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Robert Trent Jones Jr responds to Gary Players Diss!

Robert Trent Jones Jr responds to Gary Players Diss!

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Gary Player had some strong words to say about Chambers Bay, calling it “the worst course I have ever seen.”  

Robert Trent Jones has responded that Gary had an ulterior motive in his comment as they are both in the design business and compete for the same jobs.  He feels that was a low blow!  What do you think?  Post your comments below.  Thanks to GOLF .com and Joe Passov for this controversial article.

In a week punctuated by dismissive barbs over the design and condition of Chambers Bay, none were as cutting as Gary Player’s. The 79-year-old South African legend was in town being honored by the USGA for his U.S. Open win 50 years ago, but Player’s place at the podium turned into a bully pulpit, with Chambers Bay the target.

Robert Trent Jones Jr responds to Gary Players Diss!

On Friday, during a Yahoo Sports “Grandstanding” podcast, Player labeled Chambers Bay as “one of the worst golf courses I’ve seen in my 63 years as a pro.” Among other disparaging remarks about the course, he called it “basically unplayable,” adding, “the man who designed this golf course had to have one leg shorter than the other.”

The man who designed this golf course is Robert Trent Jones Jr. together with associate Bruce Charlton and former associate Jay Blasi.

Speaking exclusively to, Jones offered a rebuttal to Player’s comments.

“First of all, you have to understand that Gary is a competitor in the design business,” says Jones. “He was a ruthless competitor in his playing days and at times he can be that way in the design business. We compete for jobs all over the world. I can tell you that I’m open to constructive criticism, but to make it personal is something I can’t understand. What purpose does it serve to find fault with the USGA, with the men who set it up and with the design itself? All I can tell you is that I don’t comment on my competitors. I don’t need to enter a public debate with Gary Player.”

To read more on Robert Trent Jones’ response to Gary Player, read on.

Source: Joe Passov

Pictures: CJ Anderson

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