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Nobody is safe as Phil Mickelson goes on Twitter blocking spree

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Phil Mickelson has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons of late. After spending much of his career building a positive reputation as one of the good guys on Tour, that perception is now being tested.

It started by accusing the PGA Tour of “obnoxious greed” when explaining why he would be open to playing in the controversial Saudi Golf League. Mickelson is under the impression that the stars on the PGA Tour may not be earning enough of revenue being generated.

More recently however, “Lefty” claimed that Augusta National made $3.5 million from licensing his 2010 shot off the pine needles to the 13th green in an interview with Golf Digest.

The constant critique of the Tour that has made him one of the richest men in the history of sports has drawn some ire from both media and fans.

Over the weekend, Mickelson went on a Twitter blocking spree of anyone who has made (what he perceives as) negative comments about him.

This includes everyday fans, media members, and other young professional golfers.

 

 

Geoff Shackleford’s twitter page:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The list goes on and on. It will be interesting to see how this saga continues and whether it has a long-term impact on Mickelson’s legacy.

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  1. Pingback: Phil Mickelson’s latest Twitter activity suggests he’s not happy that he was ‘canceled’ – GolfWRX

  2. Henry R Fitzgerald

    Feb 26, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    So Phil called out the PGA Tour mafia, oh well.

    Phil is not the only one taking the Saudi money.

    The PGA Tour reserved a tee time for convicted wife beater and crackhead, George Floyd.

    The PGA Tour has zero moral high ground and they are a lousy organization.

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  6. Klaus

    Feb 18, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    Don’t be hard on Phil. He’s just prostate’tuting himself to the Saudis and taking one for team USA.

    Federal Reserve Petrodollars printed from nothing and backed by Saudi oil has to be repaid somehow.

  7. BJ

    Feb 18, 2022 at 8:55 am

    Right or wrong….I do love “petty, LOL Always makes me laugh.

    • geohogan

      Feb 27, 2022 at 8:47 am

      Thanks Donald;
      “So Putin is now saying, ‘It’s independent,’ a large section of Ukraine,” Trump continued. “I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s going to go in and be a peacekeeper. That’s the strongest peace force. We could use that on our southern border. That’s the strongest peace force I’ve ever seen.”

      He then called Putin a “very savvy” person whom he claimed to know “very, very well.”

  8. Robin Wiggins

    Feb 17, 2022 at 11:59 am

    What you have is a guy who started out a pretty decent fellow. Maybe a little cocky coming out of ASU and all, but cut down to size by so many failures in big tournaments. But as time went on and he learned to manage his emotions he eventually became a legend with the six majors. That, in addition to hundreds of millions in the bank, gives one the ability to surround themselves with yes men, those who reflect back upon you just what you want to hear (and they’re quite willing to do it because they want a piece of the action).

    In time, you come to believe the self-congratulatory lies. It is then that you become a big fat douchebag. I was there on the course that weekend in Tucson 32 years ago when a skinny amateur from Arizona State overcame a Saturday triple bogey and put it on the pros to win on the PGA Tour. Sad to see that kid turn into this. But it happens to so many who get a lot more power than their talents and worth warrant: think politicians and every tech oligarch. Phil has gone the way of Gates, Zuckerberg, Pelosi and Lindsey Graham. Lazy, fat and deluded by their own hubris.

  9. Figjam

    Feb 17, 2022 at 11:12 am

    Bunch of losers in these comments who have no idea how much money the “non profit” PGA tour makes/takes from players in the form of media rights

  10. Jason

    Feb 16, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Right Matt cause Phil owes everything to the PGA Tour, the fact is he’s a superstar who has no contractual obligation to the PGA Tour and can go where ever he wants, doesn’t make him a bad guy. Oh and if we need to politicize this, why is taking money from the Saudi’s so bad with all the crap America does around the world? We have no problem taking their oil but not their cash? You and the rest of the media are just in the PGA’s pocket

  11. TJ

    Feb 16, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    I wish I was on Twitter so I could give him a piece of my mind. Making nearly a billion dollars on the tour plus his “off course” pay, which he only got due to his position on the Tour and image. Folks stood by him in his insider trading issue, his collapse at Open, etc. I think he should dig his grave now. He’s toast

  12. John Krug

    Feb 16, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    Mickelson blocked me for criticizing him for playing in Saudi Arabia. Poor Phil must be short of money. Truly pathetic action on his part.

  13. Golffan

    Feb 16, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    No loss. Plenty of talent around to replace him.

  14. Max

    Feb 16, 2022 at 10:54 am

    PHILDO THE DILDO MAKING A MOVE ON MOVING DAY

  15. Frank

    Feb 16, 2022 at 10:52 am

    GO AWAY PHIL-LLIS!!!!!!

  16. BlockedbyPM

    Feb 16, 2022 at 12:29 am

    Phil is one of the greediest out there – and that’s saying something. Nothing more disgusting than when greedy, overly-wealthy people argue with each other.

    #.001%Problems

    After what the world has suffered the past 2 (+) years, they can all go to hell. Golf has become a parody.

  17. mike

    Feb 15, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    FIGJAM king, always been a douche

    • Frank

      Feb 16, 2022 at 10:50 am

      GO AWAY PHIL-LLIS!!!!!!

      • Frank

        Feb 16, 2022 at 10:55 am

        sorry…my reply is in wrong spot. Agree….FIGJAM is Queen douche.

    • Frank Phillips

      Feb 16, 2022 at 2:50 pm

      He should be in Federal Prison for insider trading to pay off his gambling debt(s).

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  19. Warner

    Feb 15, 2022 at 3:16 am

    I mean his behaviour is childish, but he isn’t that wrong. Imo the players are by far the main reason why you watch golf, so they should get atleast 75% of the revenue the whole pga cosmos makes. At lot more money should be spend on the korn ferry tour and lower tier competition, those guys are the future of the sport and even the top guys struggle way too hard to break even on pga latin america for example.

  20. Thomas

    Feb 14, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    I like you, Phil. But you’re acting like marie antoinette, a triggered little ***** who can’t look in the mirror. Where would you or your brother riding your coattails be without the PGA? Getting called out for kissing up to the Saudi head choppers is legit.

  21. Joey5Picks

    Feb 14, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    Phil seems to have a thin skin. He can whip up fictitious numbers like “$20 billion in media rights” and go scorched earth on The Tour, but not handled it when fans point out his hypocrisy regarding “obnoxious greed”.

    Either go to the Bonesaw League or don’t. Time to $h!t or get off the pot.

  22. MrHogan

    Feb 14, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    “After spending much of his career building a positive reputation as one of the good guys on Tour, that perception is now being tested.”

    Seriously? Phoney Phil proved what an A hole he really is the day he threw Tom Watson under the bus for losing the Ryder Cup. It’s always been about him. Let’s see if he shows up at his next PGA event and plays the victim. Let’s see if he ever gets called up for a Ryder Cup captaincy.

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16 LIV Golf pros threaten legal action against DP World Tour; DP World Tour responds

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16 LIV Golf players have threatened the DP World Tour with legal action after being banned from the Scottish Open and fined £100,000.

The 16 players will likely include Europeans such as Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer. In the letter obtained by “The Telegraph”, the players said that the Tour’s actions to ban and fine players “will have adverse consequences on the DP World Tour.”

The letter ‘implored’ the DP World Tour to “reconsider your recent penalties and sanctions” and rescind the fines and suspensions by 5pm on Friday. If the Tour doesn’t rescind the bans and fines by that time, the players will be taking immediate legal action. “If not, you will leave us with no choice but to employ the various other means and methods at our disposal to rectify these wrongs,” the letter states.

The letter also criticizes the DP World Tour’s decision to partner with the PGA TOUR for the Scottish Open and Barracuda Championship. Due to their alliance, some DP World Tour players have been forced out of the Scottish Open to make room for PGA Tour players. Therefore, some DP World Tour players will have to fly to Kentucky to play for a smaller purse in the week before the 150th Open Championship.

Additionally, the 16 players criticized the DP World Tour’s new deal with the PGA Tour that will see the top 10 players on the Race to Dubai rankings earn PGA Tour cards.

“That the DP World Tour top performers will now earn PGA Tour cards serves only to solidify the DP World Tour as second fiddle to the PGA Tour and depletes the DP World Tour’s top rising talent even further”.

Full letter here:

“In Mr Pelley’s latest communication, he uses the statement that every action in life comes with a consequence. We agree, and we are concerned that the actions of the Tour against us, LIV Golf, and golf in general will have adverse consequences on the DP World Tour, a tour and an organisation that, despite our recent interactions, we care deeply for.

“The intention of this letter is not to further divide us, but to respond to Tour statements and to pose questions that the Tour should answer and we should discuss in detail. Instead of spending our time, energy, financial resources, and focus on appeals, injunctions, and lawsuits, we would implore you, the custodians of the DP World Tour, to reconsider your recent penalties and sanctions, and instead focus our energies on forging a path forward that is better for the DP World Tour members and the game of golf.

“To this end, we ask that you rescind your fines and suspensions by 5:00 pm on Friday, July 1, 2022. In addition, we represent over 5 percent of the DP World Tour membership and, under its articles of association, we ask you to convene a meeting of Tour membership to discuss these important matters further. If not, you will leave us with no choice but to employ the various other means and methods at our disposal to rectify these wrongs.

“We appreciate that the argument being put forward is that the ‘strategic alliance’ with the PGA Tour will provide overall benefit to DP World Tour members – hence the competitive threat to the PGA Tour being treated differently when it comes to releases and other matters.

“To begin with, we do not accept that protecting the PGA Tour through this alliance could in any way justify this disparate treatment. Even if it could, what are these benefits? This a question we have asked for many months.

“Thus far, the option to play the Barracuda Championship instead of the Scottish Open doesn’t appear to be one that benefits the membership at all. Ultimately, approximately 40 DP World Tour members who would have been eligible for the Scottish Open on the DP World tour will now not be eligible, and instead will only have the option to go and play on the PGA Tour in Kentucky the week before The Open, for less money but at a higher cost to participate.

“In addition, PGA Tour players have been encouraged to play the Scottish Open through a stipend to cover travel costs, but the same benefit is not afforded to DP World Tour members?! That the DP World Tour top performers will now earn PGA Tour cards serves only to solidify the DP World Tour as second fiddle to the PGA Tour and depletes the DP World Tour’s top rising talent even further. And without regard to whether this collaboration is lawful, would this collaboration be happening without LIV Golf entering the market?”

In response, the DP World Tour released this statement on Friday morning:

“There has been a leak to the media of a letter we received on behalf of a number of LIV Golf players which contains so many inaccuracies that it cannot remain unchallenged.

“Before joining LIV Golf, players knew there would be consequences if they chose money over competition. Many of them at the time understood and accepted that. Indeed, as one player named in the letter said in a media interview earlier this year; ‘If they ban me, they ban me.’ It is not credible that some are now surprised with the actions we have taken.

“The letter claims that these players ‘care deeply’ for the DP World Tour. An analysis of the past participation statistics on our Tour in recent years of several of the leading players named, suggests otherwise.

“One player in particular named in the note has only played six Rolex Series events in the past five years. Another one, only four. I wish many of them had been as keen to play on our Tour then as they seem to be now, based on the fact they have either resigned their membership of the PGA TOUR or, if they are still in membership, have been suspended indefinitely.

“Furthermore, given how deeply these players say they care about the DP World Tour, perhaps some of them could have played in Ireland this week in support of our new title sponsor, in particular one player who gave us a signed commitment to play at Mount Juliet.

“With that player currently in action at Pumpkin Ridge, you can imagine the allegation in the letter that we are in the wrong, is hard to accept.

“We also take great exception to an allegation made near the end of the letter which states we are somehow playing ‘second fiddle’ to the PGA TOUR. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“We held a player meeting in Ireland on Tuesday where we outlined in great detail all the many benefits of our expanded relationship with the PGA TOUR.

“One of those is an unprecedented ten cards on offer to the PGA TOUR, cards that many of the players named in this letter desperately wanted to attain in the early stages of their careers. Why now be critical of those trying to do the same?

“The letter also expresses supposed concern about the future of the DP World Tour. Rest assured no-one should have any worries on that score.

“The DP World Tour is a vibrant, independent and global Tour with increasing and guaranteed prize fund growth over the next five years. We have fantastic tournaments across the year including a host of wonderful national Opens, all played in front of huge crowds, illustrated perfectly by this week’s Horizon Irish Open.

“Finally, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on any potential legal matters.

“I will simply reiterate that our Members’ Regulations which have been in force for more than 30 years, have been accepted by all the players, are there to protect all of our members, and we will use them to take all necessary steps to protect their interests.

“The sanctions for those members who knowingly broke our rules by playing at the Centurion Club without a release are proportionate, fair and, I believe, considered necessary by the majority of our members.”

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Phil Mickelson makes a couple of interesting equipment changes for LIV Golf’s Portland event

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For many years, golf fans watched Phil Mickelson using what may have been one of the shortest putters on tour, but while he won the PGA Championship with his trusty Odyssey Milled Blade “Phil Mickelson” he’s been tinkering with the length for a while.

Last September at the Fortinet Championship, Phil was spotted with a new, extended, grip on the flat stick, allowing him to create an ‘arm-lock’ style that made him feel as if, “I’ll get on a roll and just start making a lot.”

So to this week’s LIV tournament at Pumpkin Ridge, and the six-time major winner is experimenting once again.

Twitter’s ‘Phil Mickelson Tracker’ posted a photo of his extended putter with the one-word exclamation “#Armlock!”

The replies were mostly positive, suggesting it can only help the three-time Masters champion improve past some poor putting stats. Indeed, since a standout gain of over 12 shots putting at Kiawah Island, Lefty has lost strokes to the field in nine of his last 12 recorded starts, with his worst performance being a loss of over ten shots at the BMW Championship last August. No wonder he lobbed on the extra rubber at Napa.

With his Callaway deal on hold, Mickelson has also made a change in his wedges.

Lefty has a Ping Eye2 wedge in the bag this week, with the model being an Eye2 XG (a reproduction of the original Eye 2 but with 2010 conforming grooves) which he has used occasionally since 2014. 

Mickelson sits T30 after the opening day’s action in Portland, after shooting a disappointing round of 3 over par on Thursday.

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Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia’s personal relationship has reportedly turned toxic

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In 2014 Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia were the so-called ‘dream team’ of the Ryder Cup.

The pair totted up a combined total of 5-and-a-half points of the 16-and-a-half won by the victorious European team, beating the pairing of Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan in the second day foursomes before both winning their singles.

Their relationship was so solid that McIlroy was honored to be an usher at Garcia’s wedding in 2017, but recently it’s all gone sour, with Golf Monthly reporting a “complete deterioration” of the relationship.

A week ago, it was widley reported that the Spaniard had told his Northern Irish friend that they were now “finally getting paid what we deserve,” a comment that received the reply, “Sergio. We’re golfers. We don’t deserve to be paid anything.”

According to Golf Monthly, the relationship has now “turned personal,” with the world number three unhappy that his old friend has dedicated himself to the Saudi-backed tour, putting the selection process for the Ryder Cup into confusion. The rhetoric between the two is reported to be “bitter and personal.”

At the Wells Fargo Championship in May, as he was hacking out of the rough after a ruling, Garcia was heard muttering, “I can’t wait to leave this tour,” before being confirmed as one of the initial participants of the LIV Golf Series.

Whilst it is unclear exactly what the sanctions are with regards to the Ryder Cup 2023, the way the PGA and DP Tours are moving, there is a distinct possibility that LIV players will be seriously affected – though Garcia has made clear that he wants to be a part of it.

At a press conference before the inaugural LIV event at the Centurion Club, Garcia stated, “I haven’t resigned from the European Tour because I would like to still be a member. I’m European, I love the European Tour. I played it for 23 years. Obviously we’re going to have to wait and see what the European Tour does. But I definitely would like to keep my membership and get my chance to make the Ryder Cup team because I love that event. But we’ll wait and see what happens over there.”

Whilst recent LIV press conferences on site have caused their own controversy, Garcia has prompted his own backlash.

After reportedly delivering an anti-DP World Tour rant at the BMW International in Germany last week, Golf Monthly reports that one tour player commented:

“They (LIV players) all think they are untouchable, and they all think the tours can’t do anything. I think they’re all about to realize they’re wrong. It is short sighted to think regulations can’t change and that there isn’t a lot of ill-feeling towards them. I think they’ve miscalculated quite dramatically.

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