Gary Player’s son thinks he should decline Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump


On Wednesday afternoon chaos hit the United States Capitol Building, resulting in the deaths of four Americans. On Thursday morning a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony was scheduled to take place just blocks away.

After the original ceremony in March was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player were slated to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump at 11:30 a.m. ET on Thursday morning in the East Room of the White House. Babe Didrikson Zaharias is also receiving the award posthumously.

One of Player’s six children – his eldest son, Marc – thinks his nine-time major champion father should politely decline the award, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

This isn’t the first time Player and his son have publicly butted heads.

“It is with great sadness that both my personal and business relationship with my father has deteriorated to the extent that it has,” said Marc in a June 2020 story that detailed an ownership and naming rights dispute between Player and the Gary Player Group, his company operated by Marc.

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