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Phil Mickelson drops an all-time tweet after claiming he won the $8 million PIP first-prize

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On Wednesday, Phil Mickelson claimed on social media that he was the PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program winner for 2021.

The first prize is $8 million out of a total prize pool of $40 million, and according to Phil, he edged out Woods, who bagged second place worth $6 million.

The news surprised many golf fans who expected Tiger to take home the top prize, with one user doubting the 51-year-old saying in response to Phil’s announcement: “In your dreams Phil! Tiger accomplishes that feat with 1 post.”

Mickelson, with an opportunity to show off his razor-sharp wit, did not disappoint in response, saying: “He got 2nd. I can empathize with that.”

Glorious.

While he’s still competing at (and winning) majors combined with his performance on social media, expect to see Phil in the mix for 2022’s PIP money too!

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Paul Runyan

    Jan 15, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Wonderful, I hope he donates it to St Judes!

  2. Pingback: John Daly says Bryson isn’t close to his prime long hitting for this reason – GolfWRX

  3. Steve

    Dec 30, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Giving the top guys even more money for fluffing their own social media currency is kinda stupid.

    • Drkviol801

      Jan 1, 2022 at 8:31 pm

      And the election wasn’t stolen. Nothing to see here folks, just keep moving.

      • Mike

        Jan 2, 2022 at 11:18 am

        Wow, let it go, bro. Are you unable to type a 13 word response w/o some type of political overtone?

      • Pat Perez' bestie drumpf

        Jan 2, 2022 at 11:13 pm

        But it wasn’t… At least, not the way you think so…

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Bryson DeChambeau reveals his distance goals for 2022

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Three weeks ago, a high-profile Cobra testing session involving both world number 8 Bryson DeChambeau and two-time World Long Drive champion Kyle Berkshire took place.

Whilst Berkshire clocked a record ball speed of 233.4, the ten-time winner wasn’t exactly disappointed with his own personal best of 221mph, and he believes this is coming to the PGA tour.

Promoting the upcoming Saudi International, the 2020 U.S Open winner commented,

“This year I’ll hit it even further. Once I get into some lower lofted heads that I’ll be getting this week or next week, you’ll be seeing some much longer drives.”

Clear leader in the driving distance stats on tour, many pundits question the pursuit of length to the possible detriment of the rest of his game, but Bryson isn’t to be tamed. He added:

“We’re getting close to having something that we can get working at 200mph ball speed that will work on tour. I’m super excited and happy with Cobra. We came to a bit of a sticking point last year but we’ve worked together and burst through that wall.”

Only 25th at the season opener, the Tournament of Champions, he withdrew from this week’s Sony Open with an injury to his left wrist, which had been ‘bothering me for about three or four weeks now.’

Bryson continued, ”All the speed training has definitely taken a toll on my muscular structure. Now, it’s got to a point where I’m putting so much speed and force into my wrist.”

With some driver-friendly events coming up, Bryson is going to see plenty more interest in his long game to begin 2022.

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‘Too invasive for me’ – Bryson snubs Netflix docuseries

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As reported yesterday, Netflix is currently filming a docuseries profiling some of the biggest names on the PGA TOUR.

However, Bryson DeChambeau will not be one of those big names.

In a virtual news conference on Thursday to promote the Saudi International, Bryson explained why he didn’t want to be a part of the series:

“There’s a lot of factors going on in that. One, there wasn’t a deal that was struck that was very well for my side of it. I love Netflix. I watch it. I have a great time with it. But just for me, it wasn’t right at the present moment.”

DeChambeau has been busy with his own content, releasing videos showing his insane ball and clubhead speeds and is approaching 900,000 followers on Instagram, and added to reporters on Thursday:

“They’re getting a pretty dang good look inside my life [from YouTube]. And to have more people come in and go even further, which is almost impossible for what I’m giving out, is just too invasive for me.

There’s a lot of great people on there. If I was to go on there, yeah, it would be cool to see, but I feel like there’s a lot more interesting stories. You’ve got Harry Higgs. You’ve got numerous others.” 

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Tour pro withdraws from Australian PGA after slicing hand mid-round

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After being postponed twice because of Covid, you would think the dominant story at the Australian PGA might be the first-round lead, held by world number 1387 Louis Dobbelaar.

However, in a bizarre incident Damien Jordan grabbed the headlines with a withdrawal, according to Australian Associated Press, due to ”slicing his hand trying to move a stake on the course.”

Full details are not clear as yet but Golf Australia’s editor, Jimmy Emanuel, first reported on the accident on Twitter, posting that Jordan “went to move a stake on course and sliced his hand the entire width from top to bottom. Quite heavy bleeding so off to see a doctor.”

At the event itself, Dobbelaar leads at 7-under and by one from Aaron Pike and Jediah Morgan with short-priced pre-event favourite, Min Woo Lee, just four behind.

Over at the accompanying WPGA event, Su Oh has a clear lead after the first round, being three shots clear at 5-under the card.

They all may ask their caddies to move boundary markers for the rest of the event.

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