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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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Greg Norman: “If I had to do it all over again, I would go to one-length clubs”



Greg Norman has never been a man to shy away from speaking his mind, and during Saturday’s Golf Channel broadcast of the QBE Shootout, the Australian declared that if he had the opportunity to begin his career again, he would do so with single-length irons.

Norman stressed how his experience while experimenting with Cobra King One Length irons led him to conclude that single-length irons are more beneficial than standard irons because “your spine angle stays the same” no matter what club you are using.

“Believe it or not, if I had to do it all over again as a 13 or 14-year-old, I would go to one-length clubs,” Norman said. “I actually had a set made for me when [Bryson DeChambeau] first came and joined, and I got it straight off the bat. When you think about it, my 4-iron and my 8-iron are the same length, but my ball flight was so good on all of them because your spine angle stays the same.”

The Australian went on to say that anyone looking to introduce their kid to the game of golf, should give them single-length irons to optimize their chances of success.

“I think parents now, for longevity, golf is a sport you can play your entire life, so if you look at that motion that [DeChambeau is] going through there, it’s such an effortless motion. He’s stacked up beautifully. At the end of the day, the motion is so simple through there. So the one-length golf club, in my humble opinion, give a kid at six, seven, eight…get him used to it and he’ll do well.”

Norman won 88 times in his career, including 20 wins on the PGA Tour and two major championship victories. Could the Shark have achieved even more if he had have used single-length irons during his career instead of standard irons?

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News Tour hopeful suffers heartbreaking finish to miss out on Tour status by one stroke



With the careers of many players hanging in the balance at Tour Q-School, the agony of those who miss out matches the ecstasy of the few that make their way through the brutal process.

On Sunday, there was one particular man who suffered the agony of missing out more than others.

Patrick Sullivan was inside the top-40 and heading for his status on the Tour for 2019 before it all went wrong. Playing the back nine of Sunday’s final round, the 35-year old faced a birdie attempt on the 14th green but struck his ball off the green and into the water. Sullivan ended up making a costly double bogey on the hole and followed the error with another bogey on the 15th hole.

To his eternal credit, Sullivan showed incredible resolve. Needing to play his final three holes in four-under par, Sullivan managed to make a birdie and an eagle before heading to the final hole.

A three on 18 was a must, and Sullivan faced a nerve-jangling four-footer to claim his Tour status for next season. The putt, however, slid by, leaving him one shot outside of the magic number.

Golf can be a cruel sport at times.

Sullivan does, however, have conditional status for next year, meaning he will have the opportunity of playing events through Monday qualifiers.

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GolfWRX Morning 9: Louis king again | Q-School craziness



By Ben Alberstadt (

December 10, 2018

Good Monday morning, golf fans.
1. King again!
Louis Oosthuizen captured his home country’s open for his first win in three years.
  • Ryan Herrington writes…”Louis Oosthuizen was already the winner of a historic Open title, but on Sunday he claimed arguably a more meaningful one to the 36-year-old. With a closing 67 at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg, Oosthuizen posted a runaway six-stroke victory over France’s Romain Langasque at the South African Open, his home country’s oldest tournament.”
  • “I wish the family was here,” said a tearful Oosthuizen, ending a nearly three-year winless drought. “The crowd was great this whole week, it was nice to do it for them.”
  • “It was Oosthuizen’s eighth career European Tour triumph, four of which have come in events in South Africa. But this was the first time he’s won his country’s Open after playing in the event for the first time since a third-place finish in 2010.”
2. St. Simons boys triumph
Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman, both residents of St. Simons Island, joined forces to win the QBE Shootout.
  •’s Cameron Morfit …”We’re normally trying to get into each other’s heads,” Kizzire said after the St. Simons Island, Georgia duo shot a best-ball, final-round 61 in blustery weather to reach 30-under and win the unofficial QBE at Tiburón Golf Club. “And this week he was nice to me, which was kind of weird.”
  • Added Harman: “I was hoping I wasn’t going to throw him for a loop.”
  • “For the second straight year Graeme McDowell finished second, this time with a new partner, Emiliano Grillo. They made par on 18 to finish 29-under, one back.”
  • “Three teams shared third, two back: Charles Howell III and Luke List, who was 9-under on his own ball over the last nine holes as they shot 61; Kevin Na and Bryson DeChambeau (62); and Charley Hoffman and Gary Woodland (63), their highlight coming when Woodland aced the 202-yard 5th hole.”
3. A horrific stolen clubs story…with a happy ending
From our Gianni Magliocco…:” Tour Q-School is well known for being a gruelling process, and while 49 players graduated over the weekend, one man was forced to go to hell and back to do so.”
  • “Cody Blick sat three shots outside of the desired Top-40 heading into Sunday’s final round, and on waking up that morning to prepare for the biggest round of his life, the 25-year-old realized that his clubs had been stolen.”
  • “Blick took to social media immediately, desperately hoping that anyone could help him, offering $5k no questions asked should his clubs be returned.”
  • “Blick was unable to recover his clubs though, meaning he was forced to put together a mishmash of different clubs before Sunday’s final round. According to the Mackenzie Tour Twitter account, they consisted of the “Superintendent’s driver, pro shop’s wedges, random irons and a heavier than usual putter.”
  • “After all of that, Blick pulled off a miracle. The American fired a sensational round of nine-under par 63, which included birdies at his final three holes, to take him into the coveted Top-40.”
4. Walker: Q-School Medalist Staff report...”With a tight leaderboard down the stretch at Final Stage of the Tour Qualifying Tournament, University of Virginia alum Danny Walker emerged from the pack to birdie his final three holes and claim medalist honors at 27-under at Whirlwind Golf Club. Coming from the fourth-to-last group, Walker posted an early 9-under 63 before waiting for his fate as the final groups finished. With the victory, Walker earns fully-exempt status on the Tour in 2019.”
  • “Players who finished top-40 (and ties) earned guaranteed starts next year. This year, the cutoff came at 18-under 270 with 49 players earning guaranteed starts.”
  • “I’m super excited right now – my goal was to come top-10 this week, so I wasn’t really thinking about winning,” Walker said. “But I’m excited about it now obviously and relieved to have the week done, it’s a stressful week for everybody so it feels good to play well.”
5. The Shark wishes he went single length!  
Here’s an interesting note (or maybe just a Cobra staffer hyping a product his sponsor has cornered the market on among major OEMs).
  • Golfweek’s Dan Kilbridge…”The equipment issue came up on air Saturday afternoon while Norman was watching Bryson DeChambeau. The 25-year-old has already picked up five PGA Tour wins using Cobra King One Length irons, and Norman said he wishes he could have put them in play when he first started out as an amateur.”
  • “Believe it or not, if I had to do it all over again as a 13 or 14-year-old, I would go to one-length clubs,” Norman said. “I actually had a set made for me when (DeChambeau) first came and joined Cobra Puma and I got it straight off the bat. When you think about it, my 4-iron and my 8-iron are the same length, but my ball flight was so good on all of them because your spine angle stays the same.”
  • “I truly do believe that,” Norman said. “I think parents now, for longevity, golf is a sport you can play your entire life, so if you look at that motion that (DeChambeau’s) going through there it’s such an effortless motion. He’s stacked up beautifully. At the end of the day, the motion is so simple through there. So the one-length golf club, in my humble opinion, give a kid at six, seven, eight … get him used to it and he’ll do well.”
6. Steph’s tourney to Lake Merced
Golf Channel’s Will Gray...”A new PGA Tour event in the Bay Area hosted by NBA superstar Steph Curry is now expected to debut next fall at Lake Merced Golf Club.”
  • “According to a San Francisco Chronicle report, the club’s membership voted “overwhelmingly” to approve an estimated $3.6 million in renovations that are viewed as a “prerequisite to holding the tournament.” The planned changes will reportedly be overseen by Rees Jones and could stretch the Daly City, Calfornia, course beyond 7300 yards.”
  • “Lake Merced has hosted an LPGA event four of the past five years, with Lydia Ko winning three times. It is slated to host the LPGA’s MediHeal Championship from May 2-5 next year. The Curry-hosted event is expected to take place in September as part of the fall portion of the 2019-20 season and likely close to the Safeway Open, which is annually played in Napa.”
7. LET in Limbo
Golfweek’s Alistair Tait…”The 2019 LET Qualifying School is scheduled Dec. 16-20 in Morocco. Once again, those players who earn one of the 25 cards have no idea how many tournaments they will play next year. The LET has yet to publish its 2019 schedule.
  • It cost $1,450 to enter this year’s Q-School. Imagine getting your dream job and having no idea where, when and if you’ll be working?”
  • “There were just 15 events on this year’s LET schedule. Two of those – the $3.25 million Ricoh Women’s British Open and $3.85 million Evian Championship – were majors and basically out of reach for most Q-School grads. The $1.5 million Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open is essentially an LPGA event and also is off-limits to most Q-School grads. In other words, those who earned cards were playing in low-purse events.”
  • “By low purses we’re talking between a low of $140,000 for the Jabra Ladies Open to $500,000 for the Hero Women’s Indian Open. The first four events on this year’s schedule were co-sanctioned with the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour. Two of those were worth just over $100,000. You don’t have to be a math genius to work out that traveling to, and accommodation in, Australia isn’t cheap. Even a top-10 finish in those events could leave players taking a loss on the week.”
8. Pining for the Q-School of yore?
According to the Forecaddie, some Tour vets are feeling a bit of nostalgia.
  • “For almost 50 years, the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament was the coliseum for Sansabelt soldiers, where battle-scarred veterans and fresh-faced rookies fought it out over six days to earn their stripes. For every career launched at Q-School, many others crashed to earth. Stories from that make-or-break week are plentiful and almost always painful. Like Steve Haskins, a journeyman who entered the arena 14 times but never made it out with a Tour card.”
  • “Even those who survived the gauntlet have scar tissue. It’s been 35 years since Brad Faxon’s only trip to Q-School, but he can recall it with forensic detail still. Fall 1983, TPC Sawgrass, 108 holes with a cut after 72.”
  • “I shot 71 in the fourth round to move way up,” Faxon said. “Then rain and lightning came and they cancelled everybody’s scores. Next day I shot 76 and went from the top 10 to, like, 50th place.” He narrowly made the cut and secured a card that he kept for almost three decades.
9. Q-School heartbreak
Move over, Cody Blick…
  • Golf Digest’s Joel Beall…”Sullivan, a 35-year-old journeyman who missed 20 of 23 cuts on the Tour last season, looked to be in fine standing to retain Web status for 2019, in 23rd place heading into the final round of Q-School at Whirlwind G.C. in Chandler, Ariz. Unfortunately for Sullivan, on a day when the field went low, he hovered around par for 13 holes, and then had the bad fortune of finding the water on the 14th hole.”
  • Sullivan tweeted…”We’ve heard all the QSchool horror stories over the years. I was wondering if anyone had ever putted it into the water on the back nine to miss by one? If not…..dibs.”
  • “Sullivan ultimately made a double, and followed with a bogey on the 15th. And while he did mount a commendable charge, answering with a birdie on the 16th and eagle on the 17th, Sullivan missed a four-footer on the final hole.”


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