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Journalist who exposed Mickelsons’ Saudi views says he’s ‘surprised’ the sponsors are fleeing Lefty

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The biggest story of the 2022 PGA Tour season thus far has been Phil Mickelson’s connection to and comments about the Saudi breakaway league that has been rumored.

After Phil accused the Tour of “obnoxious greed” in addition to some other controversial comments, the fallout has been devastating for the six time major champion.

Alan Shipnuck recently wrote a book about the 51 year old, titled “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar”. In a recently released excerpt of the book, Phil said that the Saudi Arabian’s were “scary motherf*****s to get involved with.”

After the comments were made public, Mickelson said he was “deeply sorry” about the comments he made. He also claimed that the comments were made “off the record” and “shared out of context and without my consent.”

Since the quotes were released, Mickelson has lost a number of sponsors including KPMG, Callaway, Workday, and Amstel Light.

However, the loss of sponsorships has surprised Shipnuck:

The comments below the tweet were mixed, but most of the twitter users seemed to disagree that the reaction to “Lefty’s”comments have gone overboard.

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  1. Woke WRX Staffer Runner

    Mar 20, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    Where’s Shipnucklehead?

  2. Woke WRX Staffer

    Mar 10, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    Who cares? The hypocrisy of piling on people who have money.

    Go and get yours fool!

  3. concerned fan

    Mar 4, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    It is utterly amazing how the entire golf world and especially his fellow tour pros have jumped on the anti-Phil bandwagon. He made some errors here but let’s be realistic and fair about this.

    All the Tiger fan boys such as JT, Rory, Couples and pretty much the world, consistently give Tiger a free pass. 3 TIMES he has gotten behind the wheel impaired/under the influence, endangering the lives of innocent people and not showing any remorse and zero explanations most of the time. On top of that, for most of his career, he has not been known as a nice guy, not fan friendly, a horrific husband and not the most charitable.

  4. Uncle Fester

    Mar 3, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    This is all because the PGA tour is afraid of competition, like all modern crony corps. It’s insane!

  5. Henry R Fitzgerald

    Mar 2, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    Still surprised? Moron!

  6. Shad Goldston

    Mar 2, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    If you think what Phil did is ANYWHERE as bad as what that Adulterous, man-slut, Tiger did…you have no moral compass. Cancel culture is out of control.

  7. golfman

    Mar 1, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    Phil is the man. Does not need those junk sponsors anyway. #cancelcallaway

    • Hulieo Aeglesis

      Mar 2, 2022 at 7:07 pm

      AGREE! Phil SHOULD tell the PGA and corporate America to “suck it”. It has been my view for 50 years that the following motto I COINED is a FACT. “Corporate America, we accentuate the negative to achieve the positive”… YEPPERS baby!!

  8. Kcuf Cancelculture

    Mar 1, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Quick, “stand with Ukraine” Phil!!! Its the only way to save your career!!!!

    • Henry R Fitzgerald

      Mar 1, 2022 at 3:48 pm

      What a dumb comment! Learn some world history.

      • HisMomNamedHimHenryLMAO

        Mar 2, 2022 at 1:00 am

        Careful Kcuf, that wrong think will get you beat up by the honorable Henry R Fitzgerald.

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  10. Henry R Fitzgerald

    Feb 28, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Alan Shipnucklehead is not a journalist, he’s another media hack who couldn’t hack it as a legit journalist.

    He needed to dump on Mickelson to be relevant. I do believe when Mickelson says it was off the record, but I still believe it was a boneheaded comment.

  11. Henry R Fitzgerald

    Feb 28, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Replace the Shank category with Shipnuck, they are two of the same.

  12. Henry R Fitzgerald

    Feb 28, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Is Shipnuck really that ignorant?

    Another media hack!

    All of you hypocrites. You didn’t have a problem when the PGA Tour gave convicted wife beater and crackhead, George Floyd, an honorary tee time. Spare me!

    • joe

      Mar 2, 2022 at 12:25 pm

      crack = death sentence. some people….pathetic.

      • Henry R Fitzgerald

        Mar 2, 2022 at 3:54 pm

        Tell that to the Woke PGA Tour who glorified crack usage by putting a criminal like George Floyd in the same category of a PGA Tour player.

        That’s pathetic!

  13. Henry R Fitzgerald

    Feb 28, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Is Shiprock really that ignorant?

    Another media hack!

    All of you hypocrites. You didn’t have a problem when the PGA Tour gave convicted wife beater and crackhead, George Floyd, an honorary tee time. Spare me!

  14. Lk

    Feb 28, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    Excellent point about Eldrick and Nike. But that’s Nike for you, a gangster company that continues to make junk in China for dirt cheap and then sells them all at 2000% in the Western world to idiots who buy those stupid shoes

  15. not phil

    Feb 28, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    “I mean, Tiger went through the tawdriest sex scandal of the Internet age and Nike stood by his side.”

    from the original interview/”leak” of phils comments i knew this guy chipmunk was a total loon. comparing phil trashing all of his employers and sponsors to a bad personal event….

    someone needs to give that useless ret4rd a journalism gold medal for this, maybe even an emmy or an oscar

  16. Tom

    Feb 28, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Barclays is dirty Saudi and Ukrainian money. They’ll stand by him.

    • geohogan

      Mar 4, 2022 at 3:21 pm

      @tom
      Barclay’s funded Trump with money laundered by the Russian oligarchs

      “Putin is playing [President Joe] Biden like a drum and it’s not a pretty thing to watch..” said Trump.

      Truth is the Russians played Trump.
      “Whose your Daddy”, Putin asked, The Donald in Helsinki.

    • geohogan

      Mar 4, 2022 at 7:12 pm

      Barclays is laundered Russian oligarch money. We know who they stand by.

      • FIGJAM

        Mar 4, 2022 at 11:36 pm

        Bingo

      • Woke WRX Staffer

        Mar 10, 2022 at 3:20 pm

        Who cares? The hypocrisy of piling on people who has money.

        Go and get yours fool!

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The hilarious reason why Kevin Kisner asked to sit the afternoon at the 2017 Presidents Cup

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Golf is changing, as always.

While the best of the team events – the Ryder and Presidents Cup – give rookies the chance to shine, both events often rely on the experienced players to steady the ship through the early stages.

This week’s Presidents Cup is the 12th run-out of the U.S v International match-up, and the first since 2019.

The 2021 event was, of course, cancelled because of Covid and the teams look very different to how they may have looked a year ago, mainly because of the ineligibility of any players that have chosen the LIV path for their recent careers.

Played at Quail Hollow this season, the teams are a mix of the plainly obvious and those with zero experience, with 14 of the 24 players making their debuts in the event, including world number one Scottie Scheffler and Max Homa, winner of the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s often best to turn to the older members for the stories, and 38-year-old Kevin Kisner has never been short of a tale or two.

With an enviable record at the World Matchplay – one win and two finals appearances in six starts – Kiz appears the type to thrive at all aspects of the team challenge. However, back on his 2017 Presidents Cup debut, he wanted to be left off the roster for day three.

His event started brightly for the rookie, when playing alongside Phil Mickelson, a Thursday half in the foursomes followed by a win in the following day’s fourballs.

Day three again started well for the pairing, beating Jhonattan Vegas and Emiliano Grillo 2&1 and taking their record to 2-1-0, before that strange request.

Golf writer Brentley Romine posted a tweet on Thursday revealing that Kisner approached the then U.S captain Steve Stricker and asked for Saturday afternoon off, because:

“Because Georgia played Tennessee. Strick is like. ‘Seriously?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, man, that’s my squad.'”

This is not the first time that golf took a back-seat to a Bulldog game.

In the same year, while competing at the Tour Championship, Kisner took to social media to arrange a flight to a Georgia-Mississippi game, eventually finishing tied third at the lucrative season finale.

The mid-event break clearly does him good as he also profited at Liberty National, halving his Sunday singles game with Anirban Lahiri and keeping intact an undefeated record as his team thrashed the Internationals 19-11.

Kisner didn’t take part in the opening day of this year’s Presidents Cup and there is no knowing whether he will play when Davis Love requires him to. Better check the football schedule first.

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‘It’s a slap in the face’ – Patrick Reed hits out at DP World Tour over treatment at latest events

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This week, Patrick Reed is playing in the Cazoo Open De France at Le Golf National. The course is where the 2018 Ryder Cup was held. The European Team won the trophy, and Reed was only able to muster one point in three matches.

This week however, Patrick Reed was the betting favorite entering play. Despite being somewhat of a regular on the DP World Tour, Reed feels as though the treatment he’s received this week has been “a slap in the face”.

Reed is by far the biggest name in the field, but wasn’t asked to play in the pro-am or conduct a pre-tournament press conference. Of course, this treatment is a result of the 33 year old’s decision to join LIV Golf.

According to The Telegraph, Reed told Journal du Golf: “It’s a slap in the face not to invite me to do a press conference here, or as happened in Wentworth, not to have me play the pro-am and all those things. At the end of the day, it’s just my golf that I have control over. I’m here to support the Tour, France and all the people who are here.”

“But I don’t see why we can’t move from the LIV to the European Tour like we usually move from the PGA Tour to the European Tour. A lot of players understand and support my choice and have nothing against me. I didn’t feel any animosity against me from them.”

While there have been some players who have publicly stated they have no issues with the players who’ve chosen to go to LIV, there have also been a number of players who have done the opposite.

LIV golfers are currently able to participate on the DP World Tour due to a temporary court order until it is resolved legally. A decision on their eligibility going forward is expected to be given in February.

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Congress members blast ‘pimp’ Greg Norman in meeting at Capitol Hill

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On Wednesday, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman met with members of congress to discuss LIV’s current dispute with the PGA TOUR.

It didn’t go very well.

According to multiple sources, Republican Tim Burchett of Tennessee walked out of the meeting due to an inability to understand Norman due to his accent as well as the “propaganda” he felt Norman was sharing.

Burchett later sent a tweet himself about the meeting with “The Shark”.

Burchett wasn’t the only member of congress to give Norman a hard time.. Chip Roy of Texas said to reporters of the meeting: “Don’t come in here and act like you’re doing some great thing, while you’re pimping a billion dollars of Saudi Arabian money,”

It’s unclear whether or not any of the lawmakers gave Norman the reception he was looking for, but he did later thank them for meeting with him via an Instagram post.

 

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