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

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‘My legacy is being built right now’ – Phil Mickelson on his role in the changing landscape of pro golf

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It’s been one of, if not the most, dramatic years in golf’s professional history, with the new LIV Golf Series sending shockwaves throughout the sport.

At the heart of the breakaway LIV Golf Series is Phil Mickelson, whose statement to Alan Shipnuck that he was using LIV as ‘leverage’ against the PGA Tour forced Lefty into exile amid a fierce backlash to the comments Mickelson later described as “reckless”.

The 52-year-old re-emerged when he signed for LIV Golf, for a fee of around $200 million, and his return to the course saw the 6-time major champ struggle mightily with his play while also having to deal with hecklers unhappy with his actions.

However, in reaction to the upstart LIV Golf, the PGA Tour recently announced several changes to its respective tour that will see several huge financial benefits offered to its top-tier and lower-tier members.

The changes were so monumental that they even prompted Alan Shipnuck to react by saying: “Phil was right.”

In a recent interview with Bob Harig of SI, Mickelson opened up on a number of topics surrounding the current state of affairs of professional golf and dismissed the idea that his legacy may have been negatively affected by his deeds in 2022.

I feel that my legacy is being built right now.” said Mickelson. “The changes that professional golf are going through I believe are in the best interest for the fans and the players. I feel that it’s being built right now. It hurts to see so much hostility and negativity, for sure. I really believe in the end it’s going to be worth it and I think in the long run everyone is going to come out ahead.”

“So my legacy is being built. But I also have 30 years of being a part of the Tour and appreciate what the Tour has given me and my family. And those relationships that have been formed and the connections with fans. So many memories and moments and friendships.”

According to Mickelson, the changes the PGA Tour has made that are going to earn players a lot more money in the future has prompted tour members to reach out to him and thank him for his role in the injection of cash.

Asked by Harig had any players either thanked him or acknowledged to him that he had some underlying points that were valid, Mickelson responded:

“Yes, numerous. And I’m very appreciative. They are from both sides. I think players on both sides of LIV and the PGA Tour are appreciative of what is happening. Every player is benefiting.’’

In addition, Mickelson revealed to Harig that he “wholeheartedly believes” that he’ll be at Augusta in 2023 for the Masters, and while he doesn’t feel “vindicated” by the recent PGA Tour changes, he admitted that “I’m generally happy that the top players who are really driving the Tour and creating the interest are being listened to.”

As for a truce between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, Mickelson believes that things will eventually work themselves out.

“I think we’re in a bit of a grace period before it all works itself out. I believe it will in time. I believe these organizations will come together in time and find a solution. The upside is tremendously high, especially on a global scale. So I’ve moved forward to try and help promote that and LIV Golf.’’

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DP World Tour pro makes a hole-in-one and then gets disqualified

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On Thursday at the Made in Himmerland event on the DP World Tour, 30-year-old Aaron Cockerill had a moment he’ll never forget before suffering a fate that he’d rather forget.

On the 16th hole at Himmerland, the Canadian hit a hole-in-one, making it back-to-back weeks that Cockerill recorded an Ace in professional tournament play.

The Ace took Cockerill from one-over par on the day to one-under before following up the spectacular hole-in-one with a quadruple-bogey 8 on the next.

To make matters worse, Cockerill then forgot to sign his scorecard following his round and was subsequently DQ’d from the event.

Taking to Twitter after the day’s play, Cockerill confirmed the hole-in-one, saying he didn’t ‘validate’ it on the next and blamed “some hole in one chatter in the recording area” for forgetting to sign his scorecard.

All is not lost, however, as last week’s Ace from Cockerill earned the 30-year-old the grand prize of 30,000 Swiss francs worth of life insurance courtesy of Vaudoise Insurances.

So he’s got that going for him, which is nice.

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Tiger Woods signed 2000s Scotty Cameron putter attracting huge bids at auction

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Tiger Woods’ personal Red Dot Scotty Cameron backup putter is  now up for auction.

Golden Age Auctions has listed the putter starting at $5,000. As of Friday at around 07:00 AM E.T., the bidding has reached $72,104.00. The bidding is to remain open for seventeen days.

The listing states:

“This coveted 2000s Tiger Woods backup putter has become the marquee modern golf collectible. There are only a handful of pieces of sports memorabilia that we can be relatively certain will be collected for centuries – Babe Ruth’s bat; Muhammad Ali’s gloves; Michael Jordan’s shoes. When it comes to golf, there’s one such item that we would add to the list above all others – Tiger Woods’ red dot Scotty Cameron putter.”

It must be noted that this is not the putter than Tiger used in the prime of his career to win most of his major championships. Tiger is still using that putter today, and it’s estimated that his primary Scotty Cameron could be worth up to $10 million.

While the putter is a backup, Woods still would have used the putter quite often during practice. There were very few of these putters made specifically for Tiger, which explains why the price is still rising on the putter despite it never being Woods’ primary flatstick.

The G.O.A.T was in possession of this putter until 2005, when he autographed the face and then auctioned it at a fundraiser. The event raised money for the foundation’s first TGR Learning Lab campus.

This marks the first time since 2005 that this putter has been put to auction.

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