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The hilarious mind game Phil Mickelson used against Colin Montgomerie



Phil Mickelson may be one of the most charismatic and entertaining characters on Tour, but he’s also one of the fiercest competitors, as we recently saw at Kiawah Island.

With that competitive edge in mind, Lefty is not averse to playing mind games, and when it came to Colin Montgomerie, he implemented a simple yet classic strategy.

Per Monty, Mickelson referred to him as Chris for about a decade, and when Colin addressed him over it, Lefty just continued to call him Chris. Just beautiful.

Of course, the playful Mickelson weighed in on the short clip, adding his surprise that Monty’s forename is, in fact, not Chris.

Whatever it takes, Lefty will find that edge!

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



  1. Jim Nantz Knew

    Jun 6, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Reminds me of the mindgame the PGA is playing with players. “GET THE VACCINE”……….”Nice lead Jon, be a shame if you tested positive”…..

  2. Bob

    Jun 4, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    I guess Phil should have tried a little harder with this mind game at the Ryder Cup where Monty pummeled him over and over. LOLOL

  3. Benny

    Jun 4, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Hahaha T-Bone, love it. This is hilarios and love everything about it hahhahahahahaha!

  4. T-Bone

    Jun 4, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Nice. Reminds me of when Frank Costanza kept referring to Mr. Krueger as “cougar”.

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19th Hole

How much each player won at the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic



Cam Davis edged out Troy Merritt and Joaquin Niemann in Detroit for his first title on the PGA Tour, with the win earning the Australian $1,350,000. Merritt and Niemann were left disappointed in the playoff, but their runner-up finishes earn each an impressive payday of $667,500.

With a total prize purse of $7.5 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player won at the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic.

1: Cam Davis, 270/-18, $1,350,000

P-2: Troy Merritt, 270/-18, $667,500

P-2: Joaquin Niemann, 270/-18, $667,500

T-4: Hank Lebioda, 271/-17, $337,500

T-4: Alex Noren, 271/-17, $337,500

T-6: Brandon Hagy, 272/-16, $262,500

T-6: Bubba Watson, 272/-16, $262,500

T-8: Mark Anderson, 273/-15, $211,875

T-8: Sungjae Im, 273/-15, $211,875

T-8: Kevin Kisner, 273/-15, $211,875

T-8: Seamus Power, 273/-15, $211,875

T-12: Chris Kirk, 274/-14, $166,875

T-12: Jason Kokrak, 274/-14, $166,875

T-14: Keegan Bradley, 275/-13, $121,875

T-14: Jason Day, 275/-13, $121,875

T-14: Fabián Gómez, 275/-13, $121,875

T-14: Mackenzie Hughes, 275/-13, $121,875

T-14: Pat Perez, 275/-13, $121,875

T-14: Cameron Tringale, 275/-13, $121,875

T-14: Kevin Tway, 275/-13, $121,875

T-21: Joel Dahmen, 276/-12, $81,750

T-21: Maverick McNealy, 276/-12, $81,750

T-21: Roger Sloan, 276/-12, $81,750

T-21: Curtis Thompson, 276/-12, $81,750

T-25: Max Homa, 277/-11, $56,410.72

T-25: Beau Hossler, 277/-11, $56,410.72

T-25: Patton Kizzire, 277/-11, $56,410.72

T-25: Lanto Griffin, 277/-11, $56,410.71

T-25: Tom Lewis, 277/-11, $56,410.71

T-25: Scott Stallings, 277/-11, $56,410.71

T-25: Richy Werenski, 277/-11, $56,410.71

T-32: Rickie Fowler, 278/-10, $41,875

T-32: Doug Ghim, 278/-10, $41,875

T-32: Bo Hoag, 278/-10, $41,875

T-32: Sean O’Hair, 278/-10, $41,875

T-32: Patrick Reed, 278/-10, $41,875

T-32: J.J. Spaun, 278/-10, $41,875

T-38: Henrik Norlander, 279/-9, $34,125

T-38: Brandt Snedeker, 279/-9, $34,125

T-38: Robert Streb, 279/-9, $34,125

T-41: Aaron Baddeley, 280/-8, $24,115.91

T-41: Michael Gellerman, 280/-8, $24,115.91

T-41: Michael Gligic, 280/-8, $24,115.91

T-41: Lucas Glover, 280/-8, $24,115.91

T-41: Garrick Higgo, 280/-8, $24,115.91

T-41: Russell Knox, 280/-8, $24,115.91

T-41: Nelson Ledesma, 280/-8, $24,115.91

T-41: Cameron Percy, 280/-8, $24,115.91

T-41: Patrick Rodgers, 280/-8, $24,115.91

T-41: Adam Schenk, 280/-8, $24,115.91

T-41: Kyle Stanley, 280/-8, $24,115.90

T-52: Scott Brown, 281/-7, $17,775

T-52: Tyler Duncan, 281/-7, $17,775

T-52: Chesson Hadley, 281/-7, $17,775

T-52: Matt Jones, 281/-7, $17,775

T-52: Anirban Lahiri, 281/-7, $17,775

T-52: Nick Taylor, 281/-7, $17,775

T-58: Chris Baker, 282/-6, $16,575

T-58: Jonas Blixt, 282/-6, $16,575

T-58: Kramer Hickok, 282/-6, $16,575

T-58: Si Woo Kim, 282/-6, $16,575

T-58: Matthew NeSmith, 282/-6, $16,575

T-58: Josh Teater, 282/-6, $16,575

T-58: Davis Thompson, 282/-6, $16,575

T-58: Vincent Whaley, 282/-6, $16,575

T-58: Matthew Wolff, 282/-6, $16,575

T-67: Ryan Brehm, 283/-5, $15,600

T-67: Sebastián Muñoz, 283/-5, $15,600

T-67: Camilo Villegas, 283/-5, $15,600

T-67: Danny Willett, 283/-5, $15,600

T-71: Willie Mack III, 284/-4, $15,075

T-71: Bo Van Pelt, 284/-4, $15,075

T-71: Jimmy Walker, 284/-4, $15,075

T-74: Sung Kang, 285/-3, $14,700

T-74: Phil Mickelson, 285/-3, $14,700

76: Byeong Hun An, 286/-2, $14,475

77: Will Zalatoris, 288/E, $14,325

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19th Hole

Phil Mickelson rules out return to Detroit after ‘unnecessary attack’ from journalist



Phil Mickelson’s appearance at this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic will likely be his last, with the 50-year-old left seething at a rehashed article from a local journalist over a matter dating back to 1997.

The Detroit News report published this week by writer Robert Snell is a repurposed piece telling the story of Mickelson’s ties to a mob-connected bookmaker, ‘Dandy’ Don DeSeranno, who allegedly cheated Mickelson out of $500,000, per court filings acquired by the author.

Mickelson wasn’t accused of wrongdoing in the 1997 trial, and at the Rocket Mortgage Classic this week, he has slammed the “selfish and irresponsible” piece of work from the journalist.

“I felt like as the PGA champion, I would be able to bring some value and maybe help the tournament out,” said Mickelson. “I feel that Rob Snell made an article this week that was very opportunistic and selfish and irresponsible.

I was looking at some ways that my foundation might be able to get involved. When you have a divisive voice like that, you can’t bring people together, it’s very hard to bring people together, and that needs to change because the people here are great.”

Lefty also effectively ruled out a return to Detroit for any future golf tournaments because of the treatment from Snell, which he described as an”unnecessary attack”.

“I don’t see that happening (returning to the event next year). I don’t see me coming back. Not that I don’t love the people here and they haven’t been great, but not with that type of thing happening.

“It was so much effort for me to be here and to have that type of unnecessary attack. Not like I care, it happened 20-something years ago. It’s just the lack of appreciation.”

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19th Hole

DeChambeau splits with caddie Tim Tucker; Brooks takes cryptic shot at Bryson



Just as he was due to tee off for round one of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, news has emerged that Bryson DeChambeau has split with his caddie Tim Tucker.

Tucker was on the bag for all 8 of Bryson’s victories on Tour but will have Ben Schomin, the head of Tour operations for Cobra, on his bag this week in Detroit.

Speaking to Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner, DeChambeau’s agent, Brett Falkoff said

“They had a good run, and they mutually agreed yesterday afternoon to go their separate ways. Everything runs its course. Tim was getting tired, and Bryson was getting tired. In any relationship they run their course, and that’s what happened here.

It wasn’t one specific issue. It was a culmination. Like any caddie-player relationship, they had their ups and downs. They wish each other nothing but the best and will always be there for each other.”

With their feud still ongoing, Brooks Koepka was quick off the mark to take a cryptic shot at his rival, posting on his social media sites a message saying: “Couldn’t do it without my guy Rick! Best friend and greatest caddie to do it @dickelliott appreciation day!”


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Bryson and Tucker previously split back in 2017 before reuniting shortly after in 2018.

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