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Jon Rahm takes unexpected cheeky swipe at Phil Mickelson 



Earlier this month, Joel Dahmen found out what happens when you barb Phil Mickelson before a round, with a fired-up Lefty shooting a 66 on day one at Quail Hollow to take the spoils between the two.

You may have thought this experience would have resulted in players not looking to trash talk with Mickelson before a round, but Jon Rahm clearly didn’t get the memo and took a shot at the 50-year-old following his opening round at Kiawah Island.

After his opening round, the Spaniard was discussing the conditions of the course, and it gave him the chance to hit Mickelson with an unexpected swipe.

“It’s difficult, man. I mean, technically I would say starting on 1 might be a little easier because you start with four holes into the wind that you can manage and then you get 5 through 13 downwind where you can maybe get some scores going, right. 

At the same time, you also finish with five really, really difficult holes, but by that point you might have even gotten some confidence in the swing and you can finish it strong. Hey, Phil shot 4-under on the back nine so anything is possible.” 

Mickelson’s response? Swift – with Lefty taking to Twitter to announce that the bear had been poked after Rahm’s comment.

Obviously, the chances are high that Rahm was just kidding, but it has set things up nicely for today’s second round!

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



  1. Bob

    May 24, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Jon rahm is less likely to win a major at this point than Phil. I feel like rahms window is slowly closing. I don’t doubt he will win one. But I seriously doubt multiple majors at this point. Time will tell but even if rahm wins two I don’t think he makes the hall like Phil.

  2. Mark it Zero

    May 24, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Who was one of players to congratulate Phil after he won?

  3. PJ

    May 22, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Rahm needs to worry about not having a tantrum or breaking clubs. Phil has something Rahm won’t ever have….a major.

  4. Johnny Penso

    May 21, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Rahm isn’t bright enough to realize that his comments will only spur Mickelson on.

  5. Ron Jahm

    May 21, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    And Rahm has won which major again????

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19th Hole

‘No one really gave a sh*t’: Koepka left fuming by chaotic scenes on 18th hole



Sunday’s scenes on the final hole at Kiawah Island had shades of 2018 East Lake, but one man was not pleased by what occurred and let it be known in his post-round presser.

Brooks Koepka played second fiddle to Phil Mickelson during the wild scenes on the 18th hole on Sunday and claims that a fan targeted his bad knee amongst the chaos.

Speaking after his round, an upset Koepka said regarding the scenes:

“It would have been cool if I didn’t have a knee injury and got dinged a few times in the knee in that crowd because no one really gave a shit. If I was fine, yeah, it would have been cool.

It’s cool for Phil. But getting dinged a few times isn’t exactly my idea of fun.”

CBS announcer Jim Nantz accused the marshalls of failing to control the crowd on the last hole, and an angry Koepka further vented on the overflow of fans when asked what was going through his mind at the time, saying:

“Trying to protect my knee. I don’t think anybody really understands until you actually you’re coming out of surgery how — I mean, even when I was doing rehab and there’s five people kind of standing by your knee, you get a little skittish.

I don’t mind waiting or being in that crowd but I don’t know, it felt like somebody tried to, I don’t know what the deal was, but it is what it is. I’ll be putting it in ice today. It feels like shit right now.”

The 31-year-old suffered a nightmare final day on the greens at Kiawah Island to see his challenge fade and didn’t hide his disappointment with the outcome when asked directly after his round.

“I’m pretty bummed. I’m not happy. I don’t know if there’s a right word I can say here without getting fined, but it hurts a little bit. It’s one of those things where I just never felt comfortable over the putts. I don’t know why.”

As for being upset with what occurred on the 72nd hole, Brooks wasn’t the only member of his family angered by the messy scenes, with his father Bob taking to Twitter to voice his discontent.

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Tour pro brutally left hanging when trying to congratulate Phil Mickelson



We’ve all been there, attempting to interact with an individual, and it doesn’t go at all according to plan – and that was certainly the case for Kevin Streelman on Sunday.

With Phil Mickelson being bombarded with congratulations from fellow players while walking away from the 18th hole, Streelman decided to get in the mix.

Unfortunately, with his timing off, he instead got savagely ignored through no fault of his own.

Here’s a look at the incident below, but it’s not for the faint-hearted!


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Plenty of WRX followers found the scene relatable, and here’s a look at a few of the reactions:

  • gawrontifhasions: “Phil needs to find Kevin and give him a hug. He deserves it. Heard Kevin is a class act.”
  • dmanferdini: “Oh god this is painful to watch.”
  • kyle_hayslip: “Oh buddy, I’ve been there. Just not on TV. That’s when I walk away to the nearest bar and grab a shot and beer.”

Tough scenes.

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Tiger Woods leads tributes on social media for ‘inspirational’ Phil Mickelson



Phil Mickelson became the oldest major champion in history on Sunday, as Lefty rolled back the years to capture his second PGA Championship.

The 50-year-old’s victory stunned the golf world, and the tributes have been pouring in for Mickelson, from his fellow golfers to athletes from other sports. 

Here’s a look at some of the reaction to Mickelson’s victory, led by former rival Tiger Woods, who described the performance as “inspirational.”


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