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Ex-Golf Channel Lisa Cornwell drops bombshell details of alleged mistreatment from previous employers

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For those of you who aren’t on social media, you may have missed Lisa Cornwell, employed by the Golf Channel for seven years, speaking out recently alleging mistreatment during her employment with the network.

On this week’s episode on the No Laying Up podcast, Cornwell, accompanied by her attorney on the show, discussed the mistreatment.

Before getting into the allegations, Cornwell made it clear that “what she went through is nothing compared to what dozens of women at the network had faced”, and that her January 1st tweet was “calculated” as she could now finally speak out.

The allegations cited? They range from a management hierarchy that she believes actively tried to keep her off broadcasts, a “downhill spiral” which began with a broadcast alongside Brandel Chamblee, as well as an executive making fun of an analyst seriously struggling with anxiety.

The latter was the first allegation brought up on the show by Cornwell, with the incident occurring at a company dinner at the 2016 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon hosted by the head of Golf Central. Per Cornwell, this is what went down at the dinner:

“The person leading that dinner, and there are 15 people there, he’s the head of Golf Central. We have a new analyst who’s had some anxiety issues on air, and he’s basically making fun of him.

I stood up, he’s a friend of mine, I said ‘What are we doing? We don’t do this. This is not who we are. This was a big issue, and it was hard for him, and we’re not going to sit here and make fun of it.”

The “downhill spiral” which the former Golf Channel analyst claims she’ll never forget occurred on August 2018 when she appeared as a fill-in co-host alongside Brandel Chamblee – who she says “never liked me from day one”.

Cornwell revealed that she made a mistake with a strokes gained graphic on that broadcast alongside Chamblee, who responded by making frustrated gestures during the program and wouldn’t talk to her after the show ended.

Following that incident (According to Cornwell, the 4th or 5th run-in with Chamblee), she called senior vice president and executive editor for Golf Channel Geoff Russell to discuss the incident, who she later found out is friends with Chamblee. Per Cornwell, she told Russell that “I am pissed off. You have to fix this. I am tired of working in this environment, with this man, who treats me like I shouldn’t even be there.”

After being told that the incident would be looked into, Cornwell said that “there is a clear timeline from August 2018 to where things started to shift.”

In December of that year, Cornwell stated that she received a scheduling email that for the first time she would not be hosting the 2019 NCAA Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas – Cornwell’s home state.

“I had always hosted the women’s NCAAs since I had been at Golf Channel. I get a scheduling email that I would not be the host that year at Arkansas, that I had been demoted to a reporter, and they didn’t even have the guts to tell me.”

A decision related to what had occurred on-air with Chamblee a few months earlier? Per Cornwell: “100 percent, how could you justify it?”

Last March, Cornwell and her attorney Tom Mars filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and having received a reply, they were due to send a follow-up report in September.

One of the final straws she describes then came at the ANA Inspiration. Cornwell revealed that Xi Yu Lin (Known as Janet) and her instructor Tony Ziegler had been unable to get their hands on Mizuno clubs despite a club fitting just two weeks before the event.

What resulted was that Lin and her team were forced to buy the heads off the rack at an Orlando-located Edwin Watts and had attached Nippon overnighted shafts to the heads.

Following the first round of the ANA Inspiration and before an interview with Lin, who was two shots off the lead, Cornwell referenced the Mizuno incident on air and also sent multiple tweets calling out the incident which you can see below.

Per Cornwell, a day later she received a phone call from Russell who expressed that Mizuno felt Cornwell unfairly represented them. After Cornwell explained that it’s a common theme on the LPGA Tour and that GolfWeek’s Beth Ann Nichols had written an article on it, she says that it “flipped a switch” with Russell who Cornwell claims started “cussing and screaming” at her.

Cornwell was sent home from the event three days before the EEOC report was due:

“A man, in his 60s, who was my boss, screaming and cussing me out and sending me home over a gender-related issue from a women’s golf tournament during the middle of a retaliation, gender-discrimination, EEOC case. I don’t know what organization allows that to happen, but Golf Channel didn’t do anything about it.”

Cornwell said she wouldn’t let anyone talk to her that way and that following the ANA she was never allowed to interview another LPGA player on live television again, despite covering two further majors this year.

Per host Chris Solomon, Golf Channel declined to comment on the allegations based on how he “summarised them in the email”.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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Is this the strangest putting stroke ever seen on the PGA Tour?

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When it comes to putting, we all have our own little quirks and techniques, but during The American Express, one golfer took it to the next level displaying the oddest putting stroke you’ll see for some time.

Mark Hubbard was on his final hole during the second round of the event and knew that he was heading home from the event – comfortably missing the cut.

With that freedom in mind, Hubbard decided to have some fun and faced with a 10-foot putt for par, the 31-year-old hunched over – after doing an Elvis style little move – and placed his pinky just above the hosel.

Check out the bizarre moment here.

Hubbard missed the putt, and it was a moment that had golf fans on the Twittersphere truly baffled.


 

This is not a putting stroke I can see catching on!

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How much each player won at the 2021 American Express

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Si-Woo Kim finished strong on Sunday to snatch victory at The American Express, and along with his third title on tour, the Korean takes home $1.2 million in prize money. Patrick Cantlay came up just short despite an incredible fourth-round run, and for his efforts, the 28-year-old earned $730,300.

With a total prize purse of $6.7 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player who made the cut earned at the 2021 American Express.

1: Si Woo Kim, -23, $1,206,000

2: Patrick Cantlay, -22, $730,300

3: Cameron Davis, -21, $462,300

4: Tony Finau, -19, $328,300

T-5: Abraham Ancer, -15, $247,900

T-5: Michael Thompson, -15, $247,900

T-5: Doug Ghim, -15, $247,900

T-8: Ben An, -14, $189,275

T-8: Paul Casey, -14, $189,275

T-8: Francesco Molinari, -14, $189,275

T-8: Brian Harman, -14, $189,275

T-12: Henrik Norlander, -13, $137,350

T-12: Rory Sabbatini, -13, $137,350

T-12: Sungjae Im, -13, $137,350

T-12: Chase Seiffert, -13, $137,350

T-16: Bo Hoag, -12, $102,175

T-16: Chris Kirk, -12, $102,175

T-16: Ryan Armour, -12, $102,175

T-16: Gary Woodland, -12, $102,175

T-16: Russell Knox, -12, $102,175

T-21: Kramer Hickok, -11, $58,625

T-21: Branden Steele, -11, $58,625

T-21: Rickie Fowler, -11, $58,625

T-21: John Huh, -11, $58,625

T-21: Brandon Hagy, -11, $58,625

T-21: Andrew Putnam, -11, $58,625

T-21: Luke List, -11, $58,625

T-21: Talor Gooch, -11, $58,625

T-21: Matt Jones, -11, $58,625

T-21: Richy Werenski, -11, , $58,625

T-21: Max Homa, -11, $58,625

T-32: Kyle Stanley, -10, $38,257

T-32: James Hahn, -10, $38,256

T-32: Kyoung-Hoon Lee, -10, $38,257

T-32: Auastin Cook, -10, $38,257

T-32: Adam Hadwin, -10, $38,190

T-37: Bronson Burgoon, -9, $31,257

T-37: Adam Schenk, -9, $31,257

T-37: Emiliano Grillo, -9, $31,257

T-40: Josh Teater, -8, $25,125

T-40: Alex Noren, -8, $25,125

T-40: Jamie Lovemark, -8, $25,125

T-40: Rhein Gibson, -8, $25,125

T-40: Matthew Wolff, -8, $25,125

T-40: Roger Sloan, -8, $25,125

T-40: Tyler McCumber, -8, $25,125

T-47: Nick Taylor, -7, $17,777.34

T-47: Rob Oppenheim, -7, $17,777.34

T-47: Sam Ryder, -7, $17,777.33

T-47: Martin Laird, -7, $17,777.33

T-47: Brian Stuard, -7, $17,777.33

T-47: Harry Hall, -7, $17,777.33

53: Patton Kizzire, -6, $16,147

T-54: Charl Schwartzel, -5, $15,812

T-54: Wyndham Clark, -5, $15,812

T-56: Ben Martin, -4, $15,410

T-56: Tyler Duncan, -4, $15,410

T-56: Cameron Tringale, -4, $15,410

T-56: Erik van Rooyen, -4, $15,410

T-60: Jimmy Walker, -3, $15,008

T-60: Vaughn Taylor, -3, $15,008

T-62: Hank Lebioda, -2, $14,740

T-62: Zach Johnson, -2, $14,740

T-64: Andrew Landry, -1, $14,338

T-64: David Hearn, -1, $14,338

T-64: Will Gordon, -1, $14,338

T-64: Sebastian Cappelen, -1, $14,338

68: Nelson Ledesma, E, $14,003

69: Adam Long, +1, $13,869

70: Doc Redman, +2, $13,735

71: Maverick McNealy, +3, $13,601

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‘Angry Golfers’ – Pro golfers visit anger management in hilarious Euro tour video

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The European Tour has produced many memorable pieces of content over the past couple of years – but they have just outdone themselves with their latest video: ‘Angry Golfers’.

Filmed in Abu Dhabi, the video stars Tommy Fleetwood who hosts a group therapy session for some golfers looking to lose their temper on the course: Matt Wallace, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Eddie Pepperell, and of course, Tyrrell Hatton.

Check out the funny video below.

Here’s what some of our members have been saying about the video in our forums:

  • Matty01984: “More amazing work from the European Tour social media team!”
  • Frankensteins Monster: “Bloody brilliant.”
  • gators78: “Whatever this strategic partnership/alliance/cuddle buddy deal is between the PGA Tour and the Euro Tour, the PGAT should launch their entire social media staff and use the Euro Tours. Their stuff is just miles better.”

We can only hope we don’t have too long to wait for more great stuff from the Euro Tour content committee!

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