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‘Gimme a f–kin’ break – you’re just a golfer, dude’ – Charles Barkley rips ‘no fun’ Tiger

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In the upcoming biography by Alan Shipnuck titled “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar”, former NBA star Charles Barkley has taken some shots at Tiger Woods.

In an excerpt of the book which was recently published at The Fire Pit Collective. Barkley describes the “huge difference” between Mickelson and Woods.

“One of the reasons Phil has lasted so long is because he’s had a joyful life. Tiger won a bunch of tournaments, but there wasn’t much joy in it.”

The former NBA MVP added:

“Sure, Tiger is a better golfer. You’re just in awe of his talent. But it’s not fun to be around him. Everyone in his world is uptight and sh-t, afraid to say or do the wrong thing.

“Tiger himself has always acted like he’s under siege. Gimme a f–kin’ break — you’re just a golfer, dude. When you’re with Phil, you’re guaranteed to have fun. He makes people feel good. Everyone around him is always smiling. That’s a huge difference, man.”

In the past, Barkley has had a friendship with Woods. When Tiger had his infamous scandal back in November of 2009, that seemingly changed.

In 2017, Barkley said: “To this day, I don’t have any idea what happened. “After that … thing, he just stopped talking to us. That’s all I know.”

“I could understand if he was trying to get back with his wife at the time and she said, ‘Hey, get rid of all your old friends,’ and he called and said, ‘This is the situation.’ I would’ve understood that. But I just wish he would have been man enough to call and say that. To just disappear totally was disappointing.”

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  1. benseattle

    May 11, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    “The bottom line is Charles Berkley is bi*ching the fact Tiger defriend him. If you write about a friend’s personal life in your book without his consent – you really were never his friend. No wonder he is not talking to you anymore.”

    Well, except for the fact that Woody dumped Chucky LONG before any book came out. Still, I secretly believe that Tiger’s association with the gamblers and carousers Jordan and Barkley never provided Woods any benefit. Except learning to be the center of attention every second of every day. Not surprised Woody moved on but a simple call to his ‘friends’ would have been the decent thing to so. “Sorry guys, but I’ve got to clean up my act. We’ll see you around.” Nope: ghost them. Weird dude, that Tiger Woods.

    • The Bunta

      May 11, 2022 at 7:58 pm

      Exactly. Everyone bows down ro Tiger but they forget he was bang’n Waffle House skags a dime a dozen. Hes lucky his middle leg didn’t fall off from rot.

      • Gas Pump Joe

        May 13, 2022 at 4:30 pm

        You virgins would’ve done the same thing.

  2. John mac

    May 11, 2022 at 11:20 am

    It appears that Mr Perfect Barklay is lacking diplomatic skilset. I wonder if anyone has thought ” give me a frekin break, he’s just an overgrown person that walks from one basket to the other. and drops the ball in the basket. check this muddy story.

    https://bleacherreport.com/articles/309431-did-tiger-woods-problems-begin-when-he-befriended-michael-jordan

  3. Pingback: ‘It was like he was showing off’ – Golf writer details epic Phil Mickelson gambling spree – GolfWRX

  4. Rodney

    May 10, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    All of you making comments about Tiger I wonder how many of you have meet him or spent anytime with him? Whenever I hear Freddie purples or Mark O’Mara of Jack talk about Tiger They say nothing but good things. I’ll take their word over Barkley anyway.

    • X

      May 11, 2022 at 10:26 pm

      Those guys you mentioned only ever talk about Eldrick’s golf game, not about his home situation. They all knew what was up, that’s the stupid thing. The only thing Eldrick did right was calling a penalty on himself AFTER he got busted by Elin, where he got in front of the world and apologised for his promiscuity and adulterous behaviours.
      Now his kids are going to be messed up in the head growing up without their real mother, who is a Blonde Swedish woman. So think about the heritage explanation Eldrick has to do with his kids when they wonder where they came from. He’s done.

      • Dan

        May 24, 2022 at 1:05 am

        I think they’ll know where they came from seeing as she has joint custody.

  5. H

    May 9, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    Eldrick has never been a man and still isn’t. He’s still that little 4 year old boy whose dad is telling him how to hit the ball, and the teenage boy who watched his dad lay pipe with a bunch of Hos

    • Michael

      May 11, 2022 at 10:16 am

      What a moronic comment made by someone who knows nothing except their own failures in life. Just another tool spouting off because he/you know you can’t be held accountable when hiding behind a keyboard.

      • Professor

        May 11, 2022 at 10:56 am

        IDK, I kinda agree. There’s only one person I can really think of who may have lived a life similar to Tiger’s, Michael Jackson. Fame and attention at such a young age never really allowed to have a real childhood or to be normal kids. As adults they both have/had a childlike quality to them. Obviously, I have no idea but I’ve always felt like Tiger hanging out with Barkley and Jordan was a problem. After Earl passed away Tiger seemed to have lost his compass. NBA guys are flat out notoriously promiscuous. No judgment. But I could imagine Tiger hanging out with them and really just being the runt of the litter, then going to Perkins and trying to be the man. Immaturity. Fortunately, we’ve had a chance to see a more mature and humbled Tiger Woods.

      • S

        May 12, 2022 at 11:56 am

        No, “Michael” or whatever YOUR name is, hiding behind your own keyboard, Edlrick truly got busted by his wife, everybody else around him, for banging too many Hos and admitted, in public, via a speech on TV, about his adultery.
        You’re the moron who puts that trash home wrecker on a pedestal. Those 2 kids? They’re Elin’s kids. They have Blonde Swedish blood in them. Their grandparents are also Swedish, from Sweden. Not Americans. That’s Eldrick’s kids’ heritage.
        Eldrick has no control over his life outside of swinging a golf club.

  6. Richard

    May 9, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    Tiger should have never got in bed with Steinberg and his ilk. That’s 90% of the trash in his life right there, about the same anybody who is not them ends up with.

    Maybe you can keep Charlie away from their fangs.

  7. MhtLion

    May 9, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    The bottom line is Charles Berkley is bi*ching the fact Tiger defriend him. If you write about a friend’s personal life in your book without his consent – you really were never his friend. No wonder he is not talking to you anymore.

    • Frank

      May 9, 2022 at 1:35 pm

      You’re assuming everything in this book is truth.

    • T

      May 10, 2022 at 1:13 pm

      No, ya got that backwards and upside down bud. People have put Eldrick on a pedestal and so their view of him is skewed purely because of his golf. As a person, he’s not good at all. He’s trash

      • Kevin

        May 10, 2022 at 2:46 pm

        Gtfoh……like Tom Brady cheating trash ass has not been put on a pedestal because of his cheating ass football skills……look at Bill Belkechek the greatest coach ever right (cheating mfas)

      • Michael

        May 11, 2022 at 10:18 am

        How may times will you change the name you use. Trash is an appropriate label for a punk scared enough to keep changing his lame login. Pathetic and gutless.

        • C

          May 12, 2022 at 11:59 am

          You’re an idiot, huh? There’s no sign in needed here. You just put your name and whatever email and post lol

    • joe

      May 12, 2022 at 10:29 am

      You double post and can’t even copy Barkley’s name correctly (and it’s DEFRIENDED). Ugh. Shouldn’t you be on Yahoo comment board bi+ching about something esle?

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Justin Thomas gifts caddie Bones the major winning memento he never got from Phil Mickelson

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When Jim “Bones” Mackay left the booth (NBC Sports and Golf Channel) to caddie for Justin Thomas in 2021, it was for moments like Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship.

After Thomas’ disappointing 74 on Saturday, he found himself seven shots back of Mito Pereira. It was Mackay who provided the necessary pep talk to get Thomas refocused on winning the tournament before his Sunday charge.

“I’m fully confident in saying that I wouldn’t be standing here if he didn’t give me that, wasn’t necessarily a speech, but a talk, if you will,” Thomas said. “I just needed to let some steam out. I didn’t need to bring my frustration and anger home with me. I didn’t need to leave the golf course in a negative frame of mind. I just went down, ‘I played pretty well yesterday for shooting 4-over, and I felt like I’d played terrible.’ And he was just like, ‘Dude, you’ve got to be stop being so hard on yourself. You’re in contention every single week we’re playing.”

Bones explained how important it was for Thomas to remain positive and not expect perfection.

Bones continued: “It’s a major championship. You don’t have to be perfect. Just don’t be hard on yourself. Just kind of let stuff happen, and everything is trending in the right direction. So just keep staying positive so that good stuff can happen.”

“I left here in an awesome frame of mind,” Thomas said.

After all was said and done, Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee speculated via Twitter whether Mackay may be the greatest caddie of all time.

“Bones did an unbelievable job of keeping me in the moment,” Thomas said.

The win with Justin Thomas was Mackay’s sixth major championship victory as a caddie. However, this was the first time he was able to take a trophy with him.

Traditionally, the winning flag goes to the caddie as a trophy and token of appreciation. When Bones was on Mickelson’s bag, he hadn’t had an opportunity to receive one. Mickelson gave the 18th flag to his grandfather after all of his major championship victories.

According to Alan Shipnuck, as detailed in his new book, “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and unauthorized) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar,” those close to Mackay took that as a sign of disrespect.

“Mackay understood and respected that gesture, but 19 more Tour victories would follow, including four majors and he never got to keep a single flag,” Shipnuck wrote.

“That’s a giant f*** you to a caddie,” Shipnuck quotes a person very close to Mackay. “When Phil wins the Masters, he gets the green jacket, the trophy, the big check, all the glory. He had to take the flags, too? For Phil not to follow the tradition was hugely disrespectful.”

After Mackay and Mickelson split in 2017, Phil finally sent the flags to Bones.

“But Phil autographed them in comically large letters, which Mackay felt disfigured the keepsakes,” Shipnuck reported and noted that Bones never displayed them on the walls of his home.

It seems Mackay is finally going to get to put one of those flags up in his home, and it’s certainly well deserved.

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‘Not my best take. I played like s–t’ – Pro walks back comments slamming ‘pitiful’ Southern Hills

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Saturday at Southern Hills was a tough day for all, but the frustration certainly got the better of Patton Kizzire, who slammed the course after a round of 78.

Taking to Instagram stories, Kizzire bluntly said: “Pitiful golf on a pitiful setup on an overrated golf course.”

 

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To the 36-year-old’s credit, Kizzire walked back the comment by taking to the GolfWRX Instagram page to describe his outburst as “Not my best take ever. I played like s–t”.

Kizzire isn’t the only man to be critical of the course this week, with Tyrrell Hatton another to voice his frustrations. Earlier this week, the Englishman hit out at the state of the greens, saying:

“I mean, we’re playing a Major championship, not a monthly medal,” Hatton said. “You know, they’re bobbling all over the place. It’s so hard to hole putts. So you can hit a great putt and they just don’t look like going in, which is hard to accept when we’re playing in a Major championship.

That makes it the second major championship in succession that Hatton has aired his frustrations with the course after calling Augusta National “unfair” following the 2022 Masters tournament.

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‘Pretty warped stuff’ – Announcer blasts leader’s drop at PGA Championship

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Mito Pereira leads the 2022 PGA Championship through Saturday afternoon, but a free drop has been a source of controversy amongst announcers and fans.

On the ninth hole, Pereira hit a tee shot that drifted left into the rough area of the crosswalk, which fans traverse through for the event.

The Chilean was granted a free drop, which allowed him to drop in the fairway, and it’s fair to say not everyone was pleased with the ruling.

On Sky Sports, on-course announcer Wayne Riley described the decision as “pretty warped stuff”, with the Aussie saying on air:

“I can’t believe this drop. Where that ball is, he’s got to keep the flag in line. He’s not going backwards. That, to me is quite amazing..to be able to get it onto the fairway. That’s pretty warped stuff.”

Fellow commentator and winner on the European Tour, Nick Dougherty, declared the decision as a “monumental break”, and the reaction on Twitter was even more stinging:

The 27-year-old was granted relief under a local rule allowing players free relief plus an additional club length from “abnormal course conditions.”

Riley went on to say the ruling was “just one of those”, while Pereira went on to make bogey on the hole.

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