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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. 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.

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  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.

  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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Korn Ferry Tour pro leaves clubs on airport carousel in incredible chase to make tee time



It’s your job, so I guess you have to do it.

Most golf fans will be used to the tales of the struggles of the end of year Q-school and the plight of mini-tour players, even maybe the list of reserves for each tournament.

But the 18th alternate!?

Korn Ferry Tour player James Nicholas had something of an interesting journey on Wednesday, when late at night he received a call letting him know he was now the first alternate for the AdventHealth Championship starting less than 24 hours later.

When receiving the call, the Yale graduate was sitting in Westchester County, New York, some 1000 miles away from the tournament location in Kansas City, Missouri. Starting the event as a reserve was a possibility, but first he needed to get there on time.

In what was an almost impossible chase, Nicholas got the first flight he could but found his plane delayed by 90 minutes – this was becoming an  increasingly impossible journey.

“Why would I go when I know it will take a miracle for me to get in?” Nicholas shared on Instagram. “Because it’s my job, and I’ll do anything for just a chance.”

Miracles happen and from 18th alternate on May 13th to first on May 18th, at 9:52am on May 19th Nicholas was now informed he was in the tournament!

Having finally landed in the Midwest, the 25-year-old found he had no time to wait for his luggage at the baggage carousel and had to rush to the Blue Hills Country Club without clubs, shoes or glove!

Fortunately the head club pro lent Nicholas all the equipment he needed, allowing him to compete and finish the round in four-over par 76 – some way behind the leaders.

If fortune follows the brave, then he will make the cut later today.

If not, nobody can blame a trier!

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Multiple PGA champ says ‘Phil was not missed’ at Champions Dinner



The PGA Championship’s past champions’ dinner on Tuesday was a bit different than usual. Phil Mickelson, the tournament’s defending champion was nowhere to be found.

At a typical PGA Championship, Mickelson would have hosted the past champions’ dinner. The duties would include picking the menu and giving gifts to those in attendance. This year, those duties fell to the PGA of America due to Phil’s absence.

According to former champion Dave Stockton, Mickelson was “not missed”.

“It was a fun evening. Phil was not missed,” said Dave Stockton, who won the 1970 and ’76 PGA Championships. “I think Phil would have been a big distraction. The story here this week is the PGA.”

Stockton is partly responsible for having the champions’ dinner at the PGA Championship include only past winners, which is something that started last year at Kiawah Island.

“At Kiawah last year we had I think six or seven people in the room besides just players, and like we did last night, we sat around and they can’t separate us out because there’s so many players, former champions, that it was unbelievable,” Stockton said. “We ended the night, and everybody stayed. I think it blew the PGA officers away.”

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Major champ calls for audio release of bombshell Mickelson interview



On Wednesday, GolfWRX reported on an excerpt of 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem’s interview with Golf Magic and Boylesports Latest Golf Betting, in which he doesn’t hold back his view on Alan Shipnuck, author of the recently published biography of Phil Mickelson.

Put simply, Beem said, “I don’t trust Alan. It’s nothing personal, I just don’t trust what he writes,” and the theme has continued today with more details of the interview that he had with the bookmaker’s blog.

Whilst accepting the subject of the book, Phil Mickelson, has made errors and will need to ask for a deal of forgiveness to be allowed back on the PGA Tour, Beem has doubts about the context of the controversial comments that have turned the golf world upside down over the last couple of months.

Mickelson has become a (self?) exiled player since calling LIV Golf’s Saudi backers “scary…to deal with” and advising that they were a way of leveraging with the PGA Tour and their “obnoxious greed.”

Having been unhappy with the way Shipnuck handled the coverage of his rookie year in his 2003 publication, ‘Bud, Sweat & Tees’ – “I think that he tries to sensationalist everything,” – Beem wants some clearance on the circumstances of the controversial comments that appeared in the latest tome.

“What was printed by Alan Shipnuk, I want to be clear on this, I want to hear the audio,” Beem told the bookmaker site. “I want to hear exactly what Phil said and I want to hear the context of what he said because the written word is so different than the spoken word that you can take it in any context you want.”

“If you write me a letter, I can read that letter in so many different ways trying to figure out the way you wrote it. I want to hear what he said and how he said it before I really determine how I feel because I look at the source with a little disdain – I’m not a fan. ”

“Once I hear the context, I could probably make a better determination, but it’s hard for me to comment much more on Phil. He’s always been a unique character on the PGA Tour, and there’s a thousand stories out there as we all probably know.”

With nobody knowing for sure where we will see Mickelson next tee it up, Beemer has some advice for the 2021 PGA Champion should he wish to come back to the main tour.

“To go out and to try and redeem yourself, then what you need to do is become a model citizen. You need to come back, hat in hand at the PGA Tour if that’s where your allegiance is, and you need to apologise to every single player on the range.”

“You know, ‘Hey, listen, sorry for having this controversy, didn’t mean it to distract from you and this great tour that we’re part of’, because there are a lot more things to the PGA Tour that, besides the money they play for, are funnelled in.”

“You can give me a cheque for $5 million for winning a tournament, but the things that I get from the PGA Tour are so much more valuable in some respects. And there’s a laundry list of them.”

The current PGA champion is the first non-injured player of the modern era to miss the defence of his title, and with just three weeks to go before the first LIV event in London, we are still in the dark  as to where he next tees it up.

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