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Eddie Pepperell slams “pathetic” Woods-Mickelson match, Peter Uihlein offers counter argument



Eddie Pepperell is never shy at voicing his opinion on social media, and ahead of the much anticipated Woods-Mickelson showdown in Las Vegas, the Englishman took to Twitter to take a shot at the event.

Describing the winner-take-all match as “pathetic,” Pepperell made it clear in his tweet that he feels that the event is a poor advert for the game of golf.

As expected, the Englishman’s tweet caused a stir and even provoked world No. 78 Peter Uihlein into defending the contest. The American claimed that the reason Pepperell, himself and every other tour player compete for such high purses these days is due to the impact Woods, and Mickelson made in the world of golf and that the two men have earned the right to play for the $9 million purse.

Pepperell and Uihlein join a list of professionals who have now voiced their opinion on the event. Justin Thomas and Rory Mcilroy have both stated that they will not be watching, while when asked to comment about the match during last week’s Hong Kong Open, Sergio Garcia said: “I don’t care.”

The match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson takes place today at 3 p.m. ET, with the winner taking home the $9 million jackpot.

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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. Dr. Bernfeld

    Nov 30, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    I think Pepperrel missed the point: How wonderful for them to play for $9M. Put up your own money, make it mean something. This “exhibition” was less than pathetic. They should have set this up hitting off skyscrapers in Dubai, insulting!

  2. Roy

    Nov 26, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    I find it funny that you have professional golfers who routinely fly on private planes and get courtesy cars the week of tournaments complaining about the amount of money others are playing for….

  3. Benny

    Nov 25, 2018 at 9:02 am

    WTF cares. This is the United States boys. Hard work, dedication and drive can make you extremly wealthy, rich and successful. You think these guys are simply gifted with these abilities? You think they didn’t have sacrafices in their lives? That they didn’t spend days training and practicing while someone like me wasted years partying it up and chasing chicks?
    The old saying “don’t hate the player, hate the game” is true. You aren’t fat because of McDonalds, you are fat because you eat like shite. Get off your pedestal people. Enjoy your life or do something about it, but stop complaining because you don’t have the drive these guys do.
    Sure there is unfortunate circumstances around the world. But for those wasting a life w/o mental or phsycal dissabilities shame on you. It is YOU who needs to fak-off and get off your ipad and get after something. Make something of your life.
    Lets all get over yourselves. Suck it up. You have control.

  4. paul

    Nov 25, 2018 at 1:43 am

    I’d like to know who takes the PPV money, as it was stated the $9 million was going to charity. It was ordinary golf, and these two don’t look like real friends. An event easily missed.

  5. Elliot Smith

    Nov 24, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    I find it funny that all these comments saying they don’t deserve it. The sport is Tiger ratings go up 4-6 fold when he plays. They get paid this much because it makes money. The amount these pros play for is because Tiger and Phil. Maybe instead of being a keyboard warrior, go find something that you can add some value to instead of having a mentality that life isn’t fair… news flash, it’s not.

  6. Joe

    Nov 24, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    JT was literally on Instagram Live watching the match. so he was full of it and like most people caved and watched it. honestly who cares, and if you do. that’s your problem

  7. Pretty Ricky

    Nov 24, 2018 at 2:09 am

    I love how people tell these guys what they should do with their own money. Should they tell you how to spend yours?

    • JThunder

      Nov 24, 2018 at 2:38 am

      Are you under the impression that Phil and Tiger ponied up the $9mil? Woefully incorrect. That $9mil came from the working class, as usual. Tiger made $43.3 mil last year, mostly from endorsements, with a lone late-season win. Net worth, what, $1.5bil? Mickelson is worth $375 mil.

      “They deserve to play for this money”

      Wow, I thought golfers said it was the poor who acted “entitled”. They don’t “deserve” a damn thing. They’re insanely lucky that the world values their useless ability to smack a ball around SO highly over those who educate, create, serve and defend.

      They have both received far, far more money than they “deserve” or could ever possibly need.

      If the money doesn’t go to charity – the purse AND the side-bets, they both should be horribly ashamed of themselves. Aren’t they both California boys? There are plenty of people there who could use your help.

      • Fat Albert

        Nov 26, 2018 at 12:42 am

        Agreed-Well said.

      • They Earned It!!

        Nov 26, 2018 at 2:59 pm

        SO they should be ashamed of themselves for not giving THEIR money to who you think deserves it???

        Only in America are those paying 100’s of millions in taxes the greedy, and those who benefit from it the victims….

  8. Steve O

    Nov 23, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Pepperell is a jealous little boy providing ill thought immature comments on the two players most responsible for his well being.

  9. Liberty Apples

    Nov 23, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Pepperell is correct.

  10. Gunter Eisenberg

    Nov 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Pepperell is right. While is would be nice to have the winnings go to charity this exhibition match isn’t relevant now. It would have been relevant 18 years ago.

    Would you pay money to see a PPV between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus?

    • NoMo3putts

      Nov 23, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      The point of the bet amount is to make each player feel uncomfortable, if the winnings were going to charity it might lose that feeling, besides the side bets are going to charity.
      Who knows, maybe the winner will end up donating the winnings.

  11. Andrew

    Nov 23, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Agree with EP (and all other naysayers!) Wouldn’t it be something if these Calafornia boys would actually donate their winnings to the victims of the Calafornia fires.

  12. T

    Nov 23, 2018 at 10:16 am

    All of the naysayers wouldn’t complain if they were asked to play!

  13. Dr Troy

    Nov 23, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Pete is absolutely right. Pipe down Peppermint.

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Viral star, Hosung Choi, set for second start on the PGA Tour



Hosung Choi, the man who has become a viral internet star due to his unique golf swing, made his PGA Tour debut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year, and the South Korean is set to make his second start this summer, after accepting a sponsors exemption to play the John Deere Classic.

Choi missed the cut on his debut at Pebble Beach, firing rounds of 72-75-77 while playing alongside the likes of Jerry Kelly and Aaron Rodgers.

The 45-year-old won the 2018 Casio World Open at the back end of last year but has been quiet on the golf course in 2019. Besides his missed cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach, Choi has only made two other appearances, missing the cut at the Kenya Open and finishing T12 at the Singapore Open.

Those who have bought tickets for this year’s John Deere Classic in July can look forward to all of Choi’s beautiful eccentricities.


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Morning 9: Nelly! | Ogilvy on Rules changes | Phelps on watching Tiger | Nantz: “Best event I’ve covered”



By Ben Alberstadt (

April 18, 2019

Good Thursday morning, golf fans.
1. Meanwhile, on the LPGA Tour…
…some actual golf action, to begin…
AP Report on round one of the Lotte Championship…
  • “Nelly Korda took advantage when Hawaii’s tough trade winds took a break.”
  • Korda rolled in the last of her nine birdies at the 18th in a bogey-free round of 63 Wednesday for a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club.
  • “I got here Saturday and I swear I couldn’t even walk because it was so windy,” said Korda, who is making her Lotte debut. “But I like the place. Everyone is really friendly and it just feels good to be here.”

Full piece.

2. Ogilvy on Rules changes
…the always interesting, abundantly informed Australian sounds off…
Writing for Golf Australia…
  • All of which brought me immediately back to the notion that the idea of simplifying rules almost automatically makes them more complicated. That it is what almost always happens when a committee decides something. I actually have some experience in that area, when I was on the PGA Tour Player Advisory Council…”
  • “…There were so many contingencies because a committee was involved. And it seems to me the same thing has happened with this ball-dropping thing. Nobody in the world now knows how to drop the ball properly. So we have a more complex situation than we had on December 31, 2018.”
  • “But it should be so simple. All we have to do is make it easy for a player to get the ball from hand to ground so that the game can continue. It’s that straightforward. But now we have a situation where you have to stand a certain way – you can’t bend your knees – and you have to drop from this exact height; not too low or high. The simplest thing in the world is now complicated.”
Also notable: this statement...”I have to think 99 percent of golfers have never consulted the rulebook on that one and things have been fine as far as I can see. This is really just a pro golf issue. So what is the point in foisting it on everyone?”
3. Phelps on watching Tiger
…how one GOAT got in prime position to watch another…
Tyler Lauletta at Business Insider…
  • On Wednesday, Phelps spoke with NBC Sports about how he wound up at the Masters in the first place, explaining that it had always been a dream of his to attend the tournament, and him being there for Woods’ big comeback win was more luck than anything.
  • “A mutual friend is a member,” Phelps said, explaining how he got his invite to one of the most difficult tickets in sports. “A buddy of mine called me Monday before the Masters. ‘I have a ticket? Do you want to go? I have a plane. Do you want to go?’ I was like, awesome, I’m going to the Masters for the first time.”
  • “As to how Phelps fell into front row seats to watch Woods tee off at No. 16, he says it came down to a helpful strangers that got to the tournament early on Sunday.”
  • “We started walking around the course and ran into a couple of nice people who had gotten to the gate early, at 3:30 a.m,” Phelps said. “They said, if you ever want to come back and sit on 16 with us, we have a couple of chairs. We got lucky, met a super nice guy working there that had some seats set up in some primo spots that we just had some pretty amazing access to.”
4. Even Stevie watched!
…tuning in for his former boss…
TVNZ report…
  • “Writing for Australian outlet the Player’s Voice, Williams says he now concentrated on playing golf rather than watching – until Monday morning earlier this week.”
  • “…I try to keep up with the news and will read about golf – but I just don’t watch it. Ever.
  • “Except for last Monday.”
  • “Fourteen years! It’s almost impossible to believe. And it had been 11 years since his last major – the US Open at Torrey Pines – which he had no right to win thanks to his torn cruciate ligament and fractured tibia.
  • “But that’s Tiger Woods – he does things no-one else could dream of doing.”


5. OWGR points for the Tour Championship
…two sets of books…
Doug Ferguson writes...”The PGA Tour will continue to keep a traditional score, even if it won’t be published, so that world ranking points can be awarded.”
  • “The Official World Golf Ranking board met last week at the Masters and approved a PGA Tour proposal that awards full ranking points based on where players would have finished without the staggered start.”
  • “The No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup starts the tournament at 10 under, with the No. 2 seed at 8 under, and then 7 under, 6 under and 5 under. The next five players start at 4 under, all the way down until Nos. 26 through 30 begin at even par.”
6. “Best event I’ve ever covered”
…says Jim Nantz regarding the 2019 Masters…
The Washington Post’s Ben Strauss quoting Nantz…
  • “I’ve done 34 Final Fours, had Super Bowls, Peyton [Manning’s] farewell. It’s been 48 hours since it ended, and I’d say it’s going to feel about the same 10 years from now,” said Nantz, who has already called this year’s Super Bowl and Final Four in addition to the Masters since February. “It’s the best event I’ve ever covered. And I feel very fortunate to have been in that spot.”
7. DeChambeau’s grip change
…much lighter, but still Jumbo…
Andrew Tursky at on the pre-Masters overhaul…
  • “After a 14-hour range session in Dallas the week before the Masters, Dechambeau made a 75-gram reduction in his oversized JumboMax grip weights in his Cobra clubs. His new grips, made from a different lightweight compound, now measure just more than 50 grams, considered to be a “normal” weight by industry standards, despite their relatively massive size. He also changed from True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 shafts – extremely heavy and stiff iron shafts – to Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts, which flex more than his previous gamer shafts.”
  • “Ever since he came on TOUR, DeChambeau used JumboMax grips on his clubs that measured about 125 grams per grip. He now works on his equipment with Cobra’s TOUR Operations Manager Ben Schomin, who says Dechambeau has improved his wedge play since first coming out on TOUR, but lately DeChambeau had struggled to find consistency with the flight of his wedges. The main issues were that spin was inconsistent and they tended to fly too high. For his part, Schomin built him wedges that used weld beads on the heel to help with face closure. While Schomin says it helped, DeChambeau — currently T105 in Strokes Gained: Around the Greens — wasn’t satisfied with his wedge play.”
  • “Schomin and DeChambeau, chasing consistency with the wedges, decided to begin testing different variables. As it turned out, DeChambeau liked the feel of a 50-gram grip, versus his old 125-gram grips, and the new build allowed DeChambeau to flight the wedges lower, and gain spin and launch consistency.”
8. An interesting note on Masters coverage
…how did Molinari set himself up for his water-destined third shot at the 15th?…
Golf Digest’s Alex Myers…
  • “Thanks as always to for charting all the shots televised during the final round of a major. The site confirmed what I believed to be true while being in and out of the Augusta National media center on Sunday: Molinari’s second shot on No. 15 never made it on TV.”
  • “Even after his disastrous double bogey on No. 12, Molinari arrived at the Augusta’s final par 5 tied for the lead with Woods, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, and Xander Schauffele. So why wasn’t his second shot shown? Well, it was just a layup after a poor drive, but that punchout from the right pine straw proved to be pivotal. It wound up running through the fairway and into the left rough. It should be noted you can see the shot on the Masters digital platforms, which, remarkably, attempted to show every shot from the tournament.”
  • “Although Molinari only had 79 yards for his third, which was shown live, his angle was so extreme that his golf ball caught a pine tree and dropped into the pond guarding the green. A surprised Molinari, who had just one bogey through the first 60 holes of the tournament, never recovered from his second double bogey in four holes. Meanwhile, Woods hit two great shots on the hole to find the green. And two putts later he had the solo lead for the first time all week, a lead he would not relinquish.”
9. Ho Sung mania is coming to the John Deere Classic
…the fisherman’s swing returneth to the PGA Tour…
The tournament announced Chou has been handed a sponsors exemption to the July tournament.
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Meteorologist received death threats for interrupting Masters coverage during most-watched morning golf round of all time



Tornados brewing in the Georgia area meant an earlier start than usual for the final round of the Masters, and one CBS46 meteorologist was to receive death threats for interrupting coverage of the event to update residents in the area of the conditions.

Ella Dorsey took to Twitter on Sunday to report not just the vile abuse she was receiving, but also the importance of the work she was doing which cut into local Masters coverage.

Per The Weather Channel who spoke to local experts, who while being prepared for the backlash in interrupting the coverage to warn residents, were stunned by the level of abuse of some. On the subject, station news director Steve Doerr said

“The venom around this was insane, even by social media standards.”

CBS released its viewing figures for Sunday’s morning round, with an average of 10.8 million viewers tuning in to watch Tiger Woods claim his fifth green jacket. That total bested the 8.56 million number, according to Nielsen data, from the 2000 Open Championship which previously held the morning record.

According to CBS, the broadcasts viewership peaked between 2.15 and 2.30 ET with 18.3 million tuning in.


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