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Tuesday
Apr122011

Augusta National Grounds Charlie Rymer For Using A Cell Phone

USA Today's Michael McCarthy with the details of Charlie Rymer's Masters ejection. Working the event for Westwood One radio, Rymer used his cell phone outside the media center and was asked to leave the property.

When Rymer, who was credentialed by the Westwood One radio network to cover the tournament, stepped outside the media center to chat on his cell phone, he was nailed by a security guard and asked to leave the premises.

"We explained to him our policy, how we take it very seriously and we sent him home," Augusta spokesman Steve Ethun said Monday.

Rymer apologized and was admitted back Friday, Ethun said. The Masters also kicked out other credentialed media members (as well fans), for using cell phones. But Ethun declined to name them.

Westwood One spokeswoman Chris Miller was contrite about Rymer's ejection Monday. "He made a mistake. They asked him to leave for the rest of the day. He apologized. We know and respect the rules of Augusta National Golf Club. He returned on Friday and for the rest of the tournament," she said

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Reader Comments (17)

Rymer should get the boot for just being Rymer.
04.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSquire
Rymer and Faldo, two of the biggest talkers on TV. Someone please tell them, "less is enough".
04.12.2011 | Unregistered Commenteropgolfer
Tiger Woods heard about Charlie Rymer's ejection, and got quite choked up.
04.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChuck
from the little I've seen of him, he should get prmanently ejected as he adds little if any to the telecasts

wasnt he the clown who was bawling about Tiger's preciament?
04.12.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
Charlie's not the brightest light bulb...I almost expect him to come on the air wearing a lamp shade on his head...typical Golf Channel goofball.
04.12.2011 | Unregistered Commenterrb
No doubt, it was Gay McCord who was calling him...
04.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChuck
I'm sure he teared up. I'm still waiting for Rymer, who is by all accounts a good guy, to contribute one sentence of worthwhile commentary on the game he played. Absolutely worthless gasbag on the air and who can forget his attempt at humor writing at Golfweek? Well, everybody can forget it. Probably a great guy to play a pro-am with, but otherwise, pretty forgettable.
04.12.2011 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Bad week for Rymer. . . When Jason Day shot 64 on Friday it was the new 2nd round record - broke the record of 65 which was co-held by Charlie. . . Speaking of announcing - I specifically noticed - when watching the online coverage - those men spoke much less - in hushed tones - in the "Augusta style" used by the long time CBS people - including Jerry Foltz a Golf Channel regular. . . It is unfortunate that Golf Channel on air types like Rymer - Billy Ray Brown - Curt Byrum - Faldo - Gannon - Hammons and Lerner were never influenced by Frank Chirkinian.
04.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterWisconsin Reader
If only they could've booted Kelly, Rich and Kraig Kann, too
04.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAK47
If Rymer stepped out of the press center to use his cell phone, does that mean he can't use it while in the press center? If so, ANGC has to join the 20th century (21st being way beyond them).

And if you can use one in the press center, well, that's Rymer being Rymer. Nobody ever accused him of being smart. Or funny.
04.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGolden Bell
AK: That is a particularly loathsome triple play you mentioned, although Kann is tolerable as a moderator. Tilghman should start covering lacrosse.
04.12.2011 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
You have to give this to him though. While gazing at the idiot box one evening Rymer appeared on some kind of show with kids in a classroom. One of the questions was: In the British Open I have made 7 birdies and an eagle, what is my score in relation to par? The girl who answered said it was a trick question because he had never been 9-under in a British Open (I paraphrase). Kind of funny.

Ah, lacrosse. The really big sport at Johns Hopkins and the only one that charges admission there. Fun to watch.
Funny that Augusta didn't sanction McDowell or Poulter for the use of their cell phones but stand tough on a commentator and some fans (patrons). What hard asses the powers to be at ANGC are.
04.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
Chuck--who's Gay McCord? son/daughter of Gay Brewer and...
just teasin' you
04.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob S.
Those "low talkers" combined with the loud music or the fan reaction combined to make it difficult to hear at times.
04.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMashie
I like Charlie. My impression is that he is he probably a pretty good guy.

Tilghman...that's another kettle of fish, as Feherty would say.
04.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMulligan
Because he was potty-trained the old-fashioned way, Feherty would say that's another fart in a balloon.
04.12.2011 | Unregistered Commenterloops

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