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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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2021 ANA Inspiration odds

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The opening major of the year gets underway this week from Missions Hill CC, as the elite field gets set to battle it out for the ANA Inspiration.

Inbee Park is the prohibitive favorite for the tournament after her dominant victory at last week’s Kia Classic and starts the event at 15/2.

As for the U.S. challenge, there are a bunch of players in top form, and Nelly Korda leads the American charge at 11/1, while Danielle Kang and Lexi Thompson are also fancied to go well and begin the tournament at odds of 12/1

Here are the complete list of 2021 ANA Inspiration odds (As of March 30) courtesy of BetOnline.ag.

  • Inbee Park 15/2
  • Jin Young Ko 10/1
  • Hyo Joo Kim 11/1
  • Nelly Korda 11/1
  • Danielle Kang 12/1
  • Lexi Thompson 12/1
  • Lydia Ko 18/1
  • Brooke Henderson 20/1
  • So Yeon Ryu 20/1
  • Jessica Korda 22/1
  • Minjee Lee 22/1
  • Sei Young Kim 22/1
  • In Gee Chun 25/1
  • Ariya Jutanugarn 50/1
  • Amy Olson 55/1
  • Austin Ernst 55/1
  • Charley Hull 55/1
  • Stacy Lewis 55/1
  • Jennifer Kupcho 66/1
  • Jeongeun Lee6 66/1
  • Ally Ewing 70/1
  • Carlota Ciganda 70/1
  • Jenny Shin 70/1
  • Moriya Jutanugarn 75/1
  • Nasa Hataoka 80/1
  • Sophia Popov 80/1
  • A. Lim Kim 90/1
  • Amy Yang 90/1
  • Cheyenne Knight 90/1
  • Sung Hyun Park 90/1
  • Anna Nordqvist 100/1
  • Brittany Altomare 100/1
  • Caroline Masson 100/1
  • Emily Kristine Pederson 100/1
  • Gaby Lopez 100/1
  • Georgia Hall 100/1
  • Hannah Green 100/1
  • Jennifer Song 100/1
  • Jodi Ewart Shadoff 100/1
  • Marina Alex 100/1
  • Megan Khang 100/1
  • Mel Reid 100/1
  • Shanshan Feng 100/1
  • Hinako Shibuno 110/1
  • Brittany Lincicome 125/1
  • Leona Maguire 125/1
  • Lizette Salas 125/1
  • Mi Jung Hur 125/1
  • Mirim Lee 125/1
  • Xiyu Lin 125/1
  • Yealimi Noh 125/1
  • Yu Liu 125/1

Who is your tip to win the opening major of the year, WRXers?

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The most viewed golf shots on YouTube

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What are the most viewed golf shots on YouTube, and subsequently, how much money do these videos generate for their popularity?

If either of these questions are of interest to you, then you’ll love the work of a new study from Surprize Shop, who gathered YouTube data on the top 30 most-watched golf shots of all time to find out which famous swing makes the most money through its YouTube views.

Here’s a look at the top ten and the money earned from the video represented in pound sterling.

1.Tiger Woods at the 1997 Phoenix Open (2,471,520 views)
Video earnings: £3,341

2. Jack Nicklaus at the 1972 U.S. Open (1,562,361 views)
Video earnings: £2,108

3. Seve Ballesteros at the 1997 Open de France (824,878 views)
Video earnings: £1,112

4. Tiger Woods at the 2012 Memorial Tournament (626,468 views)
Video earnings: £847

5. Tiger Woods at the 2008 U.S. Open (551,076 views)
Video earnings: £745

6. Tiger Woods at the 2000 Bell Canadian Open (411,617 views)
Video earnings: £556

7. Phil Mickelson at the 2013 Open Championship (343,101 views)
Video earnings: £463

8. Tiger Woods at the 2005 Masters (342,993 views)
Video earnings: £463

9. Seve Ballesteros at the 1986 Masters (242,921 views)
Video earnings: £327

10. Phil Mickelson at the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open (204,994 views)
Video earnings: £280

To calculate which golf shot is the most viewed on YouTube, Surprize Shop researched and recorded the number of YouTube views of over 45 famous golf shots, and then ranked these from highest to lowest views to reveal the top 30 most-watched golf shots.

To calculate how much each video earns on YouTube, the company used the Influencer Marketing Hub YouTube Money Calculator, which shows the earnings of different YouTube videos based on their total number of views.

Check out the study and full top 30 from Surprize Shop in full here.

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EA Sports to launch new PGA Tour video game; Tiger plugs rival game the same day

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After a drought in the video game world, golf fans will now have not one but two video games to choose from after EA Sports announced that a new game is currently in development.

What we know so far about the game is that players will have the chance to build their virtual career whilst playing as or against some of the tour’s top players, and it will include tournaments such as The Players and the FedExCup Playoffs.

Further details about the next-gen game will be revealed in the next few weeks, and a launch date will be announced in the coming months.

The game is set to rival the new PGA Tour 2k21 video game, which Tiger Woods recently became a part of. It may well have been a coincidence, but after news broke of the new EA Sports game coming soon, Tiger Woods was quick to plug the PGA Tour 2k21 game on his social media sites:

In 2013, EA Sports parted ways with Tiger after working together for 14 years.

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