Gary Player posts yet another heartfelt message from Masters as elder statesman

The annual Champions Dinner is held at Augusta National Golf Club on Tuesday night during Masters Week.

Defending champion Jon Rahm welcomed 34 former winners and enjoyed a selection of Spanish dishes on the menu.

Gary Player, winner of the 1961, 1974 and 1978 Masters; posted on social media About the evening.

“Tonight, we celebrate Jon Rahm’s outstanding accomplishments over the past year and remember our friend Jackie Burke Jr. I can’t believe I’m now the elder statesman at this table until time runs out. Cherish every moment,” the player wrote.

At 88, he is the oldest returning champion since Jackie Burke Jr. passed away in January.

The South African has also been an honorary starter since 2012, alongside Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.

The player posted a video of himself walking down Magnolia Lane to begin Week 67 at Augusta.

He shockingly ranked Masters fourth in majors last year.

“The reason why the Masters fell to fourth place is because it is not intended to be better than others,” the player said. “The Masters Tournament is not a championship. Tournaments cannot be ranked ahead of championships.”

Semantics aside, the Masters is clearly a prestigious event, and players are honored to be in their current positions.

Now that he’s an elder statesman, the player seems to be thinking even more deeply about the importance of the Masters.

A day later, he headed to X again with another team. emotional message.

“The love we receive from our patrons at the Masters each year is simply amazing. Jack, Tom and I are so honored to be a part of this special occasion. We would like to thank everyone who came to see us. Even though it was only one shot, , We live for moments like this! GP”

There’s no telling how long the 88-year-old legend will be a part of our presence at Augusta National. But despite this, he will be cherished forever.

Savannah Lee Richardson is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through.For more golf coverage, follow us @_PlayingThrough On all major social platforms. You can also follow her on Twitter @SportsGirls and Instagram @savannah_leigh_sports.