Masters chairman Billy Payne chastises Tiger Woods in address

Augusta — Augusta National Golf Club and Masters Tournament Chairman Billy Payne took Tiger Woods to task during his annual chairman’s address.

After comparing Woods the golfer to Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, Payne proceeded to chastise Woods the role model for his behavior off the course and toward fans.

“As he ascended in our rankings of the world’s great golfers, he became an example to our kids that success is directly attributable to hard work and effort,” Payne said during his opening remarks. “But as he now says of himself, he forgot in the process to remember that with fame and fortune comes responsibility, not invisibility. 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 we saw for our children.”

Payne seemed to be as bothered by how aloof Woods is in public as he was by his private transgressions.

“Certainly his future will never again be measured only by his performance against par, but measured by the sincerity in his efforts to change,” Payne said. “I hope he 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 other people.”

Payne, a UGA graduate and Atlanta native, also addressed several other subjects in his annual remarks, traditionally delivered the day before the Masters begins.

  • The new practice facility and Augusta National’s commitment to “the concept of perpetual improvement.”
  • Changes to the golf course, which includes lengthening the tees on No. 5 and No. 13, expanding the patron corridor between the No. 1 tee and the practice green and rebuilding the greens on Nos. 2 and 15 to encourage more players to try to reach the par-5 holes in two shots.
  • Broadcasting the tournament — and today’s Par-3 Contest — for the first time in 3D.
  • Sponsoring (along with the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in Great Britain) the Asian Amateur Championship. The winner is an automatic qualifer.

246 comments Add your comment

Canedawg

April 7th, 2010
4:33 pm

IMHO – points taken, however…

Political “gain” may have been (actually, it was) the wrong terminology. What I should have said was “any woman not joining for the reason of bringing attention to themselves and to the club” or “any woman not using this membership for a reason other than just wanting to join an exclusive golf club.” Both women you mentioned would not be joining Augusta to play golf. There would be motives – obvious motives – beyond golf.

No shot Hillary plays golf, man. Bill plays to get away from her, no doubt. The Oprah idea is more an more intriguing the more I think about it…

Politics is all about popularity, because popularity is power. I think anybody in politics is always looking for a way to become more popular.

Ed

April 7th, 2010
4:33 pm

it’s probably time for Tiger to drop golf for 12 months. He needs to hold a press conference and reveal openly how many women and over what time period because there are dozens. Each time another is discovered his wife and kids are spit on once again. If he could really be honest and transparent about the errors then there would be at the least that level of honesty so moving forward and sincere fresh start could begin with golf and the public. It may never happen at home. Or whatever home is left.

JUSTTHETRUTH

April 7th, 2010
4:33 pm

Payne did not ruin the olympics, Payne brought the olympics to Atlanta, thru the ACOG bid, the BLACK mayor turned it into the , his word, “Total african american experience”, which means cheap souvenir stands and tshirt vending and the occasional pimping on da side.

JUSTTHETRUTH

April 7th, 2010
4:35 pm

That same black mayor then went to FEDERAL PRISON, btw.

sq

April 7th, 2010
4:36 pm

Tiger is an entertainer. He plays golf to entertain us. But now we don’t see him as a golf player. We see him as an immoral man who got caught. He didn’t ‘make a mistake’. He was exposed as a person with little morals when it comes to the sanctity of marriage and family. He is still an entertainer, just in a freak-show kind of way.

Tiger Time

April 7th, 2010
4:37 pm

I noticed the picture of JFK and all those hoes on the boat in the Mediterranean got lost all of a sudden.

yes

April 7th, 2010
4:38 pm

Tiger Time

Along with Monica’s stained dress too

Dawgbone

April 7th, 2010
4:38 pm

Hello Who Cares…I have a nice southern drawl…that is the way southerners speak. If you require directions to 75 north, I will be more than happy to forward you a map..or do you know how to google?

sq

April 7th, 2010
4:38 pm

Enter your comments here

Tiger Time

April 7th, 2010
4:39 pm

Michael – is that true or are you making that up? LOL.

Canedawg

April 7th, 2010
4:40 pm

JTTruth –

Uh…

Really? Klan rally is over, buddy. South lost, racism is bad, morals are good, people are equal, pigment is not linked to character, etc…

Yuk Yuk

April 7th, 2010
4:42 pm

He’s a lawyer with a camera in his face – you expect less?. Beyond the green jacket his role is insignificant. His opinion doesn’t matter and he would be well served to keep it to himself. No one at Augusta National is a child’s role model (unless their father is playing there). Once again, Billy (flea market) Payne takes the opportunity to act like a self righteous bumpkin. Act like you have a little class Billy boy. Tiger’s private life is his private life and he will pay the consequences. If you’re that offended take him off the guest list. Southern hospitality isn’t about insulting your guests. This shouldn’t be a reality show.

tom

April 7th, 2010
4:43 pm

Mr Payne you are piling on. How inappropriate your comments are. Does it make you feel important to have jumped on the media bandwagon. If you say you are just answering a question, I say you could have been more diplomatic and passed on the opportunity. This week should be about the most important tournement of the year and you slandered it. Shame on you.

Michael

April 7th, 2010
4:44 pm

Billy Payne displayed himself as an ill mannered dolt in his “address” (I’m still laughing at that term – he’s not the president the the United States for Pete’s sake!). He is the head of an organization (Augusta National) that has a long record of bigotry and misogyny. Tiger Woods’ problems are his own and Billy Payne should have kept his arrogant mouth shut and not shown himself to be nothing more than a wealthy hick who most likely thinks that blacks are fine as along as they “know their place”.

NoWomenandMinorities Allowed

April 7th, 2010
4:44 pm

Billy Payne’s statement really have no bite or credibility, I havent heard him chastize his own club’s record on basic civil rights!How hypocritical of him. What kind of role model is he to his kids and grand kids. “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”… Are their any takers who can honestly throw one??

IMHO

April 7th, 2010
4:47 pm

Canedawg

Thank you for addressing JTTruths ignorance

Clowns like him sorely denigrate the decorum here

Canedawg

April 7th, 2010
4:48 pm

Here’s a quandry, then:

Anytime somebody steps up and calls somebody’s “morals” out, they get hammered for it. They are called judgmental, intolerant, etc.

Society has no moral compass – at least it doesn’t want one. Government can’t do it – too busy finger pointing. Schools sure as heck can’t do it. Spiritual groups can’t do it – they are labeled intolerant, old fashioned, or out of touch. More and more, “morality” is becoming what each individual says it is… and that has some spooky ramifications if you think about it.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

April 7th, 2010
4:50 pm

The people on this blog who are praising Billy Payne’s comments have no historical frame of reference as to all the crap that he did before and during the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. If you did then you’d understand why there are so many people posting on this blog that are stating that Billy needs to sit down and shut up.

Billy Payne is the VERY LAST PERSON that should be talking about the moral high ground on any topics/subjects, and especially not chastising another person’s “personal” actions. If parents are stupid enough to let their children grow up having professional athletes as their role model(s), then that is on the STUPID parents for allowing that to happen.

Susan

April 7th, 2010
4:51 pm

Billy Payne couldn’t AFFORD to get caught with one or more of his past women. He is so old it has probably been years since he has had any so he is more than likely just jealous therefore he feels the need to vent his frustrations. Don’t you just love those “holier than thou” jerks?

outspoken1

April 7th, 2010
4:53 pm

SHUT UP ALREADY! HIT THE DAMN BALL INTO THE DAMN HOLE AND SHUT UP ABOUT TIGER.

Thank you and may God Bless America!

Reality check

April 7th, 2010
4:59 pm

Who cares, needs to get a clue. This is there club and they will do whats best. PLease insight me on what he has done against fans. The womens issue is a club matter not a masters matter. Seeing that it is a private club again they set there only policies whether you are a fan of them or not

Dawglasville

April 7th, 2010
4:59 pm

Canedawg- You control what you can control. Take your children to church, be a good example to them, vote with your ballot and your money, love your neighbor and give until it hurts. Let the chips fall after that. Leave judgement to God. He is the only one who is qualified to judge anyway.

NoWomenandMinorities Allowed

April 7th, 2010
5:01 pm

we have cobecome a nation of finger pointers and blamers. When our kids fail it everyones fault except the student and the parent. education has and always will start at home. and education doesent stop when the child leaves school. Step up to the plate and be the parent and take responsibility when our kids fail. continue to educate aand teach morals at home. From everything I read Tiger had a great upbringing… he fell down and he will rebound. people, thats life. How can anyone of us judge someone when almost all of us have failed at something. Someone here said we all have our own moral beliefs and thats the truth. If we put as much effort in fixing ourselves as we do judging others what a great world this would be..”GO TIGER” I wish you a happy future. I am sure you’ve learned alot.

Eddie

April 7th, 2010
5:07 pm

What a hypocrite Billy is! Tiger shamed himself. Billy brought shame upon Atlanta, and the United States by his actions, when he, and his good friend Bill Campbell headed the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. He fought all sorts of charges made: Investigations into bribery, open records violations, and outright lying to get the initial bid. For a trip down memory lane, see: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3720/is_200111/ai_n8982874/

What a piece of work!

IMHO

April 7th, 2010
5:07 pm

Dawglasville & Canedawg

You two gents represent the dawg nation well – serious kudus guys

CMR, though i’ve never met him, seems to be of the same ilk as you two

Atlanta

April 7th, 2010
5:07 pm

Seriously, Mr. Billy Payne must be one perfect human being. He should given his advice to Tiger in private not air it out in public.

Pago Flyer

April 7th, 2010
5:08 pm

How dare he say something about the world’s greatest athlete!!!

reality

April 7th, 2010
5:11 pm

Billy Payne is a UGA grad…typical egotistical idiot.

Burks

April 7th, 2010
5:11 pm

Billy Payne let’s not be to quick to jude a book by its cover. You act as if you never did wrong and you are proably cheating now. There is no excuse for Tiger cheating on his wife and that is wrong. We could care less about his personal life we know him as a proffessional golfer and thats what we pay to see. His personal life belongs to him and his family not you,me and certainly Billy Payne!

JUSTTHETRUTH

April 7th, 2010
5:12 pm

not a “him” , and I notice you did not refute the FACTS (thus my name, JUSTTHEFACTS) and instead attack me. Liberals live on feelings. I don’t give a damn about anyone else’s feelings, truth is truth, no matter who it hurts.

yeah c'mone

April 7th, 2010
5:14 pm

Hahaha…this is America and Billy Payne can say whatever he wants, just like all of you. Augusta has enough fans and could care less what any of you think. Payne has an opinion, and stated how he sees it. I agree, it is none of our business what goes on in Tiger’s life, but if any of you don’t think children aren’t paying attention to things like this, then you are as dumb as a sack of rocks. Now go away and cry, you bunch of wussies!

yeah c'mone

April 7th, 2010
5:18 pm

Oh yeah, and the only reason he said it, is because Tiger is half black. I know that’s what it is. That’s got to be the reason. I saw him grit his teeth when he said tiger. He is so racist.

uapb11

April 7th, 2010
5:20 pm

I hate it when self-righteous do-gooders use kids’ feelings as a platform to cast judgment on others. I don’t recall anyone coming out and publicly saying Fuzzy Zoeller “let the kids down” when he made his comments years ago? I don’t recall anyone coming out publicly and saying John Daly “let the kids down” with this struggles with alcohol?

I bet if you asked 1,000 “kids” at random if they felt “let down” by Tiger Woods’ actions 999 of them would either: 1. Look at you like you were stupid and ask, “What actions?” 2. Pay you absolutely no attention.

The chairman of club as “exclusive” as Augusta National should never judge anyone’s character or sincerity.

How grimy is this of Mr. Payne to criticize the most popular golfer in the world who just happened to choose YOUR venue to make his highly-anticipated return. If Billy Payne is that bothered by Tiger, he ought to donate all revenue collected by Augusta National during the Masters to charity.

bvillebaron

April 7th, 2010
5:20 pm

NoWomenandMinoritiesAllowed, Michael and others:

Is there no end to liberals whining about what a private club does? I assume all of you are front and center complaining about the “injustice” of the exclusion of whites from private clubs or groups operated by blacks, other minorities or women, right?

Smart'nSouthern2

April 7th, 2010
5:21 pm

From a southerner, in the bible belt, here is buck and two cents: 1)Pride goes before a fall and 2)There is only one judge. Maybe if the world started living according to these principles, Tiger wouldn’t have himself in this mess. And Billy Payne wouldn’t feel it necessary to give his speech. That said, we live in the great beautiful America. Where we are free to speak our opinions and beliefs, in a southern drawl if we wish. Therefore, Billy has his right. And Tiger doesn’t have to care either. God Bless!!!

Bushwacker

April 7th, 2010
5:22 pm

To all you people who say his “game” is what matters, not his personal life.
You are showing your lack of intelligiance and obvioulsy don’t understand what Billy Payne is saying.

You see “character” is what GOLF IS ALL ABOUT!

His “game” which includes cursing and slamming clubs on the course is UNACCEPTABLE!

That along with his “I can do anything I want attitude” will leave his legacy some what lacking, just like the cheater and gambler Michael Jordan.

Character and HOW YOU LOSE are more important the how uou win!!

He will never reach the level of greatness reserved for Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Arnie, Jack and yes Billy Payne.

These were GREAT MEN, not just great golfers!!

If when I die they say I was half the man my father was, then I will have been a great man.

Of course YOU have to know who your is before you can say that!

Augusta Native

April 7th, 2010
5:22 pm

For those posts that think the Augusta National needs the money from Tiger playing, you are terribly uninformed. The Masters has been sold out since the early 1970s when they closed the waiting list for tickets. They don’t overcharge patrons because they don’t need the money. They limit the sponsorships and commercials on the CBS TV contract because they don’t need the money. Get the picture, they don’t need the money. They admitted Tiger because he qualified to play. Also there are black members. No women are members but they are allowed to play. It’s a PRIVATE club and can do anything they want to do. Last time I checked, private clubs still had some rights in America.

dirty sanchez

April 7th, 2010
5:25 pm

Tiger luvs white women, not one chocolate sister in his harem of hoes, sad…

Jeff

April 7th, 2010
5:29 pm

The only reason I watch golf is Tiger Woods. As I said before, I want lose sleep over golf or Augusta National.

Steve

April 7th, 2010
5:30 pm

Chip Shirley’s got a point. It wasn’t that long ago that the only way a black man could even set foot on the grounds of Augusta National was to serve iced tea or carry golf bags. And Billy Payne had to wait until NOW to make his feelings known? He couldn’t have signed up for the public flogging Tiger had to endure right after the story broke?

I hope Tiger wins and refuses to shake Billy’s hand at the awards ceremony. Of course he wouldn’t do that; Tiger has more respect for The Masters tournament than Billy Payne himself.

mack the knife

April 7th, 2010
5:33 pm

By all means all you Tiger jock sniffers please step up and shoot the messenger. How dare he attack your idol- how dare he tell the truth about how Tiger has let down the sport itself in addition to our children and grandchildren. But you hicks don’t want to hear it- hey he’s just a man. You could care less, etc. That says much more about you than it does about Tiger. So sad. Absolutely no morals.

Jeff

April 7th, 2010
5:34 pm

Are you telling me that these so called “men of integrity” never cheated on their wifes, hit their children or gambled? If you are telling me this, how do you know. Were you there? Tiger made terrible mistakes and he is paying for them. I hope he wins the whole damn thing just to spite you!

The Toad

April 7th, 2010
5:36 pm

If Tigers wife needs company this weekend just call.

mack the knife

April 7th, 2010
5:36 pm

Bushwacker Amen pal. Well said. What is so amazing is that to the millions of Tiger worshippers- what you are saying does not resonate with them at all. The lack of class means nothing. The lack of good sportsmanship and losing gracefully. It means nothing to them. They have been taught well by their”icon”-Tiger.

Paul (you doesn't have to call me Johnson)

April 7th, 2010
5:39 pm

Golf has always been a game of Gentlemen from Bobby Jones to Jack Nicklaus and beyond. I guess a Green Jacket does not make you a Gentleman, but Tiger has changed all of that.

It's About Time

April 7th, 2010
5:42 pm

You go, Billy Payne. It’s about damn time somebody spoke up and told the world that Tiger’s behavior was inexcusable. It almost seemed to me in hearing him speak, that he was saying to Tiger, in essence, “clean up your act, or don’t come back here again.” I LOVE IT!!! That’s the Augusta National doing what they have always done—telling the world that the Masters Tournament is THEIR tournament, and they will run it the way they damn well please, and if the rest of the world doesn’t like it, then to hell with them.

mack the knife

April 7th, 2010
5:43 pm

The jury is still out on whether Tiger can change his spots and change the man that he obviously has been. But as of right now- to millions of golf fans; Tiger is not held in the same esteem as Arnie, Jack, Gary, Snead, Byron, Hogan, Trevino, etc. That’s just the way it is .

It's About Time

April 7th, 2010
5:47 pm

mack the knife, even before all this brouhaha, Tiger wasn’t held in the same esteem as those guys. He was certainly respected as one of, if not, the greatest golfers or all time, but from a personality/class point of view, he has never held a candle to the likes of those you mentioned, or many others either.

SMITTYSTHEMAN

April 7th, 2010
5:48 pm

Well said “Augusta native”. I don’t play golf very often but I love the game and I look forward to watching the Masters every year. All the women’s rights groups that cry about Augusta National being a male-only club should get a life. You don’t see us protesting to get in clubs, organizations, etc. that are exclusively set up for women only, do you? I’m sure women enjoy the exclusive company of their felllow females and they should have that right. I’m sure Augusta National was founded by a bunch of guys that wanted to spend time together in a fraternal way — play some golf, have a cold one, sit around and try to solve the day’s problems, etc. It’s nice for both men and women to spend time exclusively with those of like gender. Augusta National is a private club — they have that right. Any women’s group has the same rights, so get over it and let them have their fun! Geez!

It's About Time

April 7th, 2010
5:48 pm

I have attended the Masters tournament every year since 1956, and the roar of the crowd for Tiger pales in comparison to that which I heard for Arnie, Jack, and Gary during their heydays.