Billy Payne - Augusta Club Chairman, speaking on behalf of Augusta and The Master's released this statement:
“He forgot in the process (of becoming the world’s best golfer) that with fame and fortune comes responsibility, not invisibility,” Payne said.
“It is not simply the degree of his conduct that is so egregious here; it is the fact that he disappointed all of us, and more importantly, our kids and our grandkids.
“Our hero did not live up to the expectations of the role model we saw for our children.
“Certainly, his future will never again be measured only by his performance against par, but measured by the sincerity of his efforts to change.
“I hope he now realizes that every kid he passes on the course wants his swing, but would settle for his smile.
“I hope he can come to understand that life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who bring joy to the lives of other people.
“We at Augusta hope and pray that our great champion will begin his new life here tomorrow in a positive, hopeful and constructive manner, but this time with a significant difference from the past. This year, it will not be just for him, but for all of us who believe in second chances.”
Now, I'm not one to judge... normally. But is this the largest pile of crap you have ever heard?
Coming from a guy who is the chair of a club that has fought over and over again to keep minorities and women from not just playing, but even being a member?
Tiger has been the Master's only attraction in the last 10 years and this guy all of a sudden wants to get moral on everyone. I don't know whether to laugh or throw up. This has got to be the best example of hypocrisy I've seen in a very long time.
I'm not giving Tiger a pass here. I'm not defending him against these statements either, but who in the hell does this guy think he is? I hope Tiger wins and then holds his hand out to shake the grandchild of Billy Payne, only to pull it back and out of reach when the kid reaches out. Tiger should be looking at Payne, and say SIKE!