Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam SLAMMED for accepting medal from Donald Trump

Even Gary Player's son believed his father should have declined the Medal of Freedom...

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Fri, 8 Jan 2021

Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam SLAMMED for accepting medal from Donald Trump

Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam have been slammed by golf fans around the world for standing beside Donald Trump at the White House to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom, just a day after hundreds of his supporters stormed the US Capitol building, to which he responded by telling them "we love you, you're very special".

Golf fans were infuriated to see Player and Sorenstam accept an award from Trump and believed that both of them should have declined the medal, an opinion that was even shared by Player's own son.

There's no denying that what Sorenstam, 50, has accomplished for the women's game is nothing short of extraordinary, but accepting an award from a man who most deinitely does not share her views on gender equality will now tarnish her name.

Player on the other hand, who turned 85 in November, is without a doubt one of the greatest golfers to ever grace the game, but this is not the first time he has been in the firing line for his political views.

The ceremony held for Player and Sorenstam was not open to the public and was held in secret and prior to receiving their medal, Player's son Marc, who is heavily involved in the golf industry, tweeted that he wishes his father would simply decline the award.

"I wish my father would simply & politely decline this “award” at this time. Tone deaf. In denial. Wrong!!" tweeted Marc on Thursday.

Marc's view was of course shared by thousands, with golf fans from all over the world slamming Player and Sorenstam for their actions.

(Main Image Source: Instagram - @gary.player & @annikas59

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