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Phil Mickelson teases “The Match” Part 2

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With sports around the world currently at a standstill because of COVID-19, sports fans have been clamoring for any type of live-action. According to Phil Mickelson and a recent tweet he replied to, we could be seeing some live golf sooner than you might think.

We can take it for what it is right now—pure speculation, but Phil is known as a showman, and more often than not willing to back up some of his most interesting claims.

He even replied to a followup with “I don’t tease, I’m kinda a sure thing.” We will forgive the obvious grammatical errors since it was on Twitter and cross our fingers that if anyone could figure out a way to produce some live mic’d up golf its Phil.

My only hope is that after staff and production expenses are taken care of, there is a large charitable element to what could potentially be the Match Part II.

 

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  1. joro

    Apr 1, 2020 at 10:59 am

    I can just see it now, like the Rocky movies, Tiger and Phil 2, then 3, then 4, and on and on till they are out there with Walkers holding them up so they can stand up and swing. Of course making Millions every time. They can call it Golf for Suckers at only 100 Bucks on pay TV.

  2. n

    Mar 31, 2020 at 5:15 am

    As others have said the first one was incredibly boring. 2 players who had no current rivalry, weren’t at the top of their game and looked bored to be there.

    Needs a team format (golfers not celebs) and real fans in the gallery, not player’s friends/entourage/instagramers

    Watching Tiger and Phil play for 10 million whilst standing next to an actual pile of cash was pretty tasteless too. I don’t mind them being paid a lot (say the same as a normal tour event victory) but surely the rest can be set up to go directly to charity.

  3. Dave

    Mar 31, 2020 at 1:30 am

    No celebrities from other sports! Just golfers, trash talk and a fun birdie fest type course. Shadow Creek was really a boring course. Let’s get it on!

  4. john

    Mar 30, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    It was so borrrrrring. What they should do, is make 3 teams of 2 (DJ, Justin, Koepka, etc) and mike them up. I doubt with just one-on-one you’ll get much smack talk for fear of looking too nasty. But with 6 people on 3 teams, it would be kind of like their money matches on practice rounds… I hear they give each other some fun jibes.

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The DailyWRX: What’s buzzing on social media 5/28/2020

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This is what I love about the golf world….no matter how good the Match 2 was we already campaigning for the next thing. If it becomes what we are asking for, it could be the biggest TV draw this game has ever seen.

This is why Elkington had a good point…

Mic’ing these guys up would be interesting, but very few of the players are that light-hearted during a competition. I think Phil saying he would “consider it” means “sure maybe once during the first round at AT&T”

I feel like this is gonna go down….

Steph is in, Phil is obviously in. If MJ says yes, TW is in. Yup that pencils out. LFG

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Steph’s got next. ???? #TeamCallaway

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Can you imagine the “lockdown” without pro tracer vids?

I don’t wanna live in that world.

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Jon Rahm. A ball-striking machine ????

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I disagree…

Sorry boys, the chatter was what made it fun to watch. I agree that I’d love to hear them walk through shots (and we got that) but this was also a social round and Phil is a king in this setting. He’s not the same dude during tourney play.

Copy that CPG…

Sorry I missed it.

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Greg Norman on The Match, Medalist, and the key to getting inside Michael Jordan’s head on the course

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On Tuesday, Greg Norman hosted a live edition of his SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio show, Attack Life Radio, where he discussed a number of topics relating to the game.

Speaking on The Match: Champions for Charity, Norman was full of praise for the event which raised over $20 million for Covid Relief, and also highlighted the philanthropic nature of the U.S. – which he believes is unlike any other country.

*All quotes courtesy of Greg Norman’s show, Attack Life Radio, on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio*

“I thought it was actually very compelling. … I thought from a television perspective I thought they did extremely well under the very tough adverse weather conditions. I thought the guys were completely engaging, not only from a joke standpoint, but engaging with Charles Barkley and the commentating booth. For people who had been frustrated in not seeing live sport for a long, long period of time, I believe the ratings were fantastic.

Kudos to Woods and Mickelson and Peyton Manning and Tom Brady for doing what they did [Sunday]. They raised a lot of money. I think it was like $20 million and it goes to show you how fantastic this country is. I’ve travelled the world, been to many, many different places, but never ever have I seen a country so philanthropic as what the United States is.”

Despite being one of the original designers of Medalist, Norman received no mention during Sunday’s broadcast, and many were surprised and curious in the week leading up to the event that he had not been invited to take part in the occasion.

After a caller asked Norman how he felt about not being mentioned, the multiple major champ refused to get drawn into the politics surrounding the subject – for which he drew praise from Co-host Brian Katrek.

For Norman, concerning his and Pete Dye’s work on Medalist: “as long as Tiger calls it his home golf course that’s a testament to Pete Dye and myself.”

“To get into the pettiness of what was going on leading up to the Match is really insignificant in the overall scheme of things. Small minds deliver small messages so at the end of the day I know what I’ve done. I know what Pete did. I know what we created. The members at the time, we filled up the membership very very quickly there because of the DNA, the culture of the club that I was a president of for over a decade. So I did something right, there’s no question. So the pettiness of a few is not going to spoil what’s in my brain about it. And I still get out there and play a little bit every now and then with my son. And at the end of the day, like I said, as long as Tiger calls it his home golf course that’s a testament to Pete Dye and myself.”

After ‘The Last Dance’, Michael Jordan has been a hot topic to discuss, and during Tuesday’s show, Norman revealed his key to getting inside Jordan’s head on the course.

“When I played with Michael he kind of felt like he could get the ball out there a long way. So sometimes when you are an athlete the first thing you start with is, like I said, understanding your competition and do you need to get into their head a little bit? With Michael I would just pound a drive as hard as I possibly could do in the first two or three holes just to get it by him by 10 or 20 or 30 yards or whatever you could do. And then the rest of the round he was just trying to outdrive you. So, psychologically you can play that game as well.”

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (5.28.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Callaway’s new Raw T-grind wedges.

Circa 62 finished up by Embrace Putters.

1992 Callaway Bobby Jones Irons.

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Awesome looking cover from Sugar Skull Golf.

Which was your favorite, WRXers?

Lefty Love from Tyson Lamb.

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Lefty Love. #weldNeckWednesday

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Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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