, for professional golf, for the public, the way he’s handled the public, with dignity and with love.

‘And he makes a mistake, which every one of you in this room have made a damn mistake. We all have. And he said he’s sorry. But even the Lord God will forgive you of your iniquities if you ask for forgiveness.

‘He said terrible things, but we all make mistakes. Hold your head up high. You’ve made a mistake. Everybody makes a mistake. And he should go on with his life.’

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