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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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19 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.

    • 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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Augusta National is… hiring a bartender?

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Iconic golf club and host site of the Masters, Augusta National, is in fact hiring, although it is not the type of job we were expecting! That’s right, a recent advertisement is calling for… a bartender.

The ideal candidate must be able to, “provide members and guests with the finest food and drink accompanied by attentive and gracious service, while maintaining the strict confidentiality of all club business.” Sounds about right.

Experience wise, one year of bartending experience is required as well as a high school diploma or equivalent. Other vacancies at the club include a Front Desk Assistant, Cook, and Housekeeper, just to name a few.

 

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Check out how the contents of pro’s bags have changed through the years

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As technology continues to improve in golf equipment, it is no surprise to see that PGA Tour professionals have adapted and made changes to the contents of their golf bags throughout the years.

Check out this post from @sms_on_tour , who tracked the average clubs used by players over the last 15 Opens, to see what types of clubs have become more popular over the last 15 years.

There are a few major takeaways. Firstly, pro golfers seem to be carrying more wedges these days. Phil Mickelson raised eyebrows when he first experimented with carrying four wedges, yet over the last 15 years, we have seen a steady and progressive trend towards many Tour pros deploying a similar approach.

Secondly, there’s been a clear increase in hybrids/utility irons at the expense of regular 2-irons and 3-irons. In theory, this is not surprising given the technological increases and general playability of today’s top hybrids and driving irons. With that being said, Ben Hogan must be turning over in his grave!

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2021 Evian Championship: Full Viewer’s Guide

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The 2021 Evian Championship takes center stage this week, with the Evian Resort Golf Club in France set to host the fourth major of the year.

Ahead of the event, here’s a rundown of all the coverage which you can tune in for from Thursday, as well as the betting odds and course history.

2021 Evian Championship: Full Viewer’s Guide

2021 Evian Championship TV schedule (All times ET)

Thursday

5-7 a.m., 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Golf Channel

Friday

5-7 a.m., 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Golf Channel

Saturday

5:30-8:30 a.m.: Golf Channel

8:30-11 a.m.: CNBC

Sunday

5:30-8:30 a.m.: Golf Channel

8:30-11 a.m.: CNBC

Purse

$4.5 million

Host Course

Playing at 6,523 yards, the Evian Resort Golf Club will host the fourth major of the year for the first time since 2019. Here’s a look at the last 5 winners of the event:

  • 2019: Ko Jin-young
  • 2018: Angela Stanford
  • 2017: Anna Nordqvist
  • 2016: Chun In-gee
  • 2105: Lydia Ko

Betting Favorites

Courtesy of BetOnline.ag

  • Nelly Korda 9/1
  • Jin Young-Ko 10/1
  • Hyo Joo-Kim 14/1
  • Inbee Park 14/1
  • Sei Young Kim 16/1
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