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Phil Mickelson reveals the top 3 regrets of his career



Phil Mickelson has some incredible memories to look back on when he decides to hang up the club, but it hasn’t always been plain sailing for one of the fan favorites.

Lefty’s continuous cruel fortune at the U.S. Open down the years is just one of the hardships Mickelson has experienced in his illustrious career, but what about regrets?

A Golf Digest article this week by John Feinstein suggested that Mickelson ought to be a Captain’s pick at this year’s Ryder Cup despite some controversial moments at the event in the past, and it’s an editorial that has led Mickelson to reveal the top 3 regrets of his career.

Referring to the article, Mickelson listed his criticism of captains Tom Watson and Hal Sutton at the 2014 and 2004 Ryder Cups, respectively, along with hitting a moving putt at the 2018 U.S. Open as his 3 biggest regrets of his career.

In 2004, Mickelson criticized Sutton for failing to prepare his team, saying at the time: “It all starts with the captain. I mean, that’s the guy that has to bring together 12 strong individuals and bring out their best and allow them on a platform to play their best.”

Ten years later, Mickelson infamously gave a scathing assessment of Watson’s captaincy during the team press conference after the event, while at the 2018 U.S. Open, Lefty ran to hit a moving putt preventing it from falling down a false front which led to plenty of criticism.

As for the time Phil left a young Brooks Koepka hanging for an autograph (something which still irritates Brooks to this day)? Lefty had the perfect response!

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



  1. frank cichon

    Jul 11, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    I heard he is call called FIGJAM by some of his piers. Not too forthcoming with leaving out that he was NEVER #1 or that he never got the Grand Slam….I would bet either would rank #1 regret.

  2. Gunter Eisenberg

    Jul 8, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    C’mon…the tee shot at 18 at the 4th round of the 2006 US Open has got to be a shot he wants to do over again…

  3. Ben

    Jul 8, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    How about the drive or second shot at the 2006 US Open?

    • Shawn

      Jul 22, 2021 at 7:07 pm

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. Having a career Grand Slam that was totally in reach would have me gut wrenched.

  4. Jeff

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    I am happy to see that the regrets were things that made the game look bad, and not things that he did not achieve (not that there are many). Like all of us, he sometimes let emotion get ahead of his brain. It is good to see him own that.

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Greg Norman takes swipe at R&A on social media over Open Championship snub



Despite convincing nobody but himself that Greg Norman was going to play at the 150th Open Championship, the two-time champion has since stated that he is “disappointed with their (the R&A) decision.”

As continually confirmed by the ruling authorities, “The entry terms and conditions for The Open stipulate that a champion must be aged 60 or under or have won the championship in the previous 10 years to be exempt from qualifying. That remains the case for The 150th Open and we have no plans for any additional exemptions.”

At 67 years-of-age and with his last victory being 29-years ago, it would have taken an extraordinary turnaround from not only the rules committee, but also tradition, for him to get in.

However, demonstrating that he believed he was going to be offered a place, the Shark has taken a not so subtle swipe over the decision with a recent Instagram post from St. Andrews captioned:

“Prepping for no reason. But still one of my all time fav golf courses to play @thehomeofgolf.”


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In a recent interview with Sky Sports, the Aussie legend stays away from the current furore over the LIV golf series, stating his application “wasn’t anything else other than a sincere ask.”

“I’m a two-time Champion Golfer of the Year.” said Norman. “It is St Andrews, one of my favourite golf courses. I’ve always sung praises about the R&A my entire – being the champion golfer of the year, right, I’ve supported them as far as I could possibly support them as a representative of being the holder of the Claret Jug.”

He continued, “So I actually thought my son and I talked about this before I even came on board with LIV and I’ve spoken to, you know, former heads of R&As to understand ‘okay, what is the process?’ And I knew that they had changed the date. But I also know other players over the age of 60 have been given an exemption, right?”

Norman’s latest interviews confirm the feelings he showed when talking to Australian Golf Digest, when commenting, “I’m disappointed with their decision, particularly given it is The 150th Open. I have been a staunch proponent of the R&A since 1977 and a proud Champion Golfer of the Year–twice.”

The interview with Sky concludes this topic with his reasons behind the ambitious request in the first place:

“So hello duh it’s a simple writing a letter to Martin Slumbers asking: ‘Hey, as a two-time Open Champion Golfer of the Year. I love St. Andrews. I love to be there for that.’ It was a full 100% sincere ask.”

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Max Homa reveals his dream celebrity fourball group



Max Homa is fresh off his fourth victory on the PGA Tour, having seen off the challenge of Keegan Bradley to claim his second Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday.

The Californian has seen his star rise over the past few years, having just broken the top 30 in the Official World Golf Rankings while remaining one of the most popular players in the sport due to his humorous activity on social media.

This week, Homa was a guest on GolfWRX’s TG2 podcast where he spoke about a number of topics relating to his latest victory and his equipment setup.

The 31-year-old also got into his dream celebrity fourball, and it’s fair to say that the answers show just how big of a sporting fanatic he really is.

For those who follow Homa on Twitter, his opening choice of Green Bay Packer’s QB Aaron Rodgers will come as no surprise. The two good friends teamed up together at the 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and Rodgers even sent a congratulatory note on Twitter to Homa following his win on Sunday.

For his second selection, Homa turned to NBA star Steph Curry, who the golfer has repeatedly praised for his attempts to grow the game of golf, with the most recent being Curry’s introduction of a new junior golf tour.

Finally, Homa plumped for Tiger Woods, and when co-host Brian Knudson remarked that it was quite a group of talented golfers, the Wells Fargo champ stated: “You don’t want to be chasing golf balls all day.” Good point, Max.

Who would make your dream celebrity fourball, WRXers?

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Phil Mickelson’s latest Twitter activity suggests he’s not happy that he was ‘canceled’



Phil Mickelson is back on Twitter, and he appears to be less than pleased with his ‘cancelation’.

In his first Twitter activity since February, Mickelson liked a user’s tweet that was in response to a Clay Travis tweet.

Here is the original tweet from Clay Travis, which highlights that the NBA will be playing matches next year in the UAE, a country where homosexuality is punishable by death.

The response, which Lefty liked, was from Twitter user Brandon Jones who voiced his frustration over the uneven backlash Mickelson has received in comparison to the NBA.

The like has since been removed by Mickelson, or perhaps it was liked by mistake.

As an aside, the 51-year-old also surprisingly liked one other tweet on his return to the platform, a Yahoo report on the PGA Tour blocking the release of “rebels” Mickelson and Lee Westwood.

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