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“0% chance” Justin Thomas watches PPV match between Woods and Mickelson



Next month’s pay-per-view event between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson has split opinions, and until now, fellow PGA Tour professionals have not had their say publicly on the match. While participating in a Q&A with fans on social media, Justin Thomas was asked whether or not he’ll be ordering the match between the two golfing legends.

His answer was pretty definitive.

With the fourth ranked player in the world stating his complete lack of interest in the matchup, is the pay-per-view event in danger of turning into a farce? Will his honesty allow more Tour professionals to come out and comment on the matchup? Where does the matchup rank in your priorities?

Let us know your thoughts, GolfWRX Members.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag



  1. oscar Medina

    Oct 16, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I would much rather watch 5 pros play a high stakes wolf game or have an open one day tournament with a 100k buy in. Anyone that is willing to pay can play pro and amateur.

  2. Dave r

    Oct 14, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Perfect two mutts playing for millions while some starve in your country perfect. You both are such a perfect profile of what greed is . I used to like Phil but he’s no different than the rest of blow hard yanks he’s mister me me I I . Never did like the other guy he is playing so enough said. Hope this whole thing is a flop .

  3. Travis

    Oct 12, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    0% chance I care what JT watches on TV

  4. frank cichon

    Oct 12, 2018 at 11:43 am

    All this talk of “growing the game”…….PPV really helps to “grow the game”….for sure it will grow two bank accounts!

  5. joro

    Oct 11, 2018 at 10:45 am

    The question is how much will Tiger win by. What a waste of Money watching them make a lot of money no matter who wins, but Tiger SHOULD prevail. What a farce.

  6. Jack Nash

    Oct 10, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    With all the ahem, success Woods and Mickelson had at the Ryder Cup I suspect that’ll be a clothes washing night for many. It’ll have the same rep as Geraldos “Al Capone’s Vault”.

  7. stephenf

    Oct 10, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    …and sitting around yelling “f–k” at the TV regardless of whether children are around, more likely than not.

  8. Benjamin

    Oct 10, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    I’m paying regardless of price. The trash talk will be worth the price tag.

  9. eGolfGadgets

    Oct 9, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    I might watch if it’s on in a sports bar or clubhouse I’m at. Would I pay out of my pocket to watch this? No, and I like watching golf.

    • stephenf

      Oct 10, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      I mean, everybody will be able to hear the result, get a hole-by-hole account, etc., anyway. So yeah, I don’t see the point in laying out the money.

      If the numbers are underwhelming, that’ll actually be good nows, because it will (or could) mean that there are still people out there who still see the game as bigger than the people, rather than celebrity players as bigger than the game.

  10. ~j~

    Oct 9, 2018 at 11:29 am

    can’t see this as anything other than a major flop. Phil is … well.. phil. He’ll phil it up somehow as usual. 0 interest in watching him try to out-do Tiger and put the ball all over the canyon arroyos instead. 0 interest in them making ‘wagers’ with someone else’s money on the line.

    Replace Phil with DJ, Brooks, David Faherty, Paige S., Paulina, or a Perkins waitress and I’d be interested slightly more than the 0% I am now.

    • stephenf

      Oct 10, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      He does miss too many important fairways, for sure. But it’s not like he’s hacking it around, and not like he wasn’t a winning player. Most of the tournaments he ever won since ’96 have had Woods in the field.

  11. Tim

    Oct 9, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Lol at everyone clicking & commenting on a bait article about a match “nobody cares about”… I’ll gladly pay and watch. You all know you will be looking up who won the night of.

    • ~j~

      Oct 9, 2018 at 11:33 am

      OR looking to see how disasterous it was. Phil is like the opposite of SeaBisquit. He’ll pull near the top, look another horse in the eye, then rocket one off the map into an arroyo or forest.

    • stephenf

      Oct 10, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      But that’s the point — after the match, you can just look up who won. And it’s not like it’s an official tournament. It has minor importance to begin with, and what matters, insofar as anything matters, is the result. How many, not all the prefabricated trash-talk. Phil will be hilarious if he stays off-script. Woods will be wooden and Type-A as usual.

  12. Matt

    Oct 8, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    I almost surely won’t be watching, but weird of him to take a shot at the event like that. Saying he’ll be watching football – its on a Friday night btw. Maybe we all should watch something else – JT would have to find a real job.

    • Brad

      Oct 8, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      The PGA hypes up the Fed Ex Cup and the playoffs, constantly talking about the champion getting 10 million for a season long battle. These guys are getting 9 million for one round of golf. It makes the Fed Ex Cup look like a joke. Hopefully, it will be a complete bomb cause if it’s successful, we can all expect other golfers to come up with their own pay per view events for bigger prize money.

      Both of these guys should be putting up % million each, going mono y mono, and then you would have a real pressure round of golf. Instead, just another exhibition so that Phil can finally pay off the Feds for his insider trading.

      • stephenf

        Oct 10, 2018 at 1:14 pm

        “Mano a mano,” as in hand-to-hand. Not sure how that gets mangled so badly. Stephen A. Smith is one of the worst about it.

  13. leezer99

    Oct 8, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Low effort article. Should have just been a forum topic.

  14. jason

    Oct 8, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    0% chance of anybody caring who justin thomas is.

    • AD

      Oct 9, 2018 at 12:31 am

      Comments sections are where you find the worst of the worst. You win this round, sir.

  15. Ev

    Oct 8, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    I would watch if it was free but I wouldn’t shell out any money.
    To be honest I’d rather see Tiger vs someone else.
    This match needed to happen 10 years ago. I don’t think Phil has much left in the tank.

  16. Tom

    Oct 8, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    What do you mean, two guys who went a combined 0-6 in the Ryder Cup is must see TV!!!

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Which Air Jordan model should Nike release as a golf shoe next?



According to GolfMagic, Nike’s Air Jordan III golf shoe took off from the foul line and soared right out of stock.

Per the site: “Nike launched this new model back in February… but you’ll do very well to get your hands on either them right now as they have sold out on Nike’s website. However, a Nike spokesperson has since commented saying “more is on the way.”

Grammar aside, this is interesting.

Now, it wasn’t long ago that all golf shoes looked like this.

And with all due respect to the Etonic Dri-Lite of yore, and giving wide berth to the traditionalists in the golf footwear space, the transition to sneaker-style golf shoes is cool, isn’t it? I mean, even if you’re monumentally swagger impaired like myself and could never pull the “Js on the fairways” look off, it’s intriguing, no?

With that in mind, and recognizing the demand for the 3s, I thought it’d be interesting to consider what the next Jordan golf shoe ought to be.

Here are my finalists for the next wide release (yes, I know Nike made Ray Allen custom 11s and MJ has had a few customs). Many of these are new colorways of classic (OG) models. I’ve tried for a range of styles and picks from across the Jordan timeline. Images via the excellent catalogue on the Jordan website.

Air Jordan XXXII

Air Jordan VI

Air Jordan VIII

Air Jordan II (low)

Air Jordan XXX

Let me know what you think, GolfWRX Members!

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Looks like Tiger is exploring some innovative solutions to his putting woes…



Tiger Woods was 39th in strokes gained: putting in 2018. Historically an excellent putter, Woods was hot-and-cold with the flatstick, even benching his soulmate Scotty Cameron Newport 2.

It looks like Woods may have an ace in the hole for the upcoming season, however, with respect to his green reading and putt sinking. Check out this video posted to his Instagram from the Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this week.

Good thing the USGA is restricting the use of green-reading devices and technologies, because this kid looks close to cracking the eternal mystery of the perfect marriage of line and speed for every putt.

Cool stuff, though, isn’t it? It’s also cool to see Tiger so genuinely excited about his “mentee.”

We all know the story of how, after September 11, Woods re-evaluated his charitable endeavors and began to conceive of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. He’s spoken passionately about the students who have made their way through the various programs in the past, and there’s no doubt he cares deeply about the TGR Foundation’s efforts, but seeing a thin slice of that reality is awesome.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)



If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Hispanic Heritage Month #golf #nikeshoes #leetrevino

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Worse than the blue screen of death…

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Sadness. #RadryGolf

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Ferrule B

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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Made with a purpose.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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