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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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  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.

    • Smarter than Bob

      Jul 3, 2021 at 6:43 pm

      You’ve clearly never been to Detroit

    • 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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Bryson and Brooks among golfers spotted at Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder heavyweight classic



Last night offered up one of the greatest heavyweight boxing clashes of the modern era, with Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder completing their trilogy, and it was a fight that had several PGA Tour professionals gripped.

Bryson DeChambeau was one of those who wasn’t going to miss out on the epic clash, who posted his evening’s excitement to his Instagram stories.

Bryson was even asked for a prediction before the showdown, and the 28-year-old backed Tyson Fury, who eventually would prevail in the 11th round with a knockout victory.

Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau, and Ian Poulter were also at the fight, all posting to their Instagram, with DJ’s fiancee Paulina even capturing the knockout punch.


As it turns out, last night’s victor Tyson Fury also has an impressive golf swing, as you can see from the video below of him piping a drive over 300 yards.


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Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the cards for Tyson?

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7 pieces of golf art you’ll want to hang on your office wall today



We hope you find this list valuable, GolfWRXers! All products were independently selected by GolfWRX staff. We may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Prices are accurate and items in stock as of publication!

1. An incredible assembly of six golf patent prints

The industrial coolness of any patent drawing makes for a fine wall-hanging. Extra points for the blueprint-like presentation, and all the better when it’s golf-related.

Notable review: “Looks great with white frame…perfect for a golf-themed office”

Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

2. A capture of an immortal golf moment: Tiger Woods‘ 2019 Masters win

The culmination of the “return to glory.” Woods in color (Sunday Red!) leaps out from the fans and course in black and white. Striking presentation of one of the dramatic pinnacles of the game.

Notable review: “Good quality canvas and photo. Got it for my husbands office and loves it!”

Get it from Amazon for $75.99.

3. A beautiful rendering of the development of the flatstick

GolfWRXers will debate the phases of evolution as presented (it’s what we do!), but this is an awesome concept and execution!

Get it from Amazon for $43.20 (20″ x 30″ print, other sizes available)

4. Lee Wybranski’s official Ryder Cup poster is a must-have (as are all Lee Wybranski championship works)

The go-to guy for official art of significant professional golf tournaments, Lee Wybranski was “gone-to” again for this fantastic commemorative piece. (Europeans will likely not be interested)

Get it from Amazon for $60.

5. This map of Augusta National in 1954 is a superb addition to any proud patron’s wall

Come for the rendering of 1954 ANGC, stay for the patron etiquette advice! “No matter how well you know a player, do not accost him on the golf course.”

Notable review: “Thick quality paper. Cool vintage vibe. Shipped in sturdy tube. Arrived days ahead of schedule.
Pricey for the size, but I am happy with the purchase. I put it in an inexpensive bronze frame and it looks really really good. Great conversation piece!”

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

6. Greats of the game presented in vibrant colors

If you have a room that needs some color — and golf — look no further.

Get it from Amazon for $165 (framed!)

7. You’ve heard of “Dogs playing poker”…

…meet “Dogs playing golf.”

Get it from Amazon for $9.99

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Tiger Woods photographed back on golf course with son Charlie



It’s been a while since we’ve had an update on Tiger Woods’ rehabilitation after his single-car accident earlier this year, but on Saturday, two photographs emerged which show the 15-time major champion’s recovery seemingly going very well.

The post, widely shared by TWLegion, shows Woods watching his son Charlie on the course with now just a sleeve on his right leg and with a club in hand.

The photos have thrilled golf fans, with many now buoyed into believing a comeback is very much on the cards. Eagle-eyed supporters even caught sight of Charlie’s Puma golf shoes, with some joking that he’s been spending too much time in Rickie Fowler’s company!

At the Ryder Cup, Captain Steve Stricker told media that Woods’ focus was on making a playing comeback again, and this update looks to have provided even more encouragement that the 82-time PGA Tour winner may well do just that.

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