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

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

18 Comments

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  1. Joey5picks

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:22 am

    FIGJAM gets fleeced by a shady bookie in the same city he’s planting a golf tournament and he doesn’t think it’s a story? Princess Phil at it again

  2. Jack Nash

    Jul 2, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    The reporter heard there’s plenty of openings coming up at CNN.

  3. Howard Hayden

    Jul 2, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Well, Phil has every right to be upset over a totally pointless and non-newsworthy re-hashed story by some hack journalist. However, the fine people of Detroit should not be penalized for the poor decisions of the idiot writer and editor who allowed the piece to run.

  4. Bob

    Jul 2, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    The effort it took Phil? Dude you got on a private plane And are chauffeured around. You stay at at 5 star hotels or millionaire homes. You take a personal chef with you. Effort? Made me laugh.

    • CrashTestDummy

      Jul 4, 2021 at 11:23 am

      Golf is still a job, work, demanding on the body, and mentally taxing. Playing about 5-7 days a week for 4-6 weeks in a row is not easy, especially at his age.

  5. David Aceto

    Jul 2, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    yea don did stiff him even listed phil on his bankruptcy but two wrongs dont make a right ask the menber at augusta national phil stiffed i guess what comes around goes around

  6. David Aceto

    Jul 2, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    yea don stiffed him even listed phil in dons bancraupcy but two wrongs dont make a right what about the member of augusta national that phil stiffed

  7. Greg McNeill

    Jul 2, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Agreed that the article was lazy and opportunistic. But c’mon Phil- “It was so much effort for me to be here.” What effort? You fly privately on your own jet and either spend the week at the home of a multimillionaire friend, with your private chef in tow or at a 5 star hotel. “Effort” are the single parents working 2 jobs to pay the bills. Get over yourself.

    • Mike Angeles

      Jul 3, 2021 at 12:06 pm

      So only single parents with 2 jobs put effort in. Phil owns multiple golf courses and is currently building others. He has 3 kids himself and a career that requires him to travel around the world. He also has a foundation that helps communities as well. Sounds to me the guy has a lot on his plate. So maybe it did require “effort” to get there. Think next time, you have no idea what other’s have going on

    • gwelfgulfer

      Jul 4, 2021 at 1:38 pm

      Funny how two “different” posters said the same thing…

  8. Philthethrill

    Jul 2, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    The article was a great display of lazy reporting. Copying an article from 20 years ago. Take some pride in your job. What was the new angle?

  9. Bo

    Jul 2, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Seriously, Phil has made tens of millions per year from golf and its fans, and reporters need to show him appreciation??? Get over yourself, Phil. Seriously, dude!

    • geohogan

      Jul 6, 2021 at 1:43 pm

      Insider trading, gambling with known mafia connections
      next Phil will claim its a ” witch hunt”

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Report: PGA Tour winner latest player to sign with LIV Golf

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Another PGA Tour winner is headed to LIV Golf.

According to The Telegraph, Colombian Sebastian Munoz has agreed to a deal with the rival circuit. Munoz adds to the growing list of Spanish speaking players on LIV including Joaquin Niemann, Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Mito Pereira and Eugenio Chacarra.

Munoz has previously won the Sanderson Farms Championship and has six additional top-5 finishes on the PGA Tour.

At the time of his signing, the 30-year-old was ranked 90th in the Official World Golf Rankings. Munoz is set to make his LIV Golf debut at Mayakoba on February 24-26.

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Bubba Watson says that he will beg Jay Monahan to play in this PGA Tour event

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Bubba Watson, who joined LIV Golf last year, is still hoping he can play in a PGA Tour event.

The two-time major champion plans to “beg” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to allow Watson and his son to play in next year’s PNC Championship, which is an event that consists of a father/son or father/daughter tandem with one professional on each team.

“My son, like I said, he doesn’t play golf, but now his whole goal was – I’ll put this out there, his whole goal was to play in the PNC, which is the parent-junior, and now I’m not allowed to play in it. As soon as I see Jay Monahan – if Jay Monahan is watching this, I’ll see you at Augusta and I’ll try to beg you to let us play the PNC again.”

Watson and the other LIV golfers who were previously exempt or top-50 in the world will still get a chance to compete in this year Masters Tournament, to which Bubba is grateful.

“I was very thankful that we get to go back to the Masters. Then LIV announced their schedule, so I won’t be able to go to the women’s tournament or the Drive, Chip & Putt with the kids because we’ll be in Orlando. But it’s one year, I’m going to definitely be in the ears of people at LIV and try to see if I can get back there because I want to support what the Masters means to the game of golf, what the membership of Augusta means to the game of golf, and I would love to be there for the Women’s Amateur and the kids on Sunday.”

The 44-year-old (along with all LIV players) is currently suspended from the PGA Tour but will make his first start since the PGA Championship in May of 2022 at this week’s Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club after missing time with a torn meniscus.

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Patrick Reed issues statement following rules controversy in Dubai

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On his way to finishing runner-up at last week’s Dubai Desert Classic, Patrick Reed found himself caught up in two incidents of note.

The first, widely nicknamed ‘Tee Gate’ saw a pre-event spat between Reed and the world number one and tournament favourite Rory McIlroy, resulting in the former Masters winner lobbing a LIV-branded tee in his opponent’s direction. Little were they aware that it would take a birdie at each of the final two holes for McIlroy to overcome the most talked-about player in golf.

The second newsworthy episode involved Reed losing his ball up a tree on the 17th fairway, an escapade that resulted in a social media frenzy asking whether the ball found was, in fact, the correct ball and how several marshals identified it.

The DP World Tour’s statement at the time cleared Reed, stating that, “Using binoculars [the DP World Tour Chief Referee] joined the player in the area and asked him to identify his distinctive ball markings,” and “was satisfied that a ball with those markings was lodged in the tree.”

Video footage and players’ comments subsequently pointed to the ball flying into a different tee, but in Reed’s defence, he was likely to have been advised to the exact tree to look into, rather than guess himself.

He signed for a bogey five on the hole, a score that could have been one shot worse if having to reload on the tee box.

Reed himself sees the event much like most did the tee-peg incident – as something and nothing – and posted a statement to that effect on Twitter today:

With that all over, this week Reed returns to the Asian Tour for the Saudi International, where he meets up with much of his LIV counterparts in an event dominated by two-time champion Dustin Johnson.

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