Payne gives Tiger "fatherly" advice

News 12 First at Five, April 7, 2010

AUGUSTA---Wednesday of Masters Week is the day the Augusta National chairman takes questions from the media. Billy Payne faced reporters today to talk about a variety of things, including Tiger Woods. When Payne took up that subject, it was reminiscent of something a father would say to his son.

"He disappointed all of us, and more importantly our kids and our grandkids," Payne said. "His future will never again be measured against par, but measured by the sincerity of his efforts to change."

Woods returned to the Masters with questions to answer about how he plays the game of golf and the game of life. And the chairman of Augusta National was also thinking about all the kids lining the fairways this week. He said he wanted Tiger to know that with fame and fortune comes responsibility for a Masters champion.

In the end, Payne says it's about the future of the game of golf itself--in other words, about the young people.

"Our hero did not live up to the expectations of the role model we saw for our children," he said.

Those expectations come right along with a championship Tiger has managed to win four times.

"I hope he can come to understand that life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who bring joy to the lives of other people," Payne said.

Before coming back to Augusta, Tiger himself was wondering whether he could ever do that again, but the galleries this week have already answered that question.

What now?

"We at Augusta (National) hope and pray that our great champion will begin his new life here tomorrow in a positive, hopeful and constructive manner--but this time with a significant difference from the past," Payne said.

Payne says that difference is Tiger Woods doing it not just for himself, but for all of us who believe in second chances.

Payne also mentioned that security at Augusta National is tight out of concern for any disruptions, but was quick to say the club is not threatened by what he called "big news stories".

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  • by Ms. Brown Location: South Augusta on Apr 8, 2010 at 09:13 PM
    Billy Payne, you are a disgrace to the city of Augusta to say the things you said. You are such a PERFECT MAN you've never in your life had any down falls. We know that golf is a gentlemen game but there are NO PERFECT GOLFERS playing the game of golf at Augusta National.
  • by Janet on Apr 8, 2010 at 03:39 PM
    Ok enough about Tiger Woods and his women. Lets hear about the golf game. God will do the forgiving.
  • by susan Location: new york on Apr 8, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    not defending tiger but, all the perfect people that want to give "fatherly advice" should get the beam out of their own eyes and leave tiger alone! only a perfect GOD can judge tiger!
  • by Melissa Location: Beech Island on Apr 8, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    Why can't people just leave Tiger alone? Everybody acts like they are so much better then him, when in reality we all make mistakes just some get caught. I believe Mr. Payne needs to direct his comments to more positivity then negative. Our children and grandchildren need to know that we are human and we all are capable of making mistakes, BUT ALL CAN BE FORGIVEN. Leave Tiger Woods alone!!!!!
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