On Jan. 23, Wayne Player was arrested over an incident involving a house rental at the 2018 Masters. The Augusta Chronicle reported that Player, 56, was charged in Columbia County with deposit account fraud for writing a bad check. The arrest stemmed from an incident at last year’s Masters, when Player had rented a house in Evans, Ga. for two nights but his payment check bounced due to insufficient funds.
Player owned up to his mistakes in a Golf Channel interview, acknowledging he’d failed to follow up with payment after his check was rejected initially. “I reached out to the guy, and I wasn’t doing very well financially at the time, and I said, ‘Look, I’ll send you $1,000 now,’ which I never did,” he said. “I actually put the letter from the lawyer under a heap of papers and I forgot about it, which I am 100 percent responsible for.”
The reason Player was detained was because his flight to South Africa passed through Atlanta, where he was stopped during a layover.
Player said in the interview that the homeowners received the $2,000 they were owed while he was in jail. “I spent five days and five nights of hell,” he said. “I was jailed for 22 out of 24 hours a day. It was not a pleasant experience.”
Player also addressed another issue he had gotten into at the 2018 Masters: a battery charge after he had failed to deliver on a $6,850 per person package. Todd Feltz and his wife purchased the package, which promised tickets, meals, drinks and meet-and-greets, but got none of it. Player blamed high ticket prices for the situation.
In a subsequent interaction, Feltz claims that Player headbutted him to the ground. Player countered that it was a “nudge with my head, not a full-blown headbutt” though he pled guilty to simple battery.
Player, a former professional golfer who lives in Tequesta, Fla., expressed regret that the situation could reflect poorly on his father, who he described as “an honorable, wonderful man.”