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Welcome to Twitter, Phil Mickelson

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With some G-rated ribbing, professional golf’s most decorated left-hander has arrived on social media.

Mickelson fired off this tweet in response to Tiger Woods’ promotion of their Thanksgiving money match. (To be fair, it was technically Mickelson‘s third tweet, but still…)

“I’ve stayed off of social media, but after looking at it there is so much more good that far outweighs the bad,” Mickelson said, per ESPN’s Bob Harig. So I’m in.”

Of course, the timing is hardly coincidental, three months out from his made-for-TV showdown with Tiger Woods. Mickelson, natural showman that he is, always made sense on social media. However, Mickelson, naturally gaffe-prone/”I’m such an idiot” that he can be, was always capable of getting himself in trouble on Twitter, etc.

Thus, Lefty’s social media use will be supervised (it’s unclear whether brother Tim will be his social media caddie as well).

“I’ll have a filter,” he said. “It is directly from me but I’ll go through a filter as a safety thing for me. I can easily get in trouble. Some people don’t get my sense of humor, some people take it a different way. It can mean something totally different when it’s written, so I need somebody to kind of check and make sure what I’m saying is OK.”

However, Mickelson readily admitted, “there will be some stupid things that fall through the cracks.”

Hopefully, this means Twitter users will stop tagging the KMPG’s Mickelson Hat account as though it were the golfer.

However, it doesn’t look like @MickelsonHat is going anywhere…

Anyway, Woods-Mickelson is slated for November 23 at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. More details in Gainni’s piece, here.

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Nicklaus: Tiger’s swing is better now than ever

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Jack Nicklaus is teeing it with his grandson, G.T., at the PNC Father/Son Challenge. As has been the case since, well, at least 1997, the Golden Bear was asked about the man closest to his record of 18 major championships.

Beyond weighing in on Woods’ win at the Tour Championship or whether he thinks Tiger has a shot at 18 majors, Nicklaus offered his perspective on Woods post-spinal fusion swing, and he likes what he sees…a lot.

“I think his swing is much better now than it ever was. The reason for that is Tiger was very much up and down with his head and I think that put a lot of pressure on his back.

“The fusion that he had, obviously was something he didn’t want but it was something he needed. … I didn’t think he would ever play golf as well as he’s playing.

“I never dreamed that he would play quite as well as he has and that the operation actually leveled out his head and leveled out his swing.”

High praise, indeed! What do you think about the 18-time major winner’s remarks, GolfWRX members?

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Looks like Little John Daly is a “Long John” as well

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John Daly’s 15-year-old son is again the talk of the PNC Father/Son Challenge. JD and LJD first teed it up in the event together in 2016, and Long John the Younger, with Loudmouth Golf attire that matches his father’s, has been a minor sensation ever since.

Oh, and he can absolutely rip it. Check out Skratch TV’s video from the range at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club in Orlando.

“Thank God I’ve got him on my team this week,” you can hear Daly the Elder say after his son’s missile.

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Proud papa.

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And if you doubt the kid has game and think this is mere puffery, consider he won the IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town last year, triumphing in a five-man playoff.

Or, you can check out this video of Daly talking about his son’s golfing prowess. (However, if you’re offended by a liberal use of the f-word, you may not want to do so)

The pair tee off with Retief and Leo Goosen at 9:36 a.m. tomorrow in the two-day, 36-hole competition. Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera, Jr. won the tournament last year.

 

 

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Adam “Pacman” Jones talks handicap, lowest score, shows off new clubs

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The trick-shot artist, golfing dynamo, and general internet phenomenon that is Matty sat down for a quick nine questions with veteran NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who plays to a 14 handicap.

Check out their conversation below.

Matty also took a peek at the fresh set of clubs in Jones’ bag. It looks like Matty, who is affiliated with Bridgestone Golf, has made sure the veteran cornerback has the company’s latest wares, including custom Tour B X-CB irons and custom KBS Tour shafts.

Hopefully, Matty will follow up with an Adam Jones WOTW (What’s on the Wrist). Holy Rolly, Pacman!

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