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Holly Sonders recalls ‘worst day’ of her life after 2015 U.S. Open interview – GolfWRXers react

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to former reporter Holly Sanders’ recent comments that an interview with Jordan Spieth following the Texan’s 2015 U.S. Open victory culminated in her experiencing the ‘worst day’ of her life.

Sanders left Golf Channel for Fox before the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and revealed on Paige Spiranac’s latest “Playing a Round” podcast that she suffered torrents of abuse after she asked Spieth had he packed a fifth outfit for a potential playoff the next day.

“People were like, ‘Oh my God, you are the stupidest person I’ve ever met. What a dumb bimbo’. That was probably the worst day of my life the next day. I remember sitting on the charter flight to the Women’s Open, watching all this come in (even by) some people who were friends of mine in the media. 

To this day, I don ’t even understand. It was a joking question to Jordan, I understood … I got destroyed by that. After that, I was like, ‘Fu*k it.’ If all these people I had given so much to in the world of golf are going to come down on me on that, then forget it.”

Our members have been discussing the comments in our forum – with many surprised to hear she received so much heat over the question.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Showtime9: “I do remember her getting criticized for this, but it was because of criticism of the Fox coverage in general ad how poor it was. That first open at Chambers Bay was awful for Fox (mistaking players, missing shots, Joe Buck in general). I personally go back and forth on whether or not I like Holly or not. I did enjoy her on the Golf Channel, but the decisions she has made with her career in the last couple of years is mind-boggling.”
  • bubbagump: “Meh, no reason to hate or roast the chick, bad days and lessons are all subjective to us, and we have no idea what is involved unless you are in their shoes. All in all, the Fox broadcast was just miserable, and her little botch ranks so far low on why it sucked, it’s not like it was Steve Harvey announcing the wrong winner. “
  • Pingistheanser: “If that’s the worst day of her life, I’d say she’s lived a pretty privileged life. This is why I stopped listening to Paige’s podcast, though. Every episode is a fluff piece where the girl is always the victim, and the boys are all just so mean. Joking or not, it was a dumb question, and she fully deserved to get roasted for it. If she can’t handle people being critical of her, perhaps she needs to lead a more private life and not be in the public eye.”
  • Fade: “Jeez, I’ve heard plenty worse questions.”

Entire Thread: “Holly Sonders recalls ‘worst day’ of her life”

 

 

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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Report: Major champ set to join Brooks Koepka’s Smash GC LIV Golf team

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After finishing outside of the top-24 in the LIV Golf standings (40th) last season, Graeme McDowell has not been resigned by his former LIV Golf team, Cleeks GC.

However, McDowell received some good news after losing his guaranteed spot and has been signed by Smash GC which is captained by Brooks Koepka.

According to James Corrigan of The Telegraph, McDowell, an insider told him “Could not believe his luck”.

“Obviously, all was not rosy on the Cleeks and with G-Mac and Kaymer. He thought he was out of LIV and would have to be participating on the Asian Tour next year. Playing alongside Koepka – probably the best player on LIV – is a massive result for him.”

G-Mac is the second player to depart from Martin Kaymer’s Cleeks GC, as Austrian Bernd Wiesberger also failed to finish inside the top-24 on the standings and is now returning to the DP World Tour to play once again.

Although McDowell is a former major champion, he’s currently well past his prime. LIV Golf fans will be anticipating some bigger signings in the coming month or two if they want to make a splash this off-season.

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‘He’s lied maliciously about me’ – Alan Shipnuck hits back at Phil Mickelson and brings receipts

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The ongoing feud between Phil Mickelson and the author of the book “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar”, Alan Shipnuck, continued on Monday.

Previously, Shipnuck shared on X that shared that he’d been told Phil Mickelson was telling people that Rahm to LIV was a “done deal”.

Phil retorted by slamming Shipnuck, calling the author “the worst liar and a pathetic human”.

Mickelson also responded directly in a (now deleted) tweet.

This week, Shipnuck fired back at Phil, and he brought receipts.

“When I was working on the Mickelson biography “Phil,” he called me because he wanted me to know what was really happening behind the scenes with LIV Golf and the PGA Tour. During that call Phil famously said, “They’re scary motherfuckers to get involved with. We know they killed [Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights. They execute people over there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it?”

During that riff he cited a specific gay person he is close with to help make his point. It didn’t feel right in the moment but he just kept talking and I let it go. I subsequently sent Phil a fact-checking email about the most sensitive material in the book (screenshots below). I wanted to give Phil a chance to reconsider his comment about this person’s sexuality. Throughout the entire process of writing the book, I tried to be transparent and fair to Mickelson; it’s clear from my fact-checking email that I am using his comments about the Saudis in my book. Phil never responded to my email but his lawyer Pat Swan did and we spoke by phone on Jan. 1, 2022. (While putting the book together I had conversations with two other lawyers employed by Mickelson.) Swan said Phil appreciated my sensitivity and would like me to remove the comment about the person’s sexuality, which I was happy to do. Neither Mickelson or Swan ever raised any concerns about me using the other contents of my phone call with Phil in the book.

After his comments were published in an excerpt on http://FirePitCollective.com, creating an intense controversy, Mickelson claimed our conversation had been off-the-record. I had previously asked him three times face-to-face to sit for interviews; we both knew this phone call was for the book and everything he told me was going in its pages. He never asked to go off-the-record. If he had, I would have pushed back hard because this was my one chance to interview him for the book. In October ’22, Mickelson made another confounding statement: “So I will reiterate, I never did an interview with Alan Shipnuck.”

Phil can say whatever he wants but that doesn’t make it true. He has lied maliciously about me and I think his current comments should be seen through that lens.”

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Asian Tour event alerts players they will need to pay and arrange own travel to hit range balls

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This week’s Asian Tour event will have the professionals feeling like the amateurs while attempting to warm up for their rounds.

A memo was sent to the players and shared by “Monday Q Info” on X said that if they wanted to use an outdoor range to warm up, the pro’s would have to use the public driving range nearby at their own cost and must arrange their own transportation.

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The memo also shared that Trackman would be providing three indoor hitting bays with screens, nets and Trackman units.

After seeing the tweet, Berry Henson, who regularly competes on the Asian Tour, shared that it’s not entirely uncommon for the Japan Challenge Tour to have no range.

“Isn’t that abnormal in Asia to have this. On Japan Challenge tour it’s weekly occurrence to have no range. We have multiple events during the year where we can only warm up with irons. “Practice you talking about practice” Allen Iverson ???”.

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