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Zach Johnson absolutely stonewalls reporter who wants to know his thoughts on Mickelson

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Newly announced Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson was asked some challenging questions about Phil Mickelson at his introductory press conference yesterday.

With all of the controversy surrounding Mickelson at the moment, it is no surprise that Johnson was faced with some difficult questions regarding the star.

Somewhat predictably, “ZJ” refused to take the bait. He repeatedly stonewalled reporters, particularly Sky Sports journalist Jamie Weir, on any questions asked about Mickelson, but refused to rule out the involvement of Lefty in his plans for the 2023 event.

When asked about whether Phil could potentially be named an assistant captain for the 2023 Ryder Cup in Italy, Johnson said: “Well I’ll say this, Phil Mickelson is a friend of mine on and off the golf course, and um, I’m going to leave it at that.”

There were plenty of follow up questions, all of which were cleverly danced around by Johnson.

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  1. Pingback: Zach Johnson gets revenge on controversial golf analyst over 15-year-old insult – GolfWRX

  2. Jbone

    Mar 10, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Didn’t we (the USA) just beg Saudi for more oil production the other day? But Phil is the villain uh huh

  3. Phul

    Mar 8, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Wow, I never knew about about Zach, what a stud!

  4. Hair Club for Zach

    Mar 7, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    I guess the hair implants fried his brain.

  5. Phil is My Hero

    Mar 5, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Phil is the man! He exposed the hypocrisy of the PGA Tour and paid the price.

    Unlike Johnson, Phil is not a coward!

  6. Paul VL

    Mar 3, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    Great job Zach. Don’t take the bait.

    • Paul VL isn't too bright...

      Mar 5, 2022 at 10:17 pm

      Asking a question about one of the biggest stories in golf isn’t “bait” you moron…

      • Jbone

        Mar 10, 2022 at 3:37 pm

        Sure, it is. They are they expecting him to take shots at Phil

  7. King Kong Bundy

    Mar 2, 2022 at 11:11 am

    Zach has a great head of hair now! Looks great!

  8. Remy

    Mar 2, 2022 at 11:06 am

    It’s a delicate situation and the facts are not all known. It was a responsible answer from a well respected person. Anything else would have been inappropriate.

    • John

      Mar 2, 2022 at 11:41 am

      Delicate? Are you 5?
      The facts are well known.

      • shad goldston

        Mar 2, 2022 at 1:20 pm

        if you think what Phil has done is anywhere close to what Tiger did…you have absolutely no moral compass. Phil was leveraging, tiger was just a piss poor human being

      • Remy

        Mar 2, 2022 at 3:50 pm

        Well, I don’t consider an excerpt of an “unauthorized” biography as well known facts.

        And, I’m pretty sure ZJ isn’t looking to lose any sponsors over comments about a controversial situation. So yes, I’d say delicate is a perfect adjective.

  9. John

    Mar 2, 2022 at 10:55 am

    The typical soundbite response from the good ole boys club.
    sad…

    • A. Commoner

      Mar 4, 2022 at 9:01 am

      You are so right. The ‘entitled’ are a leading cause of indigestion.

  10. Gunter Eisenberg

    Mar 1, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    ZJ would be great in politics.

    • gunter da täuschen

      Mar 6, 2022 at 9:07 am

      Yeah, a cookservative through and through…

  11. Tom

    Mar 1, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    Nepotist coward response.

    • Brooksy

      Mar 2, 2022 at 1:26 pm

      Could you elaborate on how this is nepotist? I think you were looking for enabler or cronyism.

  12. Henry R Fitzgerald

    Mar 1, 2022 at 8:35 am

    Cowardice is not a Captain’s attribute Johnson.

    Answer the question!

    • Joe Bloe

      Mar 2, 2022 at 12:28 pm

      you’re really something. why don’t you go comment on Fox news or Yahoo forum. Clown.

      • Henry R Fitzgerald

        Mar 2, 2022 at 3:57 pm

        Don’t get triggered Joe, lol….

        Too sensitive? Come on man!

      • Henry R Fitzgerald

        Mar 2, 2022 at 3:59 pm

        You should change your fake name to ‘Joe Woke’

        Hahahaha! Poor baby!

    • Fitzgerald is a coward

      Mar 4, 2022 at 9:28 am

      The reporter is asking the same question three times…. he is beating a dead horse at this point. Talking about Phil anymore is pointless lets move on. ZJ has a job to do and its not answering questions about Phil. It is not cowardice. It’s a wise move to say nothing keep the focus on the the Ryder Cup. If it was a press conference about Phil than the questions should be answered but it’s not so the question shouldn’t have been asked in the first place. The shame should be placed on the reporter for asking stupid questions.

      • Saw stoopid things like ya knowz it

        Mar 5, 2022 at 10:15 pm

        It was cowardice, ZJ hasn’t been relevant in 15 years, shouldn’t have been picked RC Capt… Pure jokes, like you…

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‘They’re gone’ – Aussie pro says Cam Smith and fellow countryman have joined LIV

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Despite no LIV events being on this week, the breakaway tour continues to make headlines.

According to Australian golfer Cameron Percy, both Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman have now signed contracts to join LIV Golf.

In an interview with RSN radio, which is a station based in Australia, Percy claimed that both of the Australian star’s departure from the PGA TOUR is a done deal.

It’s been rumored since the Open Championship that the winner of the Claret Jug, Cameron Smith would be joining LIV for somewhere around $110-125 million.

Percy also mentioned that Adam Scott could be joining as well. It’s likely that LIV would be looking to make an Australian team built around Smith, Scott and Leishman.

“Unfortunate, yeah, they’re gone (Smith, Leishman)” Percy said.

“I had a long conversation with Adam Scott and he was very interesting talking to about it, just where it is. He said he met with these guys (LIV) in 2017 (and) they were ready (to) do all this. So, the Tour has known for a long time that this stuff’s in the works.

“The more and more you look into it, some people don’t care, some people have got a conscience and do care.

“It really comes down to, you know, they just executed 80 people this week, just chopped their heads off. They’re not the nicest people in the world.

“Do you just look past that and go, ‘Oh well, I’m rich I don’t really care’. It’s a tough one, it really is.”

With all indications appearing as if the Champion Golfer of the Year has left the PGA TOUR for LIV, there is no doubt he is the most consequential addition for Greg Norman thus far.

The 28-year-old is in the prime of his career and is ranked number two in both the Official World Golf Rankings and the FedEx Cup standings.

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PGA Tour accuses LIV rebels filing a lawsuit to play FedEx Cup of ‘fabricating an emergency’

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The ‘LIV 11’ lawsuit was always going to make public the internal rows and wrangling between players, organizers and the various tours.

Amongst the 11, three players – Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford – are seeking a TRO (temporary restraining order) in order to be able to play the FedEx Cup events, starting on Thursday.

As reported last week, the complaint from the LIV players alleges that being denied access to the FedEx Cup Playoffs not only would prevent Gooch, Swafford and Jones from playing in those events but “also cripples their chances of qualifying for both the Majors and the Tour’s premier invitationals in future seasons. The punishment that would accrue to these players from not being able to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs is substantial and irreparable, and a temporary restraining order is needed to prevent the irreparable harm that would ensue were they not to be able to participate.”

The PGA Tour yesterday issued its response to the accusation, the 30-plus page document stating that “the TRO plaintiffs waited nearly two months to seek relief from the court, “fabricating an emergency they now maintain requires immediate action.”

The PGA Tour continues:

“Despite knowing full well that they would breach Tour Regulations and be suspended for doing so, plaintiffs have joined competing golf league LIV Golf, which has paid them tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to procure their breaches. TRO plaintiffs now run into court seeking a mandatory injunction to force their way into the Tour’s season-ending FedExCup Playoffs, an action that would harm all Tour members that follow the rules. The antitrust laws do not allow Plaintiffs to have their cake and eat it too.”

The tour uses several statements from the plaintiffs in its defence.

When asked if he knew the tour would ban him from the tour for playing without a conflicting event-release, Jones said, “you’ve got to expect” it and acknowledged the possibility of never playing on the PGA Tour again after his suspension. “I did come to this [LIV] series and this tournament with the understanding that could be the case.”

The tour also argues against Gooch’s statement at the Open Championship that he only intended to play a single LIV event before getting suspended, the tour believing that he was intending to play more than the inaugural event at the Centurion Club.

Alongside those objections, the PGA Tour object to the accusation of pressuring sponsors to cancel existing deals with LIV players, that it enlisted the more experienced players, such as Tiger Woods, to intimidate players from joining, and that it colluded with the DP World Tour in its reaction to the defections.

The document ends, “For the foregoing reasons, the PGA Tour respectfully requests that the court deny TRO.”

Elliot Peters of Keker, Van Nest & Peters, representing the PGA Tour, confirmed the stance being taken by the leading tour.

“The players’ participation in the LIV league is in violation of the PGA Tour’s Handbook and Tournament Regulations,” he stated.

“For enormous sums of cash supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, Plaintiffs willfully breached their agreements with the PGA Tour. The players’ purported harm is entirely self-induced. We will litigate this case vigorously to preserve the reputation of the PGA Tour and protect the benefits it offers to players.”

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‘Grow the game? Bullsh*t. They paid me a lot of money’ – Feherty on reasons why he joined LIV

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In the past few months, the golfers who’ve chosen to join LIV Golf have faced extreme criticism by media, fans and fellow players.

The fact that the money is being sourced by the Saudi Government has been one of the main points of contention as well as the fact the events feel like more of an exhibition than a professional golf event.

However, one of the other criticisms that have been echoed quite often is the lack of honesty of those who have joined LIV Golf. Many have claimed their reason for joining was to “grow the game” or for a new and unique experience. Even those who have been supportive of LIV would have a hard time claiming that those were the most influential factors of those who’ve left.

David Feherty, who made his LIV Golf debut at Trump Bedminster two weeks ago isn’t among those who are sugarcoating their reasons for joining the Saudi-backed golf series.

In a recent interview with Gary Koch, the eccentric TV personality admitted money was his primary motivator when asked by the host why he made the move:

“Money. People don’t talk about it. I hear, ‘Well, it’s to grow the game. Bullsh*t. They paid me a lot of money.”

Feherty also expressed that the opportunity to be himself again was another reason he was excited to join LIV.

“It was an opportunity to be myself again,” he said. “It’s become more and more difficult, especially in sports broadcasting, to have any kind of character. Charles Barkley can say pretty much anything he wants, because it’s, ‘Oh, that’s just Charles.’ And it is just Charles. But I have become more and more guarded over the last few years.”

As for critics who Feherty feels are ‘hoping to be offended by something’, Feherty did not mince his words, saying:

“There are people waiting around every corner hoping to be offended by something. F*** those people. Our lives are being shaped by small groups of mean-spirited people who have no sense of humor. We’re in danger of losing our national sense of humor because of this.”

Feherty was also asked about the source of the money and Saudi Arabia’s ties to 9/11.

“The 9 /11 Commission said that the Saudi government wasn’t involved,” the 63-year-old said.

“People that criticize are doing business with China, doing business with Russia. China, in particular, is a country where they’re murdering Uyghurs left, right, and centre, and their human rights record is horrendous.

“You can point to various countries throughout the world. I wouldn’t want to behave like that, but wherever golf is, good happens, and I’m hoping this will do the same thing. [LIV] has said it’s going to donate $100 million to area charities.”

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