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



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.

What do you make of Mickelson’s comments?

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. kevin

    Oct 9, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    his arrogance continues to shine.

  4. 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


    • Tim

      Oct 13, 2018 at 11:48 pm


    • 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. T-Bone

    Oct 7, 2018 at 12:38 pm

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. ND Hickman

    Oct 6, 2018 at 9:29 am

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

  22. 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.

  23. Terry

    Oct 5, 2018 at 10:14 pm

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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?

  26. 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?

  27. 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 🙂

  28. 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.

  29. rex235

    Oct 5, 2018 at 5:47 pm


    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…

  30. 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


    • 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.

  31. Vas

    Oct 5, 2018 at 4:48 pm

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

  32. 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!

  33. 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’.

  34. 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.

  35. 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?

  36. 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: Caddie suit against Tour dropped | Hand surgery for Wie | Former DJ advisor guilty



1. Caddie suit dropped
T.J. Auclair, writing for the Caddie Network (an outlet heretofore unknown to me)…”A lawsuit filed by PGA Tour caddies in 2015 against the PGA Tour has come to an end. Very soon, the Tour will be implementing a healthcare program for all caddies on the PGA Tour that will significantly help caddies and their families off-set healthcare costs.”
  • “The Association of Professional Tour Caddies (APTC) had been seeking a way to minimize the rising costs of healthcare insurance. Those measures included trying to find sponsors for a small part of their caddie bibs, shirt sleeves and hats to heavily subsidize the health costs, which for some caddies, was in excess of $25,000 to cover themselves and their families.”
  • “The caddies lost their class-action suit in District Court in February 2016 and then lost an appeal in August 2018.”
2. Michelle Wie has hand surgery
Our Gianni Magliocco…”Michelle Wie was far from her best at last week’s LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, finishing on a total of eight-over par, which was only good enough for a T66 finish. It was Wie’s first appearance since her withdrawal from the British Open back in August, and today Wie detailed how she has been suffering from an avulsion fracture, bone spurring and nerve entrapment in her right hand since competing at Royal Lytham & St Annes.”
  • “The American stated in a social media post how after countless MRI’s, X-Rays and doctor consultations, she has undergone successful hand surgery, and is on a hopeful path back to being pain free.”
  • Wie…”I made the decision after Hana Bank to withdraw from the rest of the season, come back to the states, and get surgery to fix these issues. It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year but hopefully I am finally on the path to being and STAYING pain free!”
  • “Happy to announce that surgery was a success today and I cannot wait to start my rehab so that I can come back stronger and healthier than ever. Huge thank you to Dr. Weiland’s team at HSS for taking great care of me throughout this process and to all my fans for your unwavering support. It truly means the world to me. I’ll be back soon guys!!!! Promise.”
3. Former DJ advisor found guilty
Per Golf Channel…”A federal jury has found Nathan Hardwick, a former advisor to Dustin Johnson, guilty of embezzling $26 million in funds from his now-bankrupt real estate closing firm, Morris Hardwick Schneider.”
“Per, citing, a 12-person jury convicted Hardwick of “one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 21 counts of wire fraud and one count of making false statements to federally insured banks.”
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach, citing, explains where the money went.
  • “The alleged spending included $18.47 million on gambling, private jet travel and women from 2011 through August 2014. The prosecution submitted two binders of documentation as evidence that Hardwick spent $4.39 million on “female social companions,” including one testifying witness who claimed to have met him through”
  • “Other alleged expenditures described in testimony include more than $7 million at casinos, more than $3 million with a bookie, $680,000 for a luxury condo at The St. Regis Atlanta, $273,000 on a diamond ring, $186,000 on a deposit for a party on a private island, and $635,000 on a trip to the 2014 British Open for golfing buddies that included a customized jet and round at St. Andrews.”
4. The PGA Tour (Latinoamerica) returns to Doral
Golf Channel’s Nick Menta…”PGA Tour Latinoamérica announced Wednesday that it will play its season finale, the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship, at Trump National Doral from Nov. 29-Dec. 2.”
  • “The limited-field event will feature the top 60 players on the circuit’s money list competing on Doral’s Golden Palm Course.”
  • “We are very happy that we will continue playing the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship in South Florida, and Doral is a tremendous community that we know will open its arms to our players and this tournament,” PGA Tour Latinoamérica president Jack Warfield said in a statement.”
  • “The PGA Tour ended its more than 50-year relationship with Doral and the resort’s Blue Monster course back in 2016, when Cadillac’s title sponsorship of the World Golf Championship lapsed.’
5. Brooks Koepka’s No. 1 scenario
Golf Channel…”Brooks Koepka got the inside track against Justin Thomas in their head-to-head battle this week for world No. 1.”
  • “Koepka shot 1-under 71 on Thursday at the CJ Cup, while Thomas shot 1-over 73…Chez Reavie leads after 18 holes at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea, following a 4-under 68.”
  • “Koepka, currently world No. 3, needs to win this week or finish solo second [without Thomas winning] in order to reach the top spot in the rankings for the first time in his career. Thomas, currently No. 4, must win to reclaim the position he surrendered in June.”
6. Does playing the Fall Series matter?
Shane Ryan wonders not just whether we care about fall PGA Tour action, but whether the narrative that getting of to a hot start in autumn can propel a player to a strong season.
  • “Putting aside the appeal of the fall swing, and the tour’s clever ways of ensuring participation, there’s a bigger narrative to contend with: The idea that success in the fall can jumpstart a player’s season, and potentially even establish a spot in the top 30 on the FedEx Cup points list that carries through to the Tour Championship a summer later.”
  • “If that’s true, then sure, it’s a great argument for why the fall matters. It would be like telling an NFL team that if they play really well for the month of September, they can secure a spot in the playoffs. It adds a ton of significance-if you care about the Tour Championship, the narrative goes, then it’s wise to also care about the fall.”
  • “Does the narrative hold up? On the surface, the simple answer is yes: Most fall events are worth 500 points to the winner, just like a normal summer event. (The exceptions are the WGC-HBSC Champions, worth 550 points, and the Sanderson Farms Championship, played that same week and worth 300.) So if a player won in Malaysia, Korea, Las Vegas and Georgia, that player would have 2,050 points. In 2018, only two players had 2,050 FedEx Cup points when the playoffs began, and in 2017 the number was four. Which means if you sweep the fall, you could take the entire year off and still be confident of a top-five position by the time The Northern Trust came around in mid-August….”
Further number crunching confirms the hypothesis. Read Ryan’s full piece here.
7. Bruntsfield joins modernity
BBC Report…”Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society – the fourth oldest golf club in the world – has become the latest to permit women members after a vote.”
  • ‘The Edinburgh club, founded in 1761, has revealed that 83.7% of members casting their vote on Thursday were in favour of the change.”
  • Captain Mike Smith said: “This is an historic occasion for the society…This change, together with a £1.2m investment in our course, will ensure we are well positioned for the future.”
8. Marshal breaks leg
Bernie McGuire writes…”A female volunteer is the latest casualty at a major golf event after breaking her leg in two places while looking for a lost ball on day one of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain.”
  • “The 64-year old marshal slipped badly on wet grass breaking her fibula and tibia in right leg in searching for an errant dive off the 11th tee by Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal.”
  • “Play on the hole was delayed for close to 30-minutes and with four groups banking-up on the tee  as medical crews treated the woman’s injuries before an ambulance arrived at the clubhouse to convey her to a local hospital.”
Get well!
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Michelle Wie undergoes successful hand surgery, to miss rest of 2018



Michelle Wie was far from her best at last week’s LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, finishing on a total of eight-over par, which was only good enough for a T66 finish. It was Wie’s first appearance since her withdrawal from the British Open back in August, and today Wie detailed how she has been suffering from an avulsion fracture, bone spurring and nerve entrapment in her right hand since competing at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

The American stated in a social media post how after countless MRI’s, X-Rays and doctor consultations, she has undergone successful hand surgery, and is on a hopeful path back to being pain free.

Here’s to a quick recovery.

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