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



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. Moe Greene

    May 28, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    Charles isn’t a role model. What does he care?

  2. Cdub

    May 25, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Who the f cares about Charles Barkley? How many championships did he win?… I’ll save everyone the google search; ZERO!!!!!!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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  6. 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.

  7. 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.

        • Mr. Michael to you

          May 26, 2022 at 10:10 am

          Mr. “S“ or whatever your name is The divorce closed 12 years ago and I believe the final episode as far as we know in his behavior was almost 2 years before that. I find an interesting to know that despite a mountain of evidence otherwise you seem to think or at least assume that he’s the same person he was one that crap was going on. I also imagine that your life is like a Disney picture show everything is wonderful it’s never done anything wrong and you have always been of the finest character and integrity and moral position. The fact is you don’t know squat except what happened a long long time ago. You have no evidence to make your claims at this time in his life. I’m sick of guys like you to sit on your phony moral pedestal and talk manure about guys when they know they don’t have to answer anyone for their crap

  8. 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.

  9. 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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‘He can think whatever he wants’ – Brooks Koepka responds to McIlroy’s duplicitous claim



From popular four-time major winner to “full villain”, Brooks Koepka has certainly not held back with his view on moving full-time to the LIV Tour.

At the US Open, he lambasted reporters for asking questions about the league, saying he simply wanted to concentrate on his golf at Brookline, and yet soon after he deleted any connection to the PGA Tour from his Twitter account, prompting Rory McIlroy to call the group of rebels “duplicitous.”

Following yesterday’s LIV press conference, social media, and Twitter in particular, has gone haywire.

No Laying Up reports on the Koepka’s comment, “You guys will never believe me, but we never even had the conversation (on LIV) until after the U.S. Open,”  and questions, “So the conversation *began* on Monday, June 20, and his twitter profile was scrubbed the same day?”

Why has Koepka agreed to join the LIV series as opposed to staying with the PGA Tour?

“Having more breaks, having … more time at home to make sure I’m 100% before I go play an event. I don’t feel like I’m forced to play right away.”

As one Twitter user pointed out, Brooks has “played 10 days of golf in three months.”

As for his response to Rory’s comments, Koepka does show some respect for play of the recent Canadian Open champion, if not his views.

“Look, I got respect for Rory as a player. He’s good. He’s phenomenal. I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t see it (the “duplicitous” comment). I didn’t hear about it until basically like a day ago.

So, look, he’s entitled to his opinion. He can think whatever he wants. He’s going to do what’s best for him and his family, I’m going to do what’s best for me and my family and can’t hate on anybody for that, and like I said, opinions change.”

Bob Irving, the ‘voice of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ wasn’t shy in giving his view on the presser:  

“Just watched the LIV pressers with Perez, Reed, Koepka, who basically all said they’re glad they don’t have to COMPETE for their money anymore because so many millions are GUARANTEED by the Saudis. What a bunch of losers.”

The second LIV event starts tomorrow at Pumpkin Bridge, Portland opposite the John Deere Classic and Irish Open, and the controversy looks as if it’s not going to die down quite yet.
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LIV stars give bizarre non-answer to Chamblee’s prize money claim before moderator steps in



There has been much debate in regard to whether the LIV Golf Series players get to keep their prize money, or if the tournament winnings come out of their signing bonus.

The rumblings began when Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee claimed that Charl Schwartzel “didn’t actually win 4.7 million for his victory at LIV Golf’s inaugural event at the Centurion Club.


(Note: This tweet has now been deleted by Chamblee)

Former Tour caddie Michael Collins responded to Chamblee’s claim, stating that he was lying about the subject.

On Tuesday’s pre-tournament press conference for LIV Golf Portland, Brooks Koepka was asked to clarify whether or not the prize money was in addition to the signing bonus, strangely responding “I don’t know — it’s irrelevant”

Q. It’s been reported by people that there is a — your signing bonuses versus the draw, meaning what you win comes out of your signing bonus or vice versa. That’s supposedly in your guys’ contracts. Can you confirm if that’s actually true or not?

Koepka: That’s not — no. No.

Q. Just to confirm, Brooks, you’re saying it’s not the case?

Koepka: No. I don’t know — it’s irrelevant.

Q. Okay. And the rest of you guys?

Perez: (Shook head).

Q. The only reason I ask you is because both Keith Pelley, Jay Monahan and you can name other people keep saying that we’re miss- reporting stuff all the time, and the reason is is because every time we ask a question we can’t get answers or people don’t want to talk about the specific issues. That’s why I’m asking.

Koepka: I heard that rumor on Monday morning at the U.S. Open. I also heard I was in London on Saturday or Sunday before. I mean, that was on Monday. Just saying. You can’t believe everything you hear.

After that the contentious exchange, the moderator entered the conversation to clarify the answer while telling the three LIV players they should know since it’s in their contract.

Moderator: I just wanted to address Alex’s question earlier when you were asking about the prize purses and if they are in addition to the contracts. The prize purses are in addition to. There is no draw at LIV Golf on any finances.

Perez: Chamblee was banging that drum the other day.

Moderator: We just wanted to, on the record, it’s in addition to. And while you guys have, this is your first event, but you should know that from your contracts. You can attest to it. Thank you guys.

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Pat Perez shuts down reporter with ultra blunt response at LIV presser



Whilst golfers are never meant to be politicians, the furore over the LIV Golf Series has meant players’ press conferences have created one hell of an uproar on social media.

From Phil’s infamous comments to Rory’s disappointment over ‘duplicitous’ players, from the USGA permitting LIV players into the PGA Championship to the most recent alliance between the PGA and DP World tours, press conferences and releases continue to go back and forth. Words are important.

With just two days to go to the start of the second LIV event at Pumpkin Ridge, Portland, a LIV presser involving Pat Perez, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed has grabbed the headlines.

After mentioning the “club players that have resigned” and the “9/11 survivors” who have protested against the Saudi involvement in golf, a reporter asked new recruits Perez and Koepka, “whether golfers should be participating in this?”

He continued, “Do you have any comments that you are supporting a country with a really bad human rights?”

Perez bluntly states, “No.”

Asked to explain, he is blunt in his response.

“I’m playing golf. This group has given me the opportunity to play golf and have a different schedule. That’s my only concern.”

To silence, the 46-year-old perhaps realizes the effect of his initial statement.

“So yeah, I understand the topic you are trying to bring up and the horrible events but…I’m here to play golf. That’s my job.”

Again, a moment of silence before four-time major champion, Kopeka, speaks:

“Pretty much spot on what Pat said – same thing. I mean we’re here to play golf – we’re excited about it. We’re going to put on the best show we can put on and hopefully one of us is up here on Saturday with the win.”

As Porter says on his tweet, an “incredible answer.”

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