CARNOUSTIE – As the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links drew to a close on Sunday, three-time Open champion Gary Player, aka The Black Knight, slammed the attitude of some of the modern players.
The nine-time Major champion Player criticised the reluctance of current players to give of their time.
“If it wasn’t for you guys and women (the media) in this room, we wouldn’t be playing for the kind of prize money we’re playing for, and young athletes don’t recognise this,” said the 82-year-old.
This reporter spoke to eight of the 12 South Africans playing in The Open before the tournament began, and only two were enthusiastic and willing to do an interview.
One two-time SA Major champion was approached near the putting green after he finished a session, and was particularly reluctant when requested for an interview.