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Phil Mickelson: Playing courses like Le Golf National “is a waste of my time”

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After lighting up the Safeway Open on Thursday afternoon with a round of 65, Phil Mickelson gave an interesting interview after finishing his round. While discussing his impressive opening round of seven-under par around Silverado Country Club, Mickelson talked about his experience at last week’s Ryder Cup and the course itself, Le Golf National. When questioned about the bitter fallout that continues to rumble on from the U.S. camp, Mickelson described the team unity of the American side last week as “one of the best weeks of team unity that he’s seen from a U.S. side”.

Mickelson also commented on Le Golf National, and how it’s a golf course that “is a waste of time my time to play”. When asked directly about the struggles of the U.S. side at the host course of last week’s Ryder Cup, Mickelson stated:

“The fact is that they had brutal rough, almost unplayable, and it’s not the way I play. Here (Silverado CC), I can miss some fairways, and it’s playable. I’m 48; I’m not going to play tournaments with rough like that anymore, it’s a waste of my time. I’m going to play courses that are playable and that I can play aggressive, attacking, make a lot of birdies style of golf that I like to play.”

Mickelson’s performance at Le Golf National last week certainly supports his claim that golf courses that set up with tight fairways and thick rough are a waste of his time to play, but his comments are sure to raise some serious questions over what exactly he was doing in Paris for the 2018 Ryder Cup. Captain Jim Furyk came under attack for some of the decisions he made last week in Paris, and as a captains pick Mickelson’s comments about his inability to play courses such as Le Golf National is sure to add more fuel to that particular fire. Mickelson’s statements also bring up the question mark of his own preparation and knowledge of Le Golf National, and if it was even right on his part to accept his captain’s pick.

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  1. Stephen Donaght

    Oct 22, 2018 at 10:21 am

    We play the ball as it lies and the course in front of us, that is part of the unique nature of golf. All courses are different and we all have setups and styles we prefer. But it is as much a mental game as a physical one. You need the mental acuity to choose the right shot and the self discipline to deal with the consequences when it doesn’t turn out as planned. It seems to me that Phil no longer has the burning desire to discipline himself to the demands of the course.

    I am sure he will make a killing on the Champions Tour though.

  2. Simms

    Oct 17, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    A player considered “A Great Player” would fit his game to the course, Ten thousand golf instructors out there would tell you sometimes a driver or even a wood off the tee is not the right club. Us poor amateur hackers are hitting 3 woods and 3,4 irons into par 4 greens from our 180 yard drives in the fairways everyday….so sad if a pro is upset because he does not have a wage from 150 on a 480 yard par 4…..I loved that set up for this years rider cup, made a 240 yard drive in the fairway a plus over the 320 yard drive in the ruff.

  3. dixiedoc

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Well he proves it once again, Phil is all about Phil. Please don’t show up at any more Rider Cups.

    • David Lehmann

      Oct 19, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      What is a “Rider” Cup?

      • David LehmannTheJack4ss

        Oct 24, 2018 at 1:21 pm

        The one where 2 teams take turns riding David’s mum

  4. kevin

    Oct 9, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    his arrogance continues to shine.

  5. AggOwl

    Oct 8, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Mickelson and woods were both picked because they increase the viewership which sells more advertising which means more profit to the networks who bought the broadcasting rights. It’s that simple. Neither of them were going to refuse an offer to play and piss off all of the sponsors.

    This sport is a business like any other professional sport. It’s all driven by sponsors dollars and selling advertising.

    That is the only reason they were picked. Which means this team was sold to the highest bidder.

    • Christopher Hansen

      Oct 8, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      Amen.

    • Tim

      Oct 13, 2018 at 11:48 pm

      yup!

    • Ev

      Oct 19, 2018 at 6:34 am

      Sorry but you’re wrong. Woods was close to winning 2 majors and also won the Tour Championship beating the top 30 players in the world.

      • Gurt

        Oct 21, 2018 at 1:33 pm

        Woods is never any good at Matchplay. It’s no solid comparison.

        • U_Who

          Oct 25, 2018 at 1:54 am

          Bull… he won US Am 3 years in a row !!!

          • John

            Nov 2, 2018 at 3:36 pm

            The difference is the Ryder Cup is a team event and Woods is all about himself.

      • AggOwl

        Nov 5, 2018 at 7:58 am

        He had some success, yes. Not a slam to Woods, just a fact niether he or Mickelson would have been picked were it not for sponsor pressure.

        Tiger undoubtedly was the greatest player in the game at one time. He is the best thing that ever happened to the business of golf but the worst thing that ever happened to the game of golf.

  6. Aaron

    Oct 8, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    I thought picking him was a bad choice based just on his US Open ‘shenanigans’ aka cheating. A shame to see him live up to exactly that performance, guess we should have believed him the first time.

  7. Mike

    Oct 8, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    More sour grapes from a man at the end of his career. Hasn’t changed from the time he was so critical of the great Tom Watson. Beginning to sound like he is the problem in the team!

  8. Jack Nash

    Oct 8, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    So is your Cup record. When you’re in the trees a lot it’s hard to see the greens. You’ll still get great sponsorship though.

  9. Mike Barnard

    Oct 8, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Tragic chat from Phil. One trick pony from now on. Disrespectful to his Captain, teammates and fans. I thought all top pros could hit the ball relatively long and fairly straight … it’s what they do for a job?? You get the odd genius of Seve who was wild off the tee and ( like Phil ) has a mercurial short game , but you would NEVER have heard Seve talk like that. Totally tragic comments.

  10. joro

    Oct 8, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Well Phil, you could have dropped out and let somebody who wanted to win play. Face it, you and Tiger are RC losers. I have pulled for you every time you compete since your career started only to be disappointed by your pathetic finishes. You always seem to Phuque it up somehow thinking you can still play like you used to and of course you won’t change anything that people toll you, stubborn is the word. So do I not wast My time pulling for you, or are you going to wake up and adjust so you can win again, you can do it you know, just take your head out of your rear and adjust. And i would suggest you start listening to what Butch is telling you, he is right. I wish you good luck in the future.

  11. Tom54

    Oct 8, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Hard to believe a player with his talents never learned a swing that would eliminate one side of the course. Seems all his career he found both sides of deep rough. The fact that he nearly won so many US Opens is a testament of his great short game. If he would just face up to needing to hit it straighter instead of fussing about the course setup he might come across a little better. Maybe he should try a shorter shaft in the driver.Not that I was gonna watch,but he needs to get better if he thinks he even has a prayer against Tiger in their upcoming match.

    • Tim

      Oct 13, 2018 at 11:53 pm

      with the phil vs tiger match, i think they are going to add some dimension to it. If it were straight match play or stroke play tiger might be up 5 after 7-8 holes and the ratings would drop. i think there will be something weird that will be applied.

  12. Kevin Kelly

    Oct 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Let me write directly (lol) to Phil I listened to and read this account of your comments. You’re right and I agree with you 100%. You should have declined the team offer (since you were picked) because of what you’ve so eloquently described and shared. You were absolutely the worst “horses for course” pick in history of Ryder Cup. And I love watching you play ( was 75 yards away when you the behind the tree off the pinestraw shot and your not so high jump Masters wind!” You should have been gentleman enough at this stage if life to proudly Thank Jim for the offer and then politely declined. Thanks for reading, Respectfully

    Btw Nice article, well written and on point young man.

  13. Timothy

    Oct 8, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    I cheer for individual players rather than US or European ,so I’m not biased that way, but I thought the course was ridiculous. I kept looking for windmills, water slides and rubber ducks. Oh well, these choices are all about money and politics.

  14. Tom

    Oct 8, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Phi stop being a ???? crybaby. You’re paid big bucks , so stuff it and admit you were beaten far and square.

  15. Me

    Oct 8, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Mickelson needs to take a couple years off and try to reinvent himself for the Champions tour.

    In the meantime he could work on his NFL picks and insider trading investments.

  16. Funkaholic

    Oct 8, 2018 at 11:22 am

    In other words “I am a big baby and will only play in pristine conditions because I am not, nor have I ever been, up to a challenge.” Phil wants his rough like my fairways, his tee box like my greens and his hazards totally out of play.

  17. Bert Gwaltney

    Oct 7, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Sad day again for Phil, US Open Rules fiasco, now condemning a course he could not handle, nor could the team, but the Euro’s could. Basically I’m not sure Phil could handle any course that required accuracy, especially driver accuracy.

    Was a favorite but have lost respect for him and any comments he would make. Hopefully we won’t suffer from his Captaincy.

  18. T-Bone

    Oct 7, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    So does this mean he’s not going to play in the US Open anymore?

  19. Shane Ingram

    Oct 6, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Isn’t it more relevant that Phil wasted the US team and its supporters time in energy and resources in an event where he wasn’t going to contribute but someone else would have had a much better chance? Or is it about Phil and not the team?

    • larrybud

      Oct 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      Gees Phil, you should have said something sooner. You knew how the course was going to be set up.

      • Alvaro

        Oct 8, 2018 at 2:09 pm

        Maybe he didn’t. It looked like he didn’t care at all.

  20. Tom Duckworth

    Oct 6, 2018 at 10:43 am

    A very poor comment from Phil. He should have bowed out and Jim should have focused on players that fit that course.
    Isn’t golf about adapting to be course to shoot a good score. Maybe distance isn’t the problem on tour it’s wide fairways with light
    rough. I don’t watch golf on TV to see how far they can drive I watch to see good golf but I guess that’s what thePGA thinks we want.
    They have created their own problem by setting up courses for long wild bombers. They too often give in to whining golfers that want the course to play easy so they can play “birdie ” golf whatever that is.

  21. drbopperthp

    Oct 6, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Vijay Singh told you all about Mr. FIGJAM a long time ago. But you didn’t want to listen. So now you know.

  22. ND Hickman

    Oct 6, 2018 at 9:29 am

    He just turned up to do his high kick in the team room.

  23. JP

    Oct 5, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Tiger just sent Shadow Creek GC a bunch of money to start watering the rough and to stop cutting it.

  24. Terry

    Oct 5, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Losing respect for Phil and his antics/comments over the past year. What a shmuck

  25. Johnny Penso

    Oct 5, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Funny how people hail Patrick Reed and his family as a heros for airing their grievances in public but Phil is fat and lazy for doing the same thing…lol.

  26. Tom

    Oct 5, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Maybe he could run after his ball if it is heading toward the rough and hit it while its moving like he did in the US Open?

  27. Tom

    Oct 5, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Watching Phil play Tiger on Thanksgiving would be a big waste of viewers time and money (pay-for-view). When the going gets “rough” Phil evidently quits?

  28. Red

    Oct 5, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Phil, if this was such a waste of your time, why did you not spare Jim Furyk from wasting his wild card on you?
    If you’d have checked earlier, you’d have realised that the course is not your super-wide fairway that supports your play.
    So, instead of telling Furyk that you are not fit for playing there, you still do, just so you can get on the record books?
    Great sense of what a team needs you have there 🙂

  29. Kim Hay

    Oct 5, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    OK, Phil, do not enter any more US Opens which have tight fairways and rough. You totally exaggerated the width of the fairways in Paris, not 14-16 yards wide as you stated, more like 20 to 40 yards. You have acted poorly this year, gross rules infraction and now slagging a venue that was more like a USA style course than a European style course. How about showing some humility, you were not prepared, did not play well and are now looking for excuses. Definitely falling down the respect ladder and not being a very good example for the many fans who enjoy watching you play.

  30. rex235

    Oct 5, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    So-

    Phil Mickelson’s last shot in a Ryder Cup event will be a tee shot in the water (eau)?

    Do not despair! The PGA will offer him a Captaincy…in the US-

    Then again…

  31. Joeg Voll

    Oct 5, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Wow? I consider myself to be quite a fan of Phil’s, but he lost quite a bit of my respect with this comment! (Not that it matters.) YOU SHOULD’VE DECLINED THE INVITATION THEN PHIL! IF PLAYING A COURSE LIKE THIS, is a waste of your time, then let 1 of the young guys take your place! How was the courses rough unfair??? The Europeans didn’t seem to mind, while they were waxing your @ss up and down the fairways! I wish I could add some colorful 4-letter expletives, to match my real feelings about PM’s comments! Hey Phil, maybe if you practiced keeping the ball in the fairways, instead of “dancing” like CP30 in need of a lube job, you could’ve actually contributed something in the Ryder Cup???

    • Luke Skywhacker

      Oct 5, 2018 at 6:17 pm

      C-3PO

    • Scheiss

      Oct 5, 2018 at 6:18 pm

      They were all there to visit Paris and Versailles with their respective WAGS. That’s why they didn’t decline to play.

  32. Vas

    Oct 5, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    He’s totally right… but I’m sure Xander Schauffele would have liked that spot.

  33. Thomas

    Oct 5, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    If this is the case, why didn’t Phil scout the course before the event and tell Captain Furyk NOT to pick him? I’m sure he ego wouldn’t allow that!

  34. Anthony B

    Oct 5, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    They hit lots of fairways on the Senior Tour Phil. In the meantime, betting on Mickelson for the Players, US Open or the British Open would be a ‘waste of my time’.

  35. Pete O'Tube

    Oct 5, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    So in future Mickleson will only play on courses with no hazards, no rough and no challenge. You’re a fat, lazy waste of time. Get some backbone and test yourself, see how good you can be if you hit it STRAIGHT. Pathetic response from a has-been.

  36. Paul stocks

    Oct 5, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Absolute arrogance as usual from the Americans

    Why didn’t he play it in advance like Justin Thomas,why did furyk pick him ,both teams had to play the same course,,and the fact he said it’s the best team spirit he’s ever been in is the most worrying thing.

    • GolfGolfGolf

      Oct 6, 2018 at 6:50 am

      *American. Don’t generalize

    • Funkaholic

      Oct 8, 2018 at 11:27 am

      Ridiculous generalization, Phil is not all “Americans”, most of us don’t respect him and his antics. Typical, smug, uninformed European.

      • Meroo

        Oct 9, 2018 at 4:02 am

        Hey Funk,then you proceed to generalise about Euro’s. Hypocrite much?

  37. William Davis

    Oct 5, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    He really should learn not to make comments like this. Makes him look very silly – again.

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GolfWRX Morning 9: Stats of the year | Tiger Woods is rich…but David Copperfield is richer

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By Ben Alberstadt (ben.alberstadt@golfwrx.com)

December 19, 2018

Good Wednesday morning, golf fans.
1. The stats the shaped golf in 2018
Golf Channel’s Justin Ray looks at 2018 through the lens of key stats.
A few…
  • FINAU SO CLOSE, SO OFTEN…“By virtually every measure, it was a landmark year for Tony Finau. He had top-10 finishes in each of the first three majors. His eleven top-10s in the 2017-18 PGA Tour season trailed only Dustin Johnson.  And in December, he moved into the top-10 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.”
  • “Yet, Finau finds himself with just one PGA Tour win so far. Over the last three seasons, Finau has 20 top-10 finishes – twice as many as any player without a victory in that span. Tony can find solace in his bank account – his $5.62 million in official earning last season are the second-most in PGA Tour history by a player without a victory.”
  • WEBB SIMPSON WINS THE PLAYERS…”The Players is one of the least predictable tournaments in golf. There has never been a back-to-back winner, no player has ever won the event at TPC Sawgrass more than twice, and the world ranking of the last five winners has run the numerical gamut (61, 13, 1, 75. 41).”
  • “So it’s not that Webb Simpson won that’s shocking, but how he did it. In the 2015-16 season, only eight players had a worse strokes-gained putting average per round than Simpson. That translated to 84th in the FedExCup standings that year, despite being fifth on Tour in strokes-gained approach.”
2. A Tiger on the rich list
ESPN report on TW’s position on the just-relased Forbes list of richest celebrities…”Tiger Woods ranked in a tie with author James Patterson for ninth at $800 million, which positions himself in the years ahead to have a go at adding “billionaire” to descriptions of him.”
  • “Lest he get too cocky, Michael Jordan is worth more than twice as much, at $1.7 billion, fourth on the list…Just ahead of Tiger is Diddy at $825 million, while Kylie Jenner, the wunderkind who is the sole owner of Kylie Cosmetics, is No. 5 at $900 million. George Lucas is a runaway No. 1 at $5.4 billion.”
  • “Last year, Woods was ranked eighth at $750 million. Woods’ improbable comeback from injuries, capped by a victory in the Tour Championship, already has paid dividends to his bottom line in 2018 and is likely to continue doing so into the future. Last month, it was announced that Woods has signed a multi-year deal with Discovery Inc. to provide content on its streaming video platform, GOLFTV.”
3. Cheers, Kyle Thompson, others
AP Report on a trip Kyle Thompson and other pros took to visit the tropps.
  • “Thompson joined David Hearn of Canada, Kris Blanks Shaun Micheel and Billy Hurley III, a surface warfare officer in the Navy and the only player from a service academy to win on the PGA Tour.”
  • “They met with the troops at Camp Lemonnier, a forward deployed military base in a country on the Gulf of Aden that shares a border with Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea. They saw the operations, gave a golf clinic and individual lessons to anyone who wanted them and even had a trivia night. It was part of the tour’s “Birdies for the Brave” program. This trip was mainly about boosting morale and showing support.”
  • “Not one person was unimpressive,” Thompson said. “The coolest thing was a lot of these guys were in the reserves. The commanding officer works for Dell. The No. 2 guy works at Booz Allen. And they’ve been stationed over there for a year.”
4. Jason Day ready to make another No. 1 push
AP column…”There has to be some kind of sacrifice,” Day said in the Bahamas before shutting it down for the year. “I was reading the Kobe Bryant book, and he knew there was something he had to sacrifice, so he sacrificed sleep. Because he couldn’t sacrifice family, he couldn’t sacrifice competing, and not working.”
  • “”What can I sacrifice?” he added with a smile. “Sleep.”…Day knows the cost of being the best golfer on the planet because he already reached that summit.”
  • “He first reached No. 1 in the fall of 2015 after winning five times that year, including his first major at the PGA Championship. The following spring, he won three more tournaments in a span of six starts, capped by a wire-to-wire victory in The Players Championship that gave him the highest points average in the world ranking since Tiger Woods. He stayed No. 1 for 47 weeks and looked to be the dominant player he always wanted to be.”
5. Emerald Isle, Pt 3
A bit of our Gianni Magliocco’s latest exploration of Ireland.
  • “In Part Two of our Exploring Ireland Series, we focused on the north-west of the island, taking the trip to County Donegal and showcasing the Old Tom Morris Links. Now it’s time for Part Three, and we’re staying along the “Wild Atlantic Way,” and heading down along the coast and into County Clare.”
  • “Clare is easily one of the top destinations in Ireland. The county is home to some of the best scenery in the country, with one particular natural wonder drawing well over a million visitors each year. Along with its incredible sights, the county is of course home to some of the top golf courses on the island and is a contender for the best destination in Ireland for traditional music, with a multitude of bars hosting live music sessions each night of the week.”
  • “While Trump Doonbeg and the host of next year’s Irish Open, Lahinch Golf Club, often grab all of the headlines for courses in Clare, they aren’t the only options. Diverting away from those well-known spots, my recommendation for a day out on the links in this area is at Spanish Point Golf Club.”
  • “Spanish Point is a real hidden gem out west. The track is a nine-hole course that took the title this year for “Best 9 Hole Course in Munster.” The course opened in 1896, and sits right on top of the Spanish Point beach, offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.”
6. Nicklaus, Norman & more on driving
At last week’s PNC Father/Son, Andrew Tursky talked to Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, and others about driving the golf ball’
“Q: In your opinion, you can include yourself, who are the top 3 greatest drivers of the golf ball of all time?”
  • “NICKLAUS: Norman’s gotta be (up there). Norman was a really good driver. He drove the ball very long and very straight. Norman was a really good driver of the golf ball. Norman was good. I mean Hogan was really good. Snead was really good. And I didn’t see Byron play that much but I’m sure Byron was really good. I mean Irwin was a really good driver of the golf ball. I think I was a good driver. I think if you take length and accuracy I was probably close to the top of the list every year. Not that they kept stats back then. Wieskopf was a really good driver of the golf ball. Actually Johhny Miller was a really good driver of the golf ball. I’ve given you more than three.”
  • “Arnold became a good driver of the golf ball after he stopped winning majors. Arnold drove it all over the place when he was young, and he won from there. A bit like Tiger. Tiger drove it all over the place and still won. And once Arnold actually stopped winning he became a really good driver. I mean really good.”
  • “Today’s game, you know, I don’t really know who’s a good driver today. I can’t tell because they hit it so far, and I don’t think they pay much attention to accuracy.
  • “Because I think the best drivers are the guys that hit it the longest and the straightest; the combination of the two. And when they need to. And a lot of times it’s either a 2-iron or a 1-iron or a 4-wood is a drive too. It’s being smart with what club you play off the tee. Because that’s part of it, that’s still driving. Not just hitting with a driver.”
7. Ain’t what they used to be!
Geoff Shackelford referencing the Powers article that leads this newsletter.
  • “Tiger’s 4.57 scoring average on par-5s stands out. “
  • “Powers writes…The number matches the worst mark in Woods’ career; in 2013 he also had a 4.57 average. However that year it was good enough to tie him for fourth on tour. This year, that mark tied him for 24th, by far the worst standing of his career in the category. Prior to this season, Woods had never finished worse than T-6 for a season in par-5 scoring average.”
  • “While it may stand out to Tiger as something to consider, the notion that the same number this year was only good for 24th compared to 4th just five years ago is yet another remind kids to do your Wall Planks!”

Full piece.

8. Wearing golf clothes off the golf course. Yay or nay?
A few of the gents from National Club Golfer discuss the wearing of golf clothes off the course.
  • “Alex: Most golf clothes aren’t acceptable on the course, let alone off it. I’m talking to you, man in your 50s wearing the orange Puma outfit that even Rickie Fowler has grown out of.”
  • “Steve: Under orders to root through the wardrobe, I discovered something my wife later said was quite disturbing about my character: I wear golf clothes EVERY day. Now I’m not turning up at the gym in a pair of freshly pressed trousers or going out to the shops in a set of spikes, but at a conservative estimate I probably own about 50 golf polo shirts and not a morning goes by where I’m not sliding one over my head.”
  • “Alex: Everyone in this conversation is a dad, so I know that, like me, all of you opt for comfort over style each morning. And more often than not, your golf clothes are the most comfortable you own.”
  • “Mark: It is unacceptable and I’m as guilty as most of looking like a failed assistant pro quite often. A decent/fashionable/inoffensive pair of spikeless shoes and possibly an unobtrusive zip top are just about OK, a pair of bad trousers – with even worse piping – is horrific.”
9. FCC complaints alive and well!
Geoff Shackelford hat tipping Josh Berhow…”Nice work by Golf.com’s Josh Berhow to obtain the uptick in FCC complaints over 2018 on-course obscenities. Instagram subscribers to Bob Menery, these are not.”
  • “Interestingly it was not Tiger or Justin Thomas but the gentle Xander Schauffele who earned the most complaints for his Open Championship swearing.”
  • “On SUNDAY, my family was treated to a golfer saying the word ‘s-‘  during The Open on NBC Golf,” wrote the viewer from Paradise Valley,  Ariz. “Don’t they have a delay to cut that sound out? Seriously, a Sunday morning shouldn’t have programming with indecent language.”
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Tiger Woods among the top-10 richest American celebrities for 2018

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After a successful comeback year on the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods is back amongst the wealthiest celebrities in the U.S, coming in T9 in a list published by Forbes on Tuesday.

According to the list, Woods’ current net worth is estimated at around $800 million. That figure has risen $50 million since the beginning of 2018, with the majority of his earnings coming from his sponsorship deals.

Woods earned $5,443,841 on the PGA Tour in 2018, in a year where he recorded seven top-10 finishes, one of which resulted in his 80th PGA Tour title at the Tour Championship in September. The majority of his earnings came from his main sponsorship deals, which includes the likes of Nike Golf, TaylorMade, and Monster Energy. While Woods also took in additional income from his course design fees.

Michael Jordan is the only other sports celebrity to make the rich list. Jordan has an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion, which places him fourth on the list. Jordan’s jump up the list is reportedly due to the rising value of the Charlotte Hornets, which Jordan has a large stake in, as well as the former NBA stars popular Air Jordan shoes.

According to Forbes, the value of each celebrity is estimated by using the net worth earnings previously published for the Forbes 400, Billionaires list and ranking of America’s Richest Self-Made Women.

Here is a look at the Top 10 in full:

  • 1. George Lucas, $5.4 billion
  • 2. Steven Spielberg, $3.7 billion
  • 3. Oprah Winfrey, $2.8 billion
  • 4. Michael Jordan, $1.7 billion
  • 5. (tie) Kylie Jenner, $900 million
  • 5. (tie) Jay-Z $900 million
  • 7. David Copperfield, $875 million
  • 8. Diddy, $825 million
  • 9. (tie) Tiger Woods, $800 million
  • 9. (tie) James Patterson, $800 million

 

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Rory McIlroy ready to commit to European Tour after crisis talks with Keith Pelley

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Last month, news emerged that Rory McIlroy was set to give up his European Tour card, but it now looks as if the Irishman has had a change of heart.

European Tour boss, Keith Pelley, is said to have flown to Belfast for crisis talks with the four-time major winner, and McIlroy is now ready to commit to an additional two European Tour events in 2019 to secure his card.

The 29-year-old had not been set to feature on the European Tour in 2019 until July, but there is now an excellent chance that McIlroy will compete in an event in the middle east in January, and it also opens up the possibility for him to feature at the Irish Open in July.

McIlroy had previously come under fire from some quarters, including Paul McGinley who is on the European Tour board, for what they felt was disloyalty to the European Tour. The four-time major champ’s remark that “Next year, I am looking out for me” did little to improve relations, but it appears as if McIlroy, as he has done in the past, has backed down from his original headstrong position.

In 2016, the 29-year-old was backed into a corner over who he would choose to represent at the Olympic Games. McIlroy eventually declared for Ireland, but later withdrew from the games, and then took a swipe at those who were disappointed with the move, claiming, “it’s not my responsibility to grow the game.”

It appears that this latest U-turn from McIlroy continues the trend of the 29-year-old opting to temper his original views or intentions in the face of pressure.

GolfWRXers, do you feel McIlroy should be more mindful in his pressers or do you find his honesty refreshing?

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