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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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  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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19th Hole

‘Nobody’s watching’ – Nick Faldo takes aim at Greg Norman and LIV ahead of the Masters



Sir Nick Faldo is once again criticizing LIV Golf and its commissioner Greg Norman.

For those who’ve been following Faldo’s condemnation of LIV since the inception of the league, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

The 65-year-old told Telegraph Sport that he had no issues with the players who’ve left the PGA Tour, but instead with the “false narratives that have been pushed by Greg Norman.

“I’m not against them. They decided the grass is greener on their tour. Fine. The gripes I get is when he [Norman] said these things about doing it to grow the game of golf.”

“We’ve all been here 40 years or more, hang on mate. And all this, ‘we’re going to supercharge the excitement’. Well, we haven’t seen any excitement because nobody’s watching. The fact is they got a ridiculous cash offer, which for some of them was the right thing to do.”

“If you want to go and do something different, fine. But this [playing in The Masters] is a bit like, I had a job in a store and now I’ve got a new one, then you’re calling the store to get my bonus because I did 20 years with you.

“Hey, the grass is greener on the other side and all that, so OK, don’t be surprised if people object when you come back. But as we said, it’s gone very quiet. So good luck changing the game.”

With Faldo being so critical of LIV, there will be an interesting dynamic at play during next week’s Masters tournament. Eighteen LIV golfers, including six former Masters champions will be teeing it up at Augusta National and Sir Nick will be once again in the booth with Sky Sports’ broadcast team.

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Bryson laments end of friendship with Tiger who ignored birthday text



At Wednesday’s pre-tournament press conference prior to LIV Golf Orlando, Bubba Watson said that there’s no awkwardness between PGA Tour players and LIV players.

“It’s only awkward in the media. I’ve talked to people that are going to be there. I’m going to sign up with Jason Day and Cam Young in the par-3. Some guys have already asked me to play some practice rounds.”

“Media is the only one that is pushing it. I have nothing against anybody. If you change jobs, I’m not mad at you. If you start reporting for somebody else, hey, man, it’s a better decision for you and your family. Have at it.”

Brooks Koepka agreed, saying he sees Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas regularly with no issue.

“I think that’s one of the big things. Down in Jupiter, we see each other. I was just with Rory and J.T. yesterday, and I think Keegan was there. We see each other quite a bit. I mean, there’s a lot of conversations.”

However, according to Bryson DeChambeau, there is some animosity towards PGA Tour and LIV players.

In an interview with Golfweek, the big hitter said that he’ been “cut off” by a prominent PGA Tour player.

“I was always kind of a guy who did it myself so I didn’t have too much contact with too many players but we’re cordial. I’ve talked with Jordan (Spieth) numerous times at Dallas National, anybody that’s out there, Will (Zalatoris) I’ve had a couple of conversations with but no problems.”

When Bryson was asked if anybody had stopped talking to him, he replied, “Yeah, definitely, I’m sure you can guess who.”

The interviewer guessed that DeChambeau was talking about none other than Tiger Woods, and the 29-year-old confirmed that he was.

“Yeah, I’m not going to throw anyone under the bus. He’s been a great friend. I texted him on his birthday. It is what it is. He has his viewpoints on it and thinks we’re potentially hurting his record. If anything, nobody is ever going to touch his record. That’s just it, that’s the bottom line. There’s a chance to grow the game even more and I hope one day he’ll see the vision that we all have out here.”

DeChambeau continued, saying he didn’t miss much about playing on the PGA Tour.

“I miss nothing. I mean, I love the fans, I love the people who came to support me. I loved all that. We’re starting to get the crowds out here, slowly but surely. People are starting to get what the model is and people are starting to like the teams a bit. From what I can see, the general consensus is things are moving in a more positive direction and I’m pleased with that.”

It’s been a struggle for the former U.S. Open champion since joining LIV, as he’s yet to even sniff contention since his move.

DeChambeau will look to get into form in a hurry this week at LIV Orlando before teeing it up at The Masters next week.

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‘Never be buddies’ – NHL star hits back at Brooks Koepka following golfer’s heckling



Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed all take part in this week’s LIV Golf Orlando, their own prelude to the Masters starting on April 6th.

So, of course, at Wednesday’s presser, they were asked about their preparations, what would happen if one were to win at Augusta and, naturally, about ‘Cone-gate,’ a recent incident involving Koepka, a traffic cone, and an insult hurled at NHL defenceman Aaron Ekblad. 


Koepka, captain of the Smash GC team, was happy to answer the reporter’s question and had his fellow LIV players intrigued by his revelations:

Q: Brooks, sort of a viral clip from last week at the Panther game, I was just curious what’s your beef with Aaron Ekblad, and did you bring the cone from home?

Brooks: I did not bring the cone. He gave up a bad goal. It was a bad pass in the third. I’m a die-hard P’s fan, and he gave up a bad goal.

Bubba: What sport is this?

Reed: Hockey.

Brooks: Really?

Yeah, it’s all right. Yeah, he gave up a bad goal I think midway through the third, and I just felt like if they didn’t win that game, they weren’t going to make the Playoffs. Dedicated fan, man.

Bubba: What is that cone he’s talking about?

Brooks: There was a cone. There was a cone that was just outside, so I —

Bubba: Were you hydrated that night?

Brooks: Yeah.

Bubba: Now we’re getting to it.

Brooks: Absolutely. Listen, I’m a die-hard fan.

Bubba: Is your shirt on or off?

Brooks: It’s on.

Bubba: I ain’t gonna look at it then.

Brooks: But I’m a die-hard fan, man. When they do something good, I’m the first one to cheer them, I’ll text these guys.

Bubba: Did you not text him?

Brooks: I didn’t text him, no. I did not.

Well, Ekblad has since responded, and told Sportsnet’s Luke Fox that he doesn’t know Koepka and that they will “never be buddies.”

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