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

Who Cares??

April 7th, 2010
2:14 pm

Who cares what Billy Bob Payne says – he probably has a couple of floozies on the side himself. And the Augusta National Golf Club does not exactly have a stellar record when it comes to treatment of fans or the treatment of women

vader

April 7th, 2010
2:15 pm

The typos are a result of: Typing from a phone!!!

Mrs. G

April 7th, 2010
2:17 pm

And this comes from someone who didn’t want blacks to be able to enjoy the Augusta National Golf Course as a member. Please be your own child/grand child’s role model.

Canedawg

April 7th, 2010
2:20 pm

Can’t assume everybody is a piece of crap in private just because some people are… And just because this guy talks with a southern draw doesn’t mean he hasn’t earned the right to be heard. Obviously some people think he has because his comments were posted on this site.

Not sure what you mean by “treatment of fans…” Nice place with wonderfully nice people. And they treat a lot of women very well, just not like some think they should be treated…

Canedawg

April 7th, 2010
2:21 pm

Not sure where religion or politics was mentioned in Mr. Payne’s comments…

Canedawg

April 7th, 2010
2:23 pm

By the way, most of the people who assume that all people of faith are Catholic kind of don’t get it…

Glass

April 7th, 2010
2:23 pm

Tiger, We see through you now.
End of speech.
Billy Payne

Who Cares??

April 7th, 2010
2:25 pm

By “treatment of women” I mean allowing women equal rights of membership!!

ziza

April 7th, 2010
2:26 pm

how totally inappropriate. let him who is without sin cast the first stone, mr payne. and no STILL no women at the masters? ignorant hypocrite.

washedup

April 7th, 2010
2:30 pm

I applaud Mr. Payne for actually telling the truth about Mr. Untouchable. He made millions portraying himself as a moral, family man while deceiving his wife and the public. It’s about time someone really called him out on his behavior. Everyone else seems to be afraid of him. As for the treatment of fans, obviously the poster above has never been to Augusta National. That’s the most fan-friendly venue in sports. Period.

Who Cares??

April 7th, 2010
2:32 pm

And let’s not debate the intelligence quotient of someone with a southern drawl

Canedawg

April 7th, 2010
2:34 pm

Lot of ways to “mistreat” women… Some would argue that “not allowing them in a private club” and abusing them emotionally and physically are both “mistreating” them.

Now, I would argue that Augusta is not really “private” since it is the most well known golf club in the world, so that rationale for not allowing them in has long since run its course…

And I think that as soon as the number of billionaire women in the world increase, the number of women member’s of Augusta might actually reach “1.” I think Augusta is more of a reflection of all of society and $$$, and less of a reflection of the “political and social right” as it has always been characterized. The membership there is driven MUCH MORE by socio-economic descrimination than it is gender and race (although I am not stupid enough to realize it exists) – just like society.

Kevin

April 7th, 2010
2:34 pm

Typo’s, ignorance and stupidity…oh my! The ‘tolerant’ ones on this board don’t realize that they are the ones judging Billy Payne for things he didn’t even say. Things they just assumed he said. Billy has been chairman of Augusta since 2006. Augusta National admitted its first African-American member in 1990! And what does Catholicism have to do with the Masters!

Dan

April 7th, 2010
2:35 pm

And from central casting we have a pompous gasbag passing judgment on others. Nice to know the man who headed up the 1996 Olympics/County Fair with all of its dysfunctions and Augusta National are so self-confident about not having any shortcomings that they can put out bilge such as this.

Tiger Woods treated fans like crap and behaved like an immature fool on the golf course long before last Thanksgiving – where was Saint Billy with his concerns before the wheels came off the sport’s gravy train?

Dwayne

April 7th, 2010
2:36 pm

Do not judge. Thank You.

Canedawg

April 7th, 2010
2:37 pm

Every accent of every language on the planet has its representatives on both ends of the intelligence spectrum. Those with a southern draw have both, just like those with a western draw and those with a northern accent. Heard ‘em all, and seen “stupid” and “brilliant” alike…

Y'all are idiots

April 7th, 2010
2:38 pm

The Augusta National is a PRIVATE club meaning they can let in who they want, when they want. It is not a RIGHT to be a member of ANGC, it is a PRIVILEDGE. Get over yourselves and them letting in blacks or women. This a free country and if a private entity was to exclude (or more correctly, not INCLUDE) anyone, it is their RIGHT. What a bunch of bafoons. The said thing is y’all vote AND reproduce. God Bless this Country!!

Mikey

April 7th, 2010
2:39 pm

Great job Billy, now you have pissed him off and he will have a bigger chip on his shoulder.
I guess if he forgets to call the crowd “patrons” and talks about the back nine instead of the “second nine” that will draw some more inappropriate and untimely comments?

The man has apologized.
The man is trying to repair the damage with his wife. anything more than that is NONE OF OUR BUSINESS.
Geez!!!

not a fan

April 7th, 2010
2:40 pm

I love Billy Payne’s comments….I could not have said it better myself!!!!!!

PayneInDaAzz

April 7th, 2010
2:40 pm

Here we go again people. There is a saying……”Those that live in glass houses should not throw stones” if anyone out here can afford to do a thorough background check on this idiot Payne, I beg of you…PLEASE DO IT NOW.

Bob

April 7th, 2010
2:40 pm

Are you shocked that Tiger cheated OFF the course, when he has cheated ON the course? Yeah, move that boulder for Tiger. CHEATER.

Mark

April 7th, 2010
2:41 pm

Mr.Payne implies that HE is perfect and a saint, very hypocritical, easy to chastise and criticize….what impresses me more is the ability to forgive, give a human being a second chance and move on to the future…..Mr.Payne, the genteel southerner, has reaped the rewards that Tiger has brought, quit being holier than thou

foodfight

April 7th, 2010
2:41 pm

Just by looking at the AJC photos of the Masters, you wouldn’t know that there are any golfers, other than tiger (not capatalized on purpose) in Augusta.

Who Cares??

April 7th, 2010
2:42 pm

Hey Y’all – maybe you should take a spelling class!! I guess you prove my point about southern drawls:) I have another one for you – what do Y’all’s kids call Y’all’s sister?? Answer: MAMA!!

RenaP

April 7th, 2010
2:45 pm

I agree with joetheplumber. He’s a golfer for Christ sakes. Why do we expect our athletes to show such high values – but they aren’t required by our politicians or religious leaders.

AlphaDog

April 7th, 2010
2:45 pm

Hey Billy, it’s kinda late to start piling on Tiger. Where were you before Tiger decided to make his comeback at your little event? BTW, what’s the forecast for TV ratings this week?

PW

April 7th, 2010
2:45 pm

Oh please people I’ve never heard anyone publically chastize John Daly for his drunkeness both on and off the course, his fighting, nothing – but Tiger cheats on his wife and suddenly he needs to be flogged at every turn. Get over yourselves. He is an athlete who cheated on his wife. How many woman, where, when – none of that is anyone’s business. He made a mistake within his marriage and that is the only place he needs to be dealt with. Get over it folks and move on.

Beautiful Billy P

April 7th, 2010
2:47 pm

Well said Mr Payne. Yes you have the ignorant buffoons on here that lack class, manners, respect and
education who hate your words. They show their ignorance and hatred with their replies.
Tiger messed up, but the ignorant that idolize him still want to pimp him out as a role model.
These are the same people who cry their child is innocent when little Leroy robs, steals, beats his wife etc.
Instead of applauding your words they look for negatives that aren’t their.
And as for ignorant Mrs G,
Just as you are allowed to deny entry of anyone in your PRIVATE RESIDENCE so is any private club allowed to let who they want to enter or not enter.
Get over it!

Bee

April 7th, 2010
2:47 pm

I hope it comes down to a play off with Tiger and some no named golfer and the no namer wins! I just wish everyone would shut up about it! Give me a million dollars when I was that age and see how screwed up I could get!!!! You holier than thou folks needs to just shut up! I’m sure you’ve never done anything wrong!

Kendall

April 7th, 2010
2:47 pm

Well said Mr. Payne,

Canedawg

April 7th, 2010
2:47 pm

Wow… Quickly becoming a “let’s make ourselves feel better by making fun of others” thread…

SD Dawg

April 7th, 2010
2:48 pm

I am really surprised Payne would even bother to address this. Really not his place. If he (and other Augusta National members) felt so strongly about it, they could have not invited Tiger. But then again, they know they stand to gain more financially with him there. I would also doubt that most National members aren’t exactly saints.

As for the rant above about the Catholic Church….???? The sex abuse scandal got A LOT of attention and still does today. Wasn’t exactly swept under the rug. My guess is that you just hate Catholics which makes you so less a bigot than you probably think Republican Catholics are.

GET REAL!!!!!

April 7th, 2010
2:48 pm

The parents should be the role models for there own children. Parents are the one that should be setting the examples for there OWN CHILDREN. Stop expecting other imperfect people to do your job. YOUR children live with you, and see everything that you are doing. Besides those women who had sex with him knew that he was marry, and had children. What are you people saying about that!!!! He did not have sex by his self.

Dawglasville

April 7th, 2010
2:49 pm

Joetheplumber- “Son is that Holy Water on your shirt”. Not exactly Dad!!!!!!hahahalol. Is child molestation funny to you? Billy Payne has a beef with Tiger and your response it to make fun of children being violated by grown men. In the same way you point out that Augusta National, the media, and the Catholic church practices great injustices on certain groups, you appear to be doing the same thing. I guess since you hide behind a blog name that makes it OK.

Chip Shirley

April 7th, 2010
2:49 pm

Let Bill Payne go down in history as the most hypocritical stupid phony moron bozo to ever set foot on a golf course.

The Masters is the most racist and bigoted institution in sports.

The Augusta National Disgrace Country -WHITE MEN ONLY- Country Club!

vance

April 7th, 2010
2:50 pm

Come on Mr. Payne, did you really have to comment about that…..he already has gone through enough without the power broker of GA commenting. You are classless and should worry about your own skeletons. No longer a fan of Payne but will be a fan of Tiger…

PW are you that igorant of the facts

April 7th, 2010
2:50 pm

John Daly has been punished by sponsors as well lost sponsors, he has been chastized by many
including his ex golf coach (who cut him loose and refused to keep coaching), has been suspended by the PGA,
has been punished over and over again. He just doesn’t care and has lots of respect because of it.
You might want to read about things and learn what you speak of before you show your lack of knowledge.
Have a great day!

Honky Talkin'

April 7th, 2010
2:51 pm

To Canedawg: It’s called a “drawl” not a “draw” you inbred redneck.

Audrey in Georgia

April 7th, 2010
2:52 pm

Billy, tell your kids and grandkids, s*it happens. With the divorce rate as high as it is, apparently, that is what other parents told their children. Were you affiliated with the
Masters before 1990? If so, what were you telling your dear, sweet and innocent children
about the Masters at that time?

who cares!

April 7th, 2010
2:52 pm

He cheated not once but 17 times. Elin already dealt with that. I dont respect him as a man but I respect his game!! Your children shouldnt look up to these altheletes there not flawless. What happened to looking up to your parents. You can Respect the game and not the man. Let it go! Its getting very nauseating!!

BobDog

April 7th, 2010
2:53 pm

Thanks, AJC, for removing Joe the Plumber’s obscene post.

Thanks, Billy Payne, for encouraging Tiger to treat the fans with more respect. He’s had a free pass on that for too long. I guess that’s why nobody liked to follow him around on the course.

JJ

April 7th, 2010
2:55 pm

I would respect Billy a lot more (and care what he thought) if he wagged his same little moralistic finger at the racist policies of his club.

Xiphosura

April 7th, 2010
2:55 pm

Billy Payne should apologize or resign. Preferably both.
Considering the total disaster that was the 1996 Olympics, Payne doesn’t need to criticize anyone.

Yurtle_the_turtle

April 7th, 2010
2:56 pm

Who Cares?? So, while you condem a private club of men as “exlusitory” of women, you prejudice your comments by saying those with southern drawl’s are predujice? A bit of irony and hypocrisy here, isn’t it???

JB

April 7th, 2010
2:58 pm

Turner Field: Hot dog and coke $ 9.00……………………Augusta National: Ham and cheese sandwich, chips, snickers and a coke $5.00………………………….Who treats fans well. It’s the best run sporting event in the world. I’ve been at least one day 12 years running. Reminds me of how America used to be, respect, tradition, class.

J

April 7th, 2010
2:58 pm

Tiger never portrayed himself as a family man to get endorsements. He had plenty of endorsements before he ever got married. His commercials feature him golfing. He has always been a private person.

Yurtle_the_turtle

April 7th, 2010
2:58 pm

JJ….what racist profiles of Augusta are you referring to? African-Americans belong to Augusta National, so I’m not sure what you’re saying. Please get your facts straight before you come across as an idiot.

melissa

April 7th, 2010
2:58 pm

Absolutely inappropriate for opening remarks to a Golf tournament. Who said you were the moral compass Mr. Payne – shame on you. I absolutely do not agree with what Tiger did – but what Tiger did ain’t none of my damn business – and it ain’t none of yours’ Mr. Payne. If that’s the case – why don’t you throw a few stones at some of the other golfers this week who have some serious personal issues going on? You are out of line.

simplythetruth

April 7th, 2010
2:59 pm

Is this the same Billy Payne that fought so hard to keep the 96 Olympic finances so secret? My oh my, now that’s change we can really believe in.

JB

April 7th, 2010
2:59 pm

JJ: the Augusta National receives no federal funding and breaks no laws. What else ya got.

JJ

April 7th, 2010
3:00 pm

Yurtle, if you think having a few token members (admitted under pressure) means AN is not racist…well, you’re may not be an idiot, but you’re certainly dumb.

Dawgfan

April 7th, 2010
3:01 pm

You golfer geeks need to get a life. Tiger is a low life cheater.Mr Payne spoke the truth. who in the hell watches golf anyway?

CONSERVATIVE

April 7th, 2010
3:02 pm

BOY………..DO THE LIBERAL WHINERS COME OUT OF THE WOOD-WORKs…& complain about everything….I mean life itself…….LIBERAL WHINERS..

PayneInDaAzz

April 7th, 2010
3:02 pm

Beautiful Billy P must be sleeping with the man. or on drugs, or maybe just a good ole IDIOT!!!!
I’m guessing 2 of the three.

Go_TIGER

April 7th, 2010
3:02 pm

Tiger never asked to be a role model so in my opinion he hasn’t let anyone down! People like to place sports figures up in a pedestal and for what? So they can play a sport better than anyone else, he’s still a human being and subjected to the same flaws as everyone else (probably a wife that gave up on sex!).

NEVER PLAYED THE GAME

April 7th, 2010
3:03 pm

MEAN WHILE BACK AT THE RANCH. Someone is going to hit a little ball as far as they can, just to walk, go get it, and hit it again.
CAN WE JUST GET TO THE GAME.

Turnt_UP!

April 7th, 2010
3:03 pm

Billy Payne, what? Didn’t h preside as President over one of the most ethically challenged Olympic committee? St. Billy, are you crazy? Keep in mind, when Billy says that “…forever Tiger will be judged going forward…” that blacks and women should forever judge Augusta National on their past treatment of both groups. I also find it interesting that as disappointed as he claims to be in Tiger’s behavior, he sure didn’t preclude him from participating and make their tourney one of the most watched ever. The rest of the golf world has seen what the tour interest has been without Tiger, a disastrous drop off!

Go_TIGER

April 7th, 2010
3:05 pm

JJ, you couldn’t afford to belong to AN is they let you so quit your whining! There are black only organizations and you don’t see white people filing suits to become members. Deal with it!

Dawgfan

April 7th, 2010
3:05 pm

The same people who defend Tiger are the same ones who defended Slick Willy.

JB

April 7th, 2010
3:06 pm

JJ not only wants to spread the wealth, the golf also. JJ, i can’t join the black panthers, Ms. Black America pageant, The 100 black men of Atlanta……and I’m OK with that…….

Go_TIGER

April 7th, 2010
3:07 pm

Last I heard cheating on your wife was not grounds for exclusion from the Masters! Again, deal with it people. It doesn’t concern you any so quit you’re whining and get back to work, if you have a job that is.

juggs

April 7th, 2010
3:07 pm

Who the hell does Billy Payne think he is?

Deejay

April 7th, 2010
3:07 pm

Why can’t we move on? Tiger is not your childrens role. You should be.

LOL

April 7th, 2010
3:08 pm

“who Cares” was on point – what the hell does Augusta care about women???

NannieB

April 7th, 2010
3:11 pm

Very well said by Mr. Payne. Tiger Woos would do well to listen and take Payne’s words to heart, but I doubt if it will happen.

PR

April 7th, 2010
3:12 pm

Billy Payne is a pain. He should just STFU!

Mit

April 7th, 2010
3:12 pm

Has Billy Bob ever apologized for the embarassment of his inane, redneck, garbage of a mascot Izzy and the Opening Ceremonies?

sam jones

April 7th, 2010
3:13 pm

Who cares about Tiger? He’s just a sinner like we all are.

JB

April 7th, 2010
3:13 pm

NannieB….you and I agree, but that generation is slowly slipping away. Go spend a Saturday afternoon at any mall, and just sit with an ice cream and people watch for a couple of hours.
It’s scary.

GIVE ME A BREAK

April 7th, 2010
3:14 pm

Payne is a coward. Now he wants to tell Tiger that he wasn’t being nice to the fans. What a “JERK.”

Dawglasville

April 7th, 2010
3:15 pm

When Tiger, Vick, Bobby Cox, Kobe Bryant did their things in their private lives I am fine with leaving that between them, their teams, their sponsors and their leagues. Payne should have stayed out of it. When Selig, Bonds, McGuire, Clements, Sosa altered the game… I have a real issue with that.

Turnt_UP!

April 7th, 2010
3:15 pm

Billy is simply grandstanding. If the committee is so disgusted with Tiger’s behavior, why let him in? Could it be the dollars that will be generated because of Tiger’s mere presence??? STFU!!!!

JD

April 7th, 2010
3:16 pm

Not too many African Americans allowed at Augusta National through out the years – unless of course you were carrying a white man’s bag or picking up trash. Go to hell Billy.

Golf Lover

April 7th, 2010
3:16 pm

Ya’ll are idiots….is an idiot…He must be from the south and gone to Auburn!

Will

April 7th, 2010
3:18 pm

Billy Payne: pompous jerk!

Joe fan

April 7th, 2010
3:19 pm

Tiger said when his father passed it put things in perspective for him. Then when his kids were born he said they put things in perspective for him. Now he says he has things in perspective. How much more perspective does he need to get his life in order? He takes so many things for granted. Hopefully he will get his head on straight before the golfing / sports world says enough.

Willis

April 7th, 2010
3:20 pm

He’s a bit late to the show. Enough chastising. Its time to move on focus on the tournament and its other players and get down to playing golf.

gatorboy62

April 7th, 2010
3:20 pm

I am in agreement with the majority…Mr. Payne needs to keep his mouth shut. Isn’t he responsible for the Atlanta Mayor and his crew to screw over the Olympics?

ANTHONY

April 7th, 2010
3:21 pm

Methinks that Billy Payne should have learned from Jack Nicklaus. Jack politely said “no comment” when asked about “Tiger” There was no need for Payne to state the obvious and that is that his behavior was “horrible”. As chairman of Augusta National, he should have shown class and dignity by talking about the tournament and stay on positive things. Absolutely no need to even talk about something that has already been discussed by every talk show.

mookie58

April 7th, 2010
3:25 pm

I don’t think Billy was being judgemental at all. He only confirmed what Tiger said of himself with the following quote:
“But as he now says of himself, he forgot in the process to remember that with fame and fortune comes responsibility, not invisibility.”

independent

April 7th, 2010
3:25 pm

I agree. He needn’t have said anything more than, “no one is more disappointed in Tiger than Tiger himself. No further comment. Let’s talk golf.”

Devildog

April 7th, 2010
3:26 pm

Billy P could have just left it alone.
Everytime someone utters a phrase about Tiger — and it’s done EVERY day and night in every corner of the cesspool called The Media– his wife hears it, too. Another knife in the back of the innocent victim. I’m just glad his children are too young to know what’s going on.
Shame on The Media and shame on you Billy Payne. Just had to get your face time about it, didn’t you?

BamaGurl

April 7th, 2010
3:27 pm

Billy Payne would not give a hoot if Elan was BLACK!!!!!!!! Look at Tiki Barber and his new caucasian woman. Let’s not get it twisted, it ONLY matters if the wounded person is WHITE! To hell with Billy. Be your own kids MENTOR, let them look up to YOU not Tiger, Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson or any STAR! Hope they AIN’T trying to look up to YOU! Mind your own business and make sure he doesn’t sleep with your WIFE!

Brian

April 7th, 2010
3:27 pm

from the man who gave us
WHATIZIT????

Nancy

April 7th, 2010
3:28 pm

Who knew that the Trinity stood for God the Father, God the Son, and Billy Payne?

just a fan

April 7th, 2010
3:29 pm

Billy Payne should have not allowed Tiger to play in the Masters if he feels so strongly about his convictions. Evidently his convictions don’t matter much when it comes to the revenue that Tiger will generate.

LW

April 7th, 2010
3:31 pm

What part of “we don’t want any female members” do you not understand? For God’s sake, quit bitching about it, choose your own membership, make your own rules, build your own golf course, and then do with “your” club as you wish. Look how far trying to “force” Augusta National into female members got Martha Burke. These are very rich, influential, and powerful men. They will not be “forced” into anything they do not approve of–and for whatever reason–they don’t want female members!!! Find something else to whine about. By the way, enjoy the Masters Golf Tournament, which is broadcast with basically no commercials for your enjoyment.

Eleanor

April 7th, 2010
3:33 pm

While Billy Payne has a right to his opinion he picked the wrong forum – a public forum – to denounce Tiger. The proper way would have been to talk with him privately and voice his opinion. I am very disappointed in Billy and my respect for him has diminished somewhat because of this. This is an issue that is between Tiger and his wife. If Joe Blow cheats on his wife – that’s none of my business – that’s between him and his wife.

Nancy

April 7th, 2010
3:33 pm

Brian, I laughed out loud at your WHATIZIT comment … VERY good point.

golpher

April 7th, 2010
3:33 pm

Chip Shirley,

Get over yourself. Augusta National is a private club. Some of the most influential people in the world have not been able to join the club. It is a right that a private club holds. Everybody wants to cry because they think they are entitled to join everything and own everything. It’s not reality and it never will be. There are many clubs/organizations that every race is not allowed into because they are PRIVATE. It doesn’t make them wrong. There are clubs that I would love to join but can’t afford or my skin is not the right color. So what? There are others that may be more fitting for me so I will choose to join those. People need to get over their entitlement issues. PRIVATE IS PRIVATE.

gigga02

April 7th, 2010
3:34 pm

I agree with Mikey. And really, he didn’t have to apologize to the public. Whether they like him or not, he’s the one playing golf and making the money. The public or Payne can take that away from him.

Hmmmm

April 7th, 2010
3:34 pm

So who didn’t he sleep with?

Today’s headline: Tiger Woods’ Neighbor’s 21-Year-Old Daughter Another Alleged Mistress

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/07/raychel-coudriet-pictures_n_528522.html

IMHO

April 7th, 2010
3:37 pm

Billy Payne is nothing but a skoal chewing, manure shoveling, pitchfork carrying, hog slopping, mayonnaise sandwich eating, NRA card carrying, still uses racial slurs in private, typical ignorant uga filth

this does not apply to all uga fans/alums/attended but never graduated persons but it does apply to MANY of them.

Judge

April 7th, 2010
3:38 pm

Payne did not say anything about Tiger that Tiger did not say about himself.
Tiger put himself in the position of a role model.
There is nothing wrong with a private all men’s club.
Augusta National has black members.

abc

April 7th, 2010
3:38 pm

Tiger Woods is a sleazy, pompous jerk who considers himself above it all, hence his reprehensible behavior. Who cares about his golf game? I enjoy golf, but I realize it’s just swinging a club. Same as Major Leaguers playing a child’s game, football and basketball players being the biggest jerks you can find… Tiger should go play golf with the likes of them.

Gentleman’s game, my foot. He isn’t a gentleman.

Billy Payne’s comments are spot-on, and Tiger’s travails will never be private, as long as there is an American media, so hang all the none-of-our-business stuff in your ear — it’s been made our business, we couldn’t escape it if we tried.

Anthony Thompson

April 7th, 2010
3:38 pm

OUTSTANDING OBSERVATION MR. PAYNE. WHEN TIGER STALKS THE COURSE, HE STRIKES LITERAL FEAR IN THE GALLERY BECAUSE HE’S BEEN TRAINED TO BE RUDE MASKED AS “FOCUS”. AND HE RECOGNIZES IT AND ADMITS TO EVERYTHING MR. PAYNE SAYS. BUT THE CHAIRMAN PUTS IT RIGHT. EVERY MAN MUST LOOK INTO HIS OWN HEART, BECAUSE AS MEN WE TOLERATE, NO, ENCOURAGE THIS “BON VIVON” BEHAVIOR WHICH DAMAGES US AS HUMANS AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVES US. THANKS MR. PAYNE.

Mary

April 7th, 2010
3:39 pm

Who cares what Billy Payne thinks? I’m sure he has some skeletons in his closet.

Chains

April 7th, 2010
3:41 pm

The sad part is people actually watch golf on TV…..what a waste of time……like watching grass grow….if your watching golf on TV your to lazy to get up and do something worthwhile. if your that lazy get off the planet you are a waste of skin…..if I was Tiger I would rather play with the coctail waitress as well…. And be real folks…does he really care what you think…..he’s got more money than most 3rd world nations…….He’s laughing all the way to the bank……..SUCKERS..

Mac

April 7th, 2010
3:41 pm

I worked for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games under Billy Payne. Approximately one year after my arrival, Payne changed his mind and decided that my department’s function should be outsourced entirely. So, one bloody Monday morning, his hatchet man Richard Stogner (recently found liable for race discrimination while working for Dekalb Country) laid-off all 14 of us. One of my co-workers had sold his home in Los Angeles and purchased a home in Atlanta after being offered the ACOG job—approximately three months before he was let go with the rest of us.

In short, Billy Payne needs to look in the mirror before lecturing others about “egregious conduct.”

Dan

April 7th, 2010
3:43 pm

Mrs G – When has Billy Payne ever attempted to keep blacks out? Your clueless, and obviously the one who is concerned about white and black. Let me know about Billy Payne, though, and how he has tried to keep your kind down.

NO WAY

April 7th, 2010
3:43 pm

I’m no Tiger fan and less of a Billy Payne fan. Who care what this clown thinks? Perhaps he should realize not everyone clings to his every word as he seems to think they do.

CaseyMac

April 7th, 2010
3:45 pm

Why is it so important that a woman become a member of this private club? I just don’t get it.
It is a private club……..private means it can exclude. Go fight a more worthwhile and meaningful battle. Like salaries, jobs, promotions, etc. Get a life!!!

Y'All Finished????

April 7th, 2010
3:45 pm

While you’re at it, can you speak of how disappointed you were of all the women who got down with Tiger? One sided, hypocrisy. For the record, none of us — no group, no race, no creed — has the market on the moral compass. I bet there are other golfers who are just hoping and praying their dirty laundry doesn’t get aired.

I am sick of these so-called righteous folk condemning Tiger. As if they are so chaste and pure! Just which one of us is without sin that we can cast a stone at Tiger. And at the Masters? If he was so bad, why didn’t you just keep him out. To allow him to play and chastise him is just grandstanding to me. What? I’m disappointed at all the Conservative Republicans who went out to a strip club and asked for reimbursement!!

If ya living in a glass house, don’t throw no stones! Tiger has moved on. He’s playing. It’s over.

Dawglasville

April 7th, 2010
3:45 pm

IMHO- “Typical” implies “most” not “many.” I graduated from UGA and none of those apply to myself or any of my fellow UGA friends. I am a white, middle aged, Georgia native and Billy Payne has never represented me. I am glad to see that the AJC will edit some stereotypes but are slow to edit others. I guess they wait and see how offended people get before they take them off. Maybe if you would have used the word “cracker” that would have put you over the top.

Faith and Balanced

April 7th, 2010
3:47 pm

Risky statements by Payne. Would be interested to see the entire speech and context of each of these statements. Truth is that he stated the truth whether anyone likes it or not – and Tiger agrees. Why is it so judgmental to state the truth and basically to quote Tiger himself?

Interesting that when people disagree with ANYTHING that comes out of Augusta National, the race and gender card is played! I didn’t notice any reference to race or gender in Payne’s comments.

Tiger had grown distant from fans, had grown arrogant (by his own admission) and had failed in his clearly stated mission to be an ambassador for golf. He has to take some heat for this failure – not just in therapy, but in the world of golf. The Masters is a good place for him to make a comeback, and a good place to set the record straight about where we are with this failed ambassador.

Actually, Tiger would do well to say “Amen” to what Payne had to say. After all, he has already agreed to all of this in his public confessions. By the way, all the networks, newspapers, the PGA and just about everyone except for the tabloids, have tip toed around Tiger too much for too long and basically sold out to the Tiger driven money on the tour for years and during this personal crisis. British and European TV do not cut out his terrible verbage, taking God’s name in vain or his throwing clubs that go into the gallary that almost hurt people – and with no apology from the man himself. Public figures (like it or not) will have to endure some scalding when they mess up and Tiger’s turn was coming. But this will pass as he makes a comeback both on the course and in his home. I’m pulling for him – first in his home and secondly on the course.

Millicent

April 7th, 2010
3:47 pm

Billy Payne is crazy as hell!! The only children and grandchildren Tiger owes anything to are his own! And if children are at golf tournaments, especially the Masters, they have enough of everything anyway…whether Tiger smiles or speaks to them! They’ll be OK!

Y'All Finished????

April 7th, 2010
3:48 pm

I’m also sick of all this talk about “our children.” It ain’t never about the kids. It’s all about the speaker wanting to grandstand. Parents should be a child’s role model. Your kids are no one’s responsiblilty but your own. To put that on athletes and entertainers is a cop out. Why? Because everybody has faults. Parents, be a role model to your own children, then you wouldn’t have to worry about people the children don’t even know failing them!

IT’S NEVER ABOUT THE KIDS!!!!

Blackberry Cobbler

April 7th, 2010
3:50 pm

This is the kind of attention the Masters and golf doesn’t need. If Billy Payne would just shut up his pie hole, this Tiger crap would eventually blow over. But blowhards like Payne can’t resist the opportunity to draw attention to themselves. He needs to just stick to golf and leave everything else alone.

Y'All Finished????

April 7th, 2010
3:50 pm

One more thing . . . until you have dealt with your loose women, this type of thing will always occur. Why don’t you address the women, groupies who fall over these celebrities, not caring whether or not they have a wife.

Are you disappointed at all the women who “would date Tiger” or who are waiting for him?

To attack the man without getting at the women involved is one-sided and not fair. It takes two to tango. Deal with the loose and immoral women, too!!! Everybody on the planet knew he was married and they could not have possibly thought they were the only one WHEN THE MAN HAD A WIFE!!!!

Derek

April 7th, 2010
3:52 pm

Billy Payne is a jerk. Who is Billy Payne? A jerk who has made his living off of other people. Pack up your red dirt and head back to the farm you silly hillbilly!

Sick of the Palin(ites)

April 7th, 2010
3:52 pm

Billy Payne is NOT God. Tiger Woods has apologized although I don’t know why. This is his business and not anybody else’s. Besides, Tiger has made the Masters, Augusta, Nike, Billy, and the whole golfing industry…a whole lot of money. So shut up Billy! Just because your transgressions haven’t hit the news yet, doesn’t make you better than Tiger Woods. How dare you chastise another grown man. Grow up Billy!

IMHO

April 7th, 2010
3:53 pm

Dawglasville

When did I ever say a word about Billy Payne being white in my post? The things I described are how I see SOME uga fans/alums/attended but never graduated persons. For all I care, these persons could be black, native-american, Indian, or pacific islander.

I thought that I made that point clear that I was not referring to all uga fans/alums/attended but never graduated persons but clearly i’ve fallen short of that.

However, even if I didn’t feel those things about SOME uga fans/alums/attended but never graduated persons, Billy Payne still needs to sit down and shut his mouth.

What he is doing now is a cowardice as if you were to kick a wounded man in his ribs as he is asking for forgiveness. Billy Payne has shamed himself and any person/organization that he is affiliated with (i.e., his family, Augusta National, and UGA)

The Dawgfather

April 7th, 2010
3:54 pm

Well said, “Faith and Balanced”. I couldn’t agree more.

Rod

April 7th, 2010
3:56 pm

This from a place that was only integrated in the 1990’s. And still doesn’t let women in? The nerve!!

GA Native

April 7th, 2010
3:56 pm

It is a private club, they can allow who they wish. If you don’t like it, don’t go, don’t watch, don’t support the master’s no one will miss you. As for Tiger, WHO CARES, he did what thousands have and will continue to do. It was wrong, we all know that. Worry about yourself and raise your kids yourself. Why do people continue to worry about everyone else being the example for their kids, YOU be the example for your kids.

Dawglasville

April 7th, 2010
4:00 pm

IMHO- agreed that Payne is kicking a wounded dog. He should shut up. I just wish we would all go easy on the stereotypes. That is all I am asking for.

SA

April 7th, 2010
4:01 pm

Why is it that some groups feel they’re entitled to everything that exists?

IMHO

April 7th, 2010
4:01 pm

GA Native

It is not about the club being private etc (i’m referencing your reply to ‘Rod’) but rather it is the blatant hypocrisy of a many to chastise Tiger about anything on moral grounds when he himself is a integral part of an organization that has been ostensibly supported separatism and STILL advocates sexism

CV

April 7th, 2010
4:01 pm

GET OVER IT!!!!!! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!

IMHO

April 7th, 2010
4:02 pm

Dawglasville

point taken – i will commit to achieving that goal as well

alonzo

April 7th, 2010
4:03 pm

Do we really need to hear Everybody’s opinion about something that is none of their business?? So, he has an opinion. So what?
Move on people!

GT

April 7th, 2010
4:04 pm

Billy ain’t hiding, he is right there with what he thinks and he thinks like a mature adult not a golf groupie who needs a life. Augusta’s not for everybody, they don’t try to be. The masses don’t understand that and Augusta has shown in the past they don’t need the masses.

Jeff

April 7th, 2010
4:05 pm

He who is without sin cast the first stone. The man made several mistakes. He apologized for them. Now lets move on.

Jeff

April 7th, 2010
4:07 pm

Augusta National looks to be a beautiful golf club; however, as a black man, I will not lose any sleep if I never go there.

droopydawg

April 7th, 2010
4:08 pm

shocking that a racist POS like him would have something bad to say about the top black athlete in a traditionally white sport. I’m sure Trevino, Nicklaus, Palmer, et al NEVER cheated on their wives. Just like JFK…people in the 50s and 60s were just more moral right?

IMHO

April 7th, 2010
4:08 pm

GT

You’re entitled to your opinion, but please post under another handle and not one that has any affiliation with georgia tech – I would like to think that a Tech Man/Woman wouldn’t condone the belief that it is ok to limit someone’s access/participation due to said person’s race/color/sex/creed/etc

Jeff

April 7th, 2010
4:09 pm

What would you all think if Tiger decided not to play at your restricted club?

Canedawg

April 7th, 2010
4:09 pm

Again…

Augusta National does not descriminate against minorities. It discriminates 100% against ANYONE WHO IS NOT FILTHY RICH…

I mean, the first and only condition you have to meet is to be worth several hundreds of millions of dollars. That’s it.

Now, let’s look at the percentages of our society that is worth that much money, and have any desire to join a golf club. How many of them are minorities and how many of them are women? If you could find that statistic and make the comparision, I would bet that Augusta National isn’t too far off.

Seems like the problem with our society may be that almost all the people worth that much money are while males. That’s a culture problem, not an Augusta problem.

Those guys are rich people – really rich people – who probably joined Augusta just to say they were members.

Find me a woman worth a billion dollars who won’t use the situation for her own political gain – and who wants to join – and you may find Augusta’s first female member. Again, I don’t know the statistics, but I would venture to say that number is limited…

Just Sayin'

April 7th, 2010
4:11 pm

Those who have a problem with Mr. Payne and AN, don’t join and don’t watch. They don’t need you but it sure sounds like you need them. And THAT is far worse than what Mr. Payne could EVER say.

IMHO

April 7th, 2010
4:12 pm

Canedawg

I can think of a few….

Hillary Rodham

and the mother of them all….Oprah

Can you explain why either two of these political powerhouse billionaires are not members?

SA

April 7th, 2010
4:16 pm

IMHO,

Yeah, they can’t golf.

Canedawg

April 7th, 2010
4:17 pm

And to revisit an earlier comment:

This is one of the nicest, most fan-friendly environments in sports. Can’t take your kids to a football game anymore, that’s for sure. All 3 Georgia games I attended this year were a little over the top with the drunks, and cursing, and puking – entertaining, sure, but my 8 year old daughter just doesn’t fit in. And I am not knocking Athens. I have been to USC (yearly) and LSU and Auburn and Tech and they all have gotten really bad.

Baseball games aren’t bad, but you still get beer spilled on you and your kids and have to explain the occasional F-bomb when it flies…

Conyers Golfer

April 7th, 2010
4:17 pm

Everyone involved in this latest and ongoing mess should chill out. Everyone has opinions which is the same as everyone having a nose. If this what blogs are for, its my opinion that no one should judge
Tiger Woods or Billy Payne.

IMHO

April 7th, 2010
4:17 pm

SA

lol, ok and how exactly do you know that?

A Fan

April 7th, 2010
4:18 pm

People seem to believe that a critic has to be perfect themselves. That’s crap. Billy Payne never claimed to be perfect. What he did was express his opinion, and as the Chairman he has the appropriate forum to do so. I don’t find this earth shattering. Tiger is the biggest news item at the Masters so far this week.

Also, what was said was no great tongue lashing. It’s an expression of disappointment and a wish for the future. I’d bet that Tiger expects some of this with all the uproar. If not, he isn’t as smart as people think he is.

My hope is that these comments will be the last. I enjoy playing and watching golf. My hope is that Tiger works things out with his wife and they are both happy. In the mean time, I would like to see some golf and enjoy the TV view of one of the most beautful places on earth. The worst day on a course is better than the best day at the office.

Canedawg

April 7th, 2010
4:19 pm

Pretty sure the second part of my conditions (the political gain part) kicks out both of IMHO’s examples…

Canedawg

April 7th, 2010
4:21 pm

Although I would love to see Oprah Winfrey hit a golf ball…

G-Money

April 7th, 2010
4:21 pm

This is absolutely, positively, one of the most funniest things I have ever heard. The fact that anyone from that racist, sexist institution in Augusta can possibly sit in judgment is beyond me. I believe he should state in his conservative Christian drawl that Tiger is forgiven by the Lord, and not add his spin on how he let people down. Tiger Woods is not responsible for instilling morals and values into my children. He is here to score lower than everyone else, and make terrific golf shots.

A Fan

April 7th, 2010
4:21 pm

How do we know August National is an advocate of sexism? Has any woman with the money to join tried to gain membership? Hell, it took Bill Gates years to gain membership. The report a couple of years ago was they approached a few rich women who turned them down. This club conducts their business in private, and many clubs have trouble recruiting women.

Good Ole' Lefty

April 7th, 2010
4:23 pm

Are you gonna sit there and tell me that White Trash Payne hasn’t ever had a woman on the side????? Give me a break!!! That doesn’t change the fact that Tiger is a cheating POS, but I don’t think Deliverance Payne needs to be casting any stones.

Canedawg

April 7th, 2010
4:23 pm

And the point of my comment was that Augusta is just representative of how screwed up the socio-economic landscape of our society is…

IMHO

April 7th, 2010
4:24 pm

Canedawg

What politically could Hillary or Oprah gain that they don’t already have?

Secretary of State….1st lady for 8 years….hosted President Obama on her show…

yeah, joining augusta national will get them more political power than all of those accomplishments

dj stokely

April 7th, 2010
4:25 pm

Maybe someone needed to talk to Ty Cobb about way the childreen looked up to him. He was a frequent guest at Augusta National and was welcomed and what he did was a lot worse than a bunch of bimbos. Billy just STFU and stick to running your golf club.

Chairman Get A Clue....

April 7th, 2010
4:26 pm

To the CHAIRMAN A SPORTS FIGURE SHOULD NEVER BE THE ROLE MODEL, THAT THE PARENTS JOB WHAT WORLD ARE YOU LIVING IN FANATASY THIS IS THE REAL WORLD. GET OFF THAT PRE MADONNA WORLD. PARENTE ARE ALWAYS THE ROLE MODELS. THAT WHATY YOU SAY WHEN THEY DO THINGS AT HOME. GO EAT A JARED SUBWAY SANDWICH LOSER!!!!!

Jim

April 7th, 2010
4:27 pm

If you don’t like the way it’s run don’t attend or watch. Simpleton.

JUSTTHETRUTH

April 7th, 2010
4:28 pm

For the most part, Blacks will cut any amount of slack to any successful black because they think that somehow that persons success =their own success. Vicarious existence is a waste of time!

Also, it is perfectly FINE to Judge others..only an idiot thinks you can’t judge others.

rlm

April 7th, 2010
4:29 pm

Billy Payne is well named. What a jerk. This in not his place. What an embarrassment he is. So his idea was the Olympics. He embarrassed the City of Atlanta the way it was run. He is so amateurish and classless. Why does anyone give him a pulpit. Please stop

IMHO

April 7th, 2010
4:32 pm

JUSTTHETRUTH

What planet are you from?!

I that you are black and are speaking from first hand experience and knowledge since you’re making such a staunch BOLD decree

Sid

April 7th, 2010
4:32 pm

So here we go again!! Please understand that as a man…more importantly a black man I am the role model to my children, not Tiger Woods. My children can aspire to be a great golfer like Tiger, but as far as being a man….that is my job…period!!

Stop making celebrities your children’s role models because you are too LAZY to take on that responsibility for yourself!! If you want your son to be a man…let him see a man! And if that man is not you, then you are no better FATHER than Tiger was as a HUSBAND!!

Tiger has to life his life knowing that he hurt his wife and didn’t be a positive role model for HIS CHILDREN..not mine or yours!! Billy Payne…MAN UP!!!

Joe Pashi

April 7th, 2010
4:33 pm

Don’t we remember the Olympics and Billy Payne. He has now come out of the woodworks and questions Tiger Woods influence on his kids and grandkids. I think Tiger has been forthwith his personal affairs. He is popular because his is good in golf. If he is not equally good in his control of hormones, who cares. Cheating is part of our national character that no body makes any comments of until those who are jealous of other’s success. Tiger was stupid to have married someone not from his species and this then would have been spit in the wind. Tiger, you’ve been a thorough gentleman in your press conferences. Stop apologizing to these racists. Don’t let it bother you when they compare you to others. You are great my yourself.

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.

It's About Time

April 7th, 2010
5:51 pm

I just read what Augusta Native said. He is right on target. I too am an Augusta native. The Augusta National have always run the tournament on their terms; they are not in it for the money, and they could care less what the world thinks. It is a totally private club with a membership (though not made public) of many of the brightest, wealthiest, and most influential people in the world. And YES, that DOES include black members.

EZ

April 7th, 2010
5:52 pm

What a pompous old windbag. I didn’t know being chairman of a narrow insular private club makes you qualified to judge the character of other men. Geez just shut up and get off your high horse. You run a f*ing golf course. That’s all. Just a golf course.

Nurse Ratchet

April 7th, 2010
5:52 pm

Atta boy Billy Payne- atta boy. Maybe someday the PGA will actually step up and rip him a new one when he curses constantly, beats the ground with his clubs or throws them. Or maybe the announcers or golf writers or the golf channel will actually treat him like everyone else. He is not a God- and he certainly does not deserve getting a free pass for his terrible conduct on the golf course in front of the public including kids.

Nurse Ratchet

April 7th, 2010
5:57 pm

So the masters is just a gofl course? And therefore he has no right to express his disapproval of Tiger’s actions? Do you know much about the history of the Masters? Apparently not.

Mike

April 7th, 2010
5:59 pm

The great Billy Payne, the judgemental one. Woods is a guy who has made a great contribution to what the Masters has become and he chooses this week to “chastise”. Very poor taste.

SMITTYSTHEMAN

April 7th, 2010
6:02 pm

The Masters was the greatest golf tournament way before Tiger arrived on the scene and will be so way after as well.

lefty

April 7th, 2010
6:05 pm

I just this hick on TV. He was acting like he was Tiger’s wife + he got jilted. Without Tiger, the Masters is a bore fest. Tiger should leave, then the crowds and all of the revenue for Augusta would disappear.

black sheep

April 7th, 2010
6:09 pm

awwww lefty- a big golf fan are ya pal? But don’t know much about the Masters do ya? Tiger needs the Masters much more than the Masters needs Tiger.

It's About Time

April 7th, 2010
6:09 pm

The Masters is FAR MORE than Tiger Woods. The Masters always has been, and always will be, the greatest golf tournament played. What Payne said today was not said as a judgemental outsider. His words were spoken out of concern that someone so great in the golfing “family” could be so stupid and self-centered. He spoke as a good father would; even though he is not Tiger’s father, he OBVIOUSLY cares about him. He spoke for the children of the world who looked up to Tiger, in hopes that he might once again be worthy of that adulation.

Dawglasville

April 7th, 2010
6:09 pm

IMHO- Thanks. These things just get crazy sometimes. Something will strike a nerve in me at times and I try to step back and not add gas to the fire. Being 45 with children will give you a whole different perspective than being 20 with out kids. You can almost always tell the younger posters because they write with the same blind venom I would have wrote with at their age. Not the racist crap, just the nasty, hurtful stuff. Happy blogging in the future.

SMITTYSTHEMAN

April 7th, 2010
6:10 pm

Have you people not read Augusta native’s post? Augusta national doesn’t need any money, for crying out loud!! If Tiger left, if Jack left, if Arnie left, it wouldn’t matter. They are a self-sufficient organization that would carry on even if they decided not to have the Masters anymore!! Can you people not get it?

It's About Time

April 7th, 2010
6:11 pm

It’s a good thing it Billy Payne is in charge now, instead of the late Clifford Roberts. I can assure you that if Roberts were still alive and in charge, he would have told Tiger to just stay home this year. Like “black sheep” said, Tiger needs the Masters much more than the Masters needs Tiger.

Wreckmaniac

April 7th, 2010
6:12 pm

As a Ga Tech man, I have tremendous respect for Mr Payne. I applaud him
on speaking out from a position of authority to condemn Woods behavior.
No one man is bigger than golf and certainly no one is bigger than the
Masters Tournament. I was there Monday with my $36 practice round ticket having those great $1.50 pimento cheese sandwiches and enjoyed
every second. The Masters is the greatest tournament because it is open
to everyone. Payne’s status as All-American, the man along with Andy
Young who brought the Olympics to Atlanta and his current position gives him the right and the responsibility to define some limits to
the behavior of public figures.

Dawg stuck in Bham

April 7th, 2010
6:12 pm

Come on…if you hear the entire statement, you will see that Payne is one that truly believes in showing grace and giving second chances. It was a very powerful but graceful statement.

lefty

April 7th, 2010
6:12 pm

You’re right Mr. Sheep, all of golf is a huge snooze fest.

It's About Time

April 7th, 2010
6:13 pm

I totally agree Dawg, although I can’t say I care much for your name. LOL

black sheep

April 7th, 2010
6:14 pm

SMITTYSTHEMAN They don’t want to get it my friend. Tiger is their GOD! THey worship at his shrine. And they don’t like to read any of this. They want it all to go away- they don;t want anymore to be written. Let’s stop talking about it. Etc. He can do no wrong to them. He can do whatever he wants to in their mind.

MIKE

April 7th, 2010
6:17 pm

NONE OF HIS FU@#ING BUSINESS TO SAY THE THINGS HE SAID

black sheep

April 7th, 2010
6:18 pm

So you have to curse to express your opinion Mike? It’s that upsetting to you is it?

It's About Time

April 7th, 2010
6:30 pm

Maybe if more people were publicly held accountable for their actions, this might be a better place. Those who slam Payne while defending Tiger probably need to be taken to the woodshed too. You reap what you sow, and Tiger probably has a lot of reaping yet to do.

I like golf not tigger

April 7th, 2010
6:57 pm

Atlanta No- you just don’t want to hear anyone chastise your hero. Billy Payne was right to tell it like it is. Deal with it.

Bill

April 7th, 2010
7:57 pm

A great talk by Billy Payne. Direct but with the hope and expectation Tiger, having accomplished what the greatest golfers achieved, will now be the gentleman we also expected he would become.

crudmudgeon

April 7th, 2010
8:27 pm

First thing Billy Payne should do is look at the robber barons that are the membership of his club. How many of the members are Wall Street bankers and coal mine owners? How many of them are health insurance CEO’s and stock brokers? They’ve ripped the all of us off for trillions of dollars, sit back at their big club that they’ve declared is the ‘most exclusive’ and once a year let in the chattle for a little peek around. Meantime, the old buggers themselves (Billy Payne included) pay a measley sum to the golfers so their membership can laugh and make fun of them while they sit on the terrace nursing a stiff Manhattan followed by a Mint Julip. And we Georgians love em all cause they’re ‘just like us’. Have you noticed the rebel flag flying at the club? ……………bet you haven’t but you bet the membership thinks that way!

SMITTYSTHEMAN

April 7th, 2010
8:54 pm

And after all is said and done, and everybody has thrown their punches toward the Augusta Country Club, love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s THEIR private club and they have the RIGHT to make the rules as long as no laws are broken. If the participants in the golf tournament don’t like it, then don’t participate. If those of you that sit at home don’t like it, don’t watch the Masters this weekend. Pretty simple.

Realist

April 7th, 2010
9:25 pm

Looks like my original post was deleted. I’ll tone it down a notch. The fake outrage in these posts is quite hilarious.

1) If you think the Masters needs Tiger, you are very, very, very wrong.

2) If you think the a Tigerless Masters would be more than a blip on the monetary radar, you are very, very wrong. Badges will still sellout. There will still be a 30yr + waiting list for badges. There will still be just as much merchandise sold. The TV contract will be just as lucrative. Its still the Masters, with or without Tiger.

3) If you’re that outraged with Billy Payne’s comments, feel free to watch something else this weekend. But you won’t. This is quite possibly the best sporting event in the world.

4) Where is the chastising the article refers to? Nothing more than journalists trying to make something out of nothing.

StAndrewsRoyalAndAncient

April 7th, 2010
9:54 pm

I can’t imagine any official of the British Open drubbing a competitor over a personal issue. Can you?

SMITTYSTHEMAN

April 7th, 2010
10:12 pm

Well said, Realist.

You gotta be freaking kidding me

April 7th, 2010
10:27 pm

Nice job Billy- while the focus of the entire golf world is on Augusta, please take the opportunity to draw even more attention to your racist, selfish, elitist stuffy old group of old codgers and your precious ‘tinnament”.
I hope Tiger wins and decides to take the green jacket and throw it in tone of the pollen covered ponds….thus making it yellow…the color of Billy Payne for not saying the words to Tiger’s face.
That would be awesome.

Connie

April 8th, 2010
6:30 am

This man’s comments were totally inappropriate at this time and for this tournament! This is about the game of golf, and while Tiger was wrong to do what he did, he has been dealing with it, working on improving himself and he appears to be honestly trying. The Masters is going to reap greatly from his return, so this man should be very glad to see him here instead of giving him yet another public whipping. Shame on the chairman! If we were allowed to look, I’m sure they all have a few skeletons in their closets. Let’s just play some golf for heaven’s sake and quit the mud-slinging, and giving all the wrong attention to this much over-talked-about issue already!!

Virginia

April 8th, 2010
6:53 am

To the posters making hurtful comments about Billy’s family–you are obviously trying to hurt Billy and his children, but think about it–you’re actually hurting his grandchildren by sharing info on the internet for anyone to read and repeat at any time in the future.

Laura

April 8th, 2010
7:35 am

Tiger made a huge mistake, he’s apologized to the public and he has apologized to his wife – which he’ll probably be doing the rest of his life – please leave him alone. None of us are perfect! Let’s move on with more important things.

Dennis

April 8th, 2010
8:14 am

This guy is an idoit, it is done of anybody’s business.

Jack

April 8th, 2010
10:16 am

Tiger,
Please respond to this racist Payne by walking out of that place and telling them to shove it. You don’t need them either!

Pat

April 8th, 2010
11:27 am

Mr. Payne’s comments were inappropriate. A public slapping around of Tiger Woods? Billy, if you had something to say to him, you should have said to him one-on-one. Mr. Payne should not be all in on the idea that celebrities and athletes should be role models for kids. THEY ARE NOT! But as with many others who have weighed in on Tiger’s troubles, people are looking for their moment in the spotlight. Tiger did wrong. Let the man handle his business. Shame on you, Billy. Shame on you.

Pat2

April 8th, 2010
12:00 pm

Mr. Payne’s comments were appropriate. A public reference to Tiger’s shameful conduct, with words of encouragement for future behavior. Billy, since in your leadership position at Augusta National, you had something to say to Tiger, you shared your thoughts in the appropriate venue. Mr. Payne is correct regarding the idea that celebrities and athletes should act as role models for kids. THEY ARE! As with many others who have weighed in on Tiger’s troubles, people are hoping that Tiger and others in the spotlight will conduct themselves in a way that will bring honor to their sport and families. Tiger did wrong. Let the man handle his business in private, but if he chooses to pursue his sport in public, then we should hold him accountable. Good for you, Billy. Good for you.

JacketMBA

April 8th, 2010
12:02 pm

Real Men of Genius. Today we salute you Mr. “expressing disappointment towards the only athlete who makes your event watchable when you head a plantation era club” guy. Crack open a Bud Light.

KGC

April 8th, 2010
1:40 pm

Not really his place to address Tiger on an individual level like that. Totally wrong, if any of you can’t see that, you’re grinding an axe on Tiger ( I don’t even like Tiger). Tiger’s actions were terrible and nobody is excusing them. But there was no need to inject Billy Payne’s personal feelings into the Masters. As much as I love the Masters, I can’t stand the fact they are so damn sanctimonious and self righteous.

PayneInTheArse

April 8th, 2010
1:51 pm

A sermon on being a “role model” from the head of the least-democratic institution in America directed at the man who has done more to elevate the Masters (and the sport of golf generally) than any other person in the history of the sport. Blow it out your @ss, you fat, self-righteous tool.

gernblanksi

April 8th, 2010
2:54 pm

This was Augusta National’s way of chastising Mr. Woods’ return to golf at their tournament. They could not revoke his privilege to play since he is an active past winner.

But I would bet that his return has irked many of the members because it has completely overshadowed their tournament. The story is not the Masters but all about Woods.

Our of respect for the Masters and its history, Woods could have come back a week or two earlier or a week or two after Augusta. Instead he chose to put the focus on this week and they are not happy about it. As a result, they decided to give their own opinion and put a bit more pressure on him.

If Tiger does not like it, then he can withdraw. But I guess we would need to ask others about Tiger’s methods on withdrawal.

RC

April 8th, 2010
4:34 pm

His comments were inappropriate and way out of line. He isn’t our morality instructor. He is the chairman of a huge corporation and has no business telling us what the measure of a man is. Tiger Woods will make him millions this week. Does he have any idea how much smaller his audience would be for the Masters if Tiger did not play? He should be thanking him for showing up, or, at the very least keep his mouth shut about heroes not living up HIS expectations. We don’t care about nor do we need to hear about his personal feelings regarding Tiger. All we need him to do is run this tournament to the best of his ability. He will be raking in the dough this weekend and for one reason and one reason only, TIGER! I kind of wish Tiger would have pulled out of the tournament after this guy’s remarks. Imagine what Payne’s reaction would have been to that. I dare say his holier-than-thou attitude would have disappeared in an instant.

Jay

April 8th, 2010
8:11 pm

Enter your comments here

Jay

April 8th, 2010
8:17 pm

Billy Payne,
You are about as stupid as Obama, you do not now when to keep your mouth shut…. Tiger is paying your salery. Look at the crowds and remember he is a 4 time masters champion. You have caused more disgrace to the club then he has, keep that in mind before you open your big mouth again. He who is without sin cast the first stone…. That by the way would not be you….

AJC reader

April 9th, 2010
6:37 am

To “Telling It Like It Is” and “Dunwoody,” your posts reveal a lot about your own issues. I’m guessing that most people who read this blog are wondering why you’re using this forum to post what you’ve written. Oh, let the rest of us guess . . . because you can put whatever you want and be anonymous? Says a lot about YOUR character . . .

Majicman

April 9th, 2010
10:29 am

if billy wants to go ahead and make a fool of himself infront of everyone let him.

Majicman

April 9th, 2010
10:29 am

Tom

April 9th, 2010
2:43 pm

In the context of his whole statement, Billy Payne’s comments were not offensive to me. He was pointing out the obvious. Add to that the fact that he is a grandfather, and that changes the way a guy thinks about behavior. I did a ton of stuff when I was young that I would not want my grandchildren to imitate or model — a much for the painful personal consequences a person experiences as well as the pain and hurt it brings to people who love you. I think Billy was saying that BECAUSE Tiger has been so loved and applauded, errors of any kind create painful, unexpected consequences. A friend of mine calls it the “Law of Unexpected Consequences.”