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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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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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