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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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Shane Lowry and Justin Thomas take shots at Bryson’s awkward attempt to own viral rope incident

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“If you can’t laugh at yourself, then who can you laugh at?”

According to those search engines, both quotes can be attributed to an awful lot of people over the years, including golf legends Payne Stewart and Tiger Woods.

Sometimes, though, others don’t find it as funny.

A week ago, we reported on a viral video from LIV Chicago that showed Bryson DeChambeau losing a battle with one of the gallery ropes .

Despite the histrionics and the supposed loss of vision in one eye, he completed the event at 6-under, and finishing in the top 10.

The incident brought more attention to the tour than anything Chicago winner Cam Smith could do, and the 2020 U.S Open winner probably thought he was onto a winner when recreating the event in a re-run of Bryson v Rope.

In it, the 29-year-old prepares for the challenge like a pro boxer, before ducking under the rope with no personal damage – to the whoops of the ‘onlookers’.

It was a bit of fun, but recent BMW PGA champion, and 2022 Masters third, Shane Lowry, wasn’t at all impressed.

The 2019 Open Championship winner has always stayed fairly neutral about the Greg Norman-led tour, but there was never a doubt that he was fully behind his good friend Rory McIlroy with his views.

However, after the win at Wentworth, Lowry was a tad more open with his views:

“I just think [LIV Golf] is bad for the game. I have always said I play for trophies, not for money. That’s why I didn’t entertain it, to be honest. The reason I have never even contemplated it is I don’t think it is good for the game.”

Whilst we can’t be sure if this had any effect on his Twitter post today, it was clear what he thinks of DeChambeau’s latest stunt:

Then JT got involved and made it clear what camp he was in…

The long-standing Dunhill Links weather is always unpredictable, but home players seem to thrive whatever the conditions.

What is definite is that Lowry will not stomach much more of the clownery on show, and probably won’t be cheering Bryson on as he reached the last 64 of the World’s Longest Drive Championship.

Just as we thought things might have been calming down…..

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Why Phil Mickelson decided to drop out of lawsuit against PGA Tour

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Whatever the whys and wherefores, the disputes and disagreements, the one thing the LIV series has done is get people thinking.

Much water has crossed under the bridge and a recap could go on for many hours, but it remains that something somewhere caused the PGA Tour to look at a revised schedule.

Behind all this were a number of court cases, the first being 16 players fighting their cause against a DP World Tour ban, before 11 PGA Tour players sought temporary injunctions against the tour, seeking allowance into the FedEx Cup.

Since then,  Abraham Ancer, Jason Kokrak, Carlos Ortiz and Pat Perez have dropped out of the suit, the trial scheduled to commence in 2024, and now four more have fallen by the wayside.

Those four are Ian Poulter, Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford, and more vitally, Phil Mickelson.

The idea of a series challenging the golf status quo was always in the mind of Greg Norman and his backers, and Lefty was certainly the one player that launched the idea into orbit, after a revealing interview with golf writer Alan Shipnuck.

That now leaves just three of the original 11 – Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Jones and Peter Uihlein – who are still being backed by LIV Golf.

The organization released a recent statement, commenting:

“Nothing has changed,’” confirmed LIV. “The merits of the lawsuit—the PGA Tour’s anti-competitive conduct—still stand and will be fully tested in court, and we look forward to it.”

The statement confirmed the reasons why they believe they have a strong case.

“We stand by the players who the PGA Tour has treated so poorly, but we also recognize to be successful we no longer need a wide variety of players to be on the suit. We have our players’ backs and will press our case in court against the PGA’s anti-competitive behavior.”

Losing the bigger names might be a blow to the plaintiff’s case, and Mickelson’s comments were always going to be of interest.

Lefty explained the reasons for his withdrawal to Sports Illustrated:

“I am focused on moving forward and extremely happy being a part of LIV, while also grateful for my time on the (PGA) Tour. I am pleased that the players on Tour are finally being heard, respected and valued and are benefitting from the changes recently implemented.”

He summed up:

“With LIV’s involvement in these issues, the players’ rights will be protected and I no longer feel it is necessary for me to be part of the proceedings.”

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Patrick Reed includes three golf journalists in fresh defamation lawsuit

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Last month, Patrick Reed filed a defamation lawsuit against Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee. The suit has since been withdrawn, but the former Masters champion isn’t done yet.

Reed has just filed a new lawsuit against golf journalists Damon Hack, Shane Bacon and Eamon Lynch. In addition to the writers, the suit includes both PGA Tour and DP World Tour and their commissioners Jay Monahan and Keith Pelley.

The suit alleges that those mentioned are guilty of “conspiracy, defamation, injurious falsehood and tortious interference”.

The lawsuit is a whopping 96-pages long and it lists 42 “causes of action.” The causes of action include “a pattern and practice of defaming Mr. Reed.”

“These malicious attacks have created hate, aided and abetted a hostile workplace environment, and have caused substantial financial and emotional damage and harm to Mr. Reed and his family,” Reed’s attorney Larry Klayman said in a statement.

The suit claims that the defendants have cost Reed opportunities at multi-million-dollar sponsorships over the course of his career.

The documents also allege that the defendants have been “intentionally and maliciously destroying” the reputation and sales of Reed and his wife’s company, grindworksUSA, which distributes golf equipment made by the Chinese company.

Reed was set to tee it up at the Alfred Dunhill Links this week, but was forced to withdraw due to back issues resulting from a soft mattress at a French hotel.

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