Billy Payne is a Pain to Golf, and to Tiger Woods
William Porter Payne, better known as Billy, the chairman of the Augusta National Golf Course, home of the Masters tournament, seems to think that that entitles him to act as if he were the chairman of the board of the "Masters of the Universe".
In a forty-two second clip, he manages to insult Tiger Woods, himself, and the entire Augusta National Country Club by delivering a condescending sermon to the world's greatest golfer (who happens to be honoring the Masters by making it his first stop on his return to golf and probably increasing the tournament's television audience by 50 percent).
I would not be so offended by this had I not known a woman who traveled with the national golf tour for several years while working for a magazine that covered the sport. After being constantly hit on by many of the "best golfers in the world", watching them take their pleasure with other women -- like sailors with girlfriends at every port (golfers seem to find girlfriends at every course) -- she quit her job and went into another line of work.
The hypocrisy, the pretense, of love and loyalty when wives were around and the womanizing after they left had become too much for her. She felt as if she were an accomplice to their infidelity and she left the tour.
Not to be a hypocrite myself, I remember that in the sixties, when women were just beginning to get good jobs in journalism, we reminded them of what were then called "New York Times rules" -- "what happens west of the Potomac, stays west of the Potomac".
Female reporters who went on the road may have been close friends with the wives of many of the men who were on the road with them, but none of them brought back stories about who was doing what to whom while they were out of town. I think that's a good rule, and I think by and large, we're just as well off not knowing what golfers do when they're on tour.
I do know that several others of the world's best golfers were notorious within the community for indulging themselves whenever they could.
Tiger Woods got caught, and he is paying dearly for it. So is golf, just look at the ratings. The last thing he or golf needs is Payne's pious preaching as he joins in the pretense that great athletes must be saintly in order to merit public adulation.
Rock stars and sports stars are like catnip to groupies, and most of them succumb to temptation.
What Tiger did is a sin he shares with many others, and he has acknowledged it.
He doesn't need the likes of Billy Payne, who profits from his presence, to condemn him for his misdeeds.
Billy Payne is a hypocrite and the other Augusta Golf Course members should call him on it.
Tiger Woods scolded over sex scandal by Augusta National boss Billy Payne
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Augusta National Golf Club chairman Billy Payne scolded 14-time major champion Tiger Woods on Wednesday for the sex scandal that forced a five-month layoff Woods will end Thursday at the Masters.
On the eve of the 74th Masters, Payne made an unprecedented statement about player conduct, making it clear that Woods will no longer be judged solely by how well he scores in relation to par when his comeback begins Thursday.
"We hope and pray begin his new life in a positive, hopeful and constructive manner," Payne said.
Payne said Woods will be playing for more than just himself this week as his comeback begins from admitted adultery that has seen more than a dozen women claim sexual affairs with the married father of two.
"This year it will not be just for him but for all of us who believe in second chances," Payne said.
Describing Woods as a fallen role model, Payne said he was most saddened that a younger generation lost an idol.
"He disappointed all of us and more importantly our kids and grandkids," said Payne.
"Is there a way forward? I hope so. I believe so."
Payne said Woods forgot that "with fame and fortune comes responsibility" and hopes that Woods remembers in the future that children among his supporters want his autograph but "would settle for his smile".
Payne, who said he had spoken to Woods and that Woods attended the champions dinner on Tuesday, added that he wanted Woods to understand that "life's greatest rewards" come from helping others.