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Phil Mickelson’s latest Twitter activity suggests he’s not happy that he was ‘canceled’

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Phil Mickelson is back on Twitter, and he appears to be less than pleased with his ‘cancelation’.

In his first Twitter activity since February, Mickelson liked a user’s tweet that was in response to a Clay Travis tweet.

Here is the original tweet from Clay Travis, which highlights that the NBA will be playing matches next year in the UAE, a country where homosexuality is punishable by death.

The response, which Lefty liked, was from Twitter user Brandon Jones who voiced his frustration over the uneven backlash Mickelson has received in comparison to the NBA.

The like has since been removed by Mickelson, or perhaps it was liked by mistake.

As an aside, the 51-year-old also surprisingly liked one other tweet on his return to the platform, a Yahoo report on the PGA Tour blocking the release of “rebels” Mickelson and Lee Westwood.

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  1. MRHogan

    May 31, 2022 at 7:17 am

    In typical journalistic protocol, when there isn’t a story or controversy, create one.

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  3. Steve the sheep

    May 13, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    Hard 2 be OBJECTIVE when u have a deal with the PGA tour Golfwrx.

  4. Hopp

    May 13, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Consequences Phil, consequences. At least you didn’t insinuate that murder was a mistake.

    • Gary Ahlert

      May 13, 2022 at 3:37 pm

      For speaking the truth? Consequences? Really? More like phony self-righteous BS. Phil was right in all his thoughts. Perhaps, inartful, but nonetheless correct.

      • Thomas Woodward

        May 13, 2022 at 8:13 pm

        U R 100% correct Gary on your assessment of Phil’s comments regarding the PGA Tour, the newest Tyranny/Gestapo Agent Corporate America entity and IMHO, better than HALF of ALL the corporate America entities since the late 1970’s have been operation a s such…..

  5. Jesus I L

    May 13, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Fornicating with the Middle East moneychangers has consequences, Phil.

    • geohogan

      May 20, 2022 at 9:33 am

      Like Bill, he said he “did not have sex with Saudi prince”…for money

  6. Stan

    May 12, 2022 at 5:59 am

    I am a huge Phil fan. I am on his side of this and always will be Call me blind or whatever I think a league to compete against the PGA.Is a good thing and it Scares the s–t out of the PGA and it’s monopoly and that’s the real issue. It would not matter where in the world it was to get started. PGA is running scared.

    • Thomas Woodward

      May 13, 2022 at 8:19 pm

      YEPPERS! Btw, MONOPOLY’S are ILLEGAL and should be disbanded and that includes the PGA and LPGA of America, and NASCAR. I’m hoping AMNY of the PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour Players JUMP to other golfing venues as they are created. Hopefully the Saudi’s will have a tour for women and seniors….

  7. Imafitter

    May 11, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    Just go, Phil. They have the money to cover your gambling habit. You once thought you were adored like Palmer, but now Reed has more respect, and that’s not saying much.

  8. Steve

    May 11, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    I am so over Phil.. Who gives a F about him!

    • Luc

      May 12, 2022 at 3:52 pm

      More like who gives a F about being “cancelled” the entire concept is a joke. People need to grow up and fast.

    • carlos concepcion

      May 20, 2022 at 1:35 pm

      should be more like who gives an F about you~

  9. Phil

    May 11, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Golfwrx about to get a spanking from PGA tour 4 weeks into the deal. Oops

  10. Bob

    May 11, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    Cancelling yourself and WDing from the Masters isn’t getting cancelled, Phil.

    Rich victimhooding is rich.

  11. Oldlefty70

    May 11, 2022 at 10:41 am

    The hypocrisy goes deep and wide in all spectrums of sports, entertainment, government and life and it’s totally ludacris that people find much enjoyment in inflicting their self righteous judgement on Phil Mickelson and others around them while totally overlooking their own transgressions… pitiful day and age!

  12. Wreath Lover

    May 11, 2022 at 10:25 am

    spell much? “cancelation” (sic)

    • David

      May 11, 2022 at 11:11 pm

      That’s actually the correct way to spell it in American English. Do you, in fact, “spell much?”

      • Jim

        May 13, 2022 at 4:18 pm

        cancellation is by far the more widely-used spelling, no matter where you are.

  13. benseattle

    May 11, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Phil Mickelson is in the doghouse because he actively recruited other players to a rival tour, engaged (with three other unidentified players) legal counsel to write that tour’s bylaws and consistently ripped the PGA Tour, the organization that has allowed him to accrue — by some accounts — a net worth in excess of 700 million dollars. Oh, and he admits that while the Saudis are a murderous regime, it’s okay to pal up with them as long as the action gives him “leverage” against the PGA Tour. Sure, many will welcome him back whenever he comes out from under his rock but the rest of us (including this former fan) can do without his greedy, two-faced personna. Good riddance.

    • Michael

      May 11, 2022 at 10:29 am

      I wonder if you have ceased to do business in every way with every company and organization that has any connection to the Saudis or Chinese or any other similar regimes. Doubt it. Hypocrisy rules your self-righteousness.

      • Oldlefty70

        May 11, 2022 at 10:46 am

        ????

      • Oldlefty70

        May 11, 2022 at 10:50 am

        ??

      • Thomas A

        May 11, 2022 at 12:01 pm

        Like Ben said, it’s that he was actively setting up a rival tour. It wouldn’t matter if that tour were also in the USA. Phil is biting the hand that feeds because he’s not quite rich enough from hitting a little white ball. And there’s a difference between an Asian Tour or DP World Tour event hosted by the Kingdom, and the Kingdom setting up a competing tour.

      • Osugolfguy

        May 12, 2022 at 9:28 am

        The situation that Phil is in is VERY different that a normal member of society who buys things that are made in China or is employed by a company that does business with Saudi Arabia.
        Phil is in a unique position to effect change in the world and could’ve easily worked with his fellow Tour pros to destroy this league with minimal effort. By doing that, he could’ve immortalized his legacy as not only one of the greatest golfers of all time, but also a truly beloved steward of the game on par with perhaps only Arnold Palmer. Instead, he appears to hold some unfounded grudge against the PGA Tour because he doesn’t think that the $600mm or so he’s made in his career by being aligned with the Tour isn’t enough for him. Now he’s tarnished his legacy forever by proving to be what every regular person believes rich people to be…a greedy A-hole.
        Compare that a “regular guy” like myself…I don’t have nearly the power or influence in society to effect change. To cease to do business with every organization and company with connections to bad regimes, as you suggest we do to avoid hypocrisy, would mean I’d be living in a cardboard box and walking everywhere since we get steel and most auto parts from those countries.
        The reason Phil has been canceled is simple…people don’t nor should they have any patience for rich, powerful people who think they became rich and powerful based on only their talents without anyone else’s help, then bite the hand of the allies who helped them achieve their wealth and power.
        He also has had the reputation forever that he thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room and he tried to pull it again with this move, except this time, not only did he badly miss the mark with a lot of his remarks, he literally said that he’s cool with the Saudis being deplorable people as long as he can leverage it to make more money.
        If you think there’s anywhere to compare that to me buying a product made in China, we’ll have to agree to strongly disagree.

    • JP

      May 12, 2022 at 12:18 am

      Spot on Ben.

  14. Michael

    May 11, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Clay Travis makes a good point.

  15. Jon

    May 11, 2022 at 8:45 am

    How was lefty canceled? He pretty much canceled himself by taking a self-imposed hiatus from playing. Boo-hoo.

    • Michael

      May 11, 2022 at 10:25 am

      Not a Phil fan at all, but dude, you could not be more wrong and any more less knowledgeable about what took place with Phil after the book excerpts were put out there.

      His break from playing is one small part of what happened and it seems likely he was disciplined by the Tour and cancelled by sponsor who kowtow to being PC.

      Stunning that you don’t understand.

      • JD

        May 11, 2022 at 11:45 am

        Don’t know what planet he’s on. The TOUR doesn’t publicize suspensions ever. DJ caught testing positive for drugs? He left for “personal reasons.” Can’t damage the TOUR’s pristine reputation!

      • Bob

        May 11, 2022 at 12:59 pm

        Get your facts straight, Michael. Augusta did not tell Phil to go to the corner.

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Freak incident leads LPGA pro to finish round putting with her wedge

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Golf viewers have seen plenty of tantrums on the golf course.

Go back to the likes of John Daly and Jon Rahm for not exactly hiding their frustrations with a bad shot, whilst the list of players throwing or damaging clubs is manifold. Indeed, just five days ago, recordings showed Grayson Murray snapping a club over his knee after a wayward approach at the US Open in Brookline.

It’s a bit more unusual on the womens’ tours, although Brooke Henderson put up a show at the 2018 KPMG PGA Championship when throwing her club on to her bag and snapping it, rendering it impossible to play with.

LPGA player Emma Talley isn’t in that league and usually takes it out on her putter by rapping it against her left foot. On Thursday, however, she damaged her flat stick on the 6th green at Congressional, scene of this season’s KPMG event, some four years after Henderson’s misdemeanour.

The former US Women’s Amateur champion admitted it surprised her, as she hadn’t rapped the club with that much force:

“I hit my putter on my toe, but it wasn’t even that hard. That’s why I’m so upset because I wish I would have broken it out of madness, but it wasn’t even that hard. That’s what sucked.”

TV coverage showed viewers the 28-year-old putting with a wedge from that moment on whilst Todd Garry of the PGA of America explained:

“So, Emma, on the 6th green, missed a short putt and kind of hit her foot with her putter, and she loosened the clubhead. She could continue to use it throughout her round but she decided to use her wedge, so she must replace….she has to get that fixed before starting her round tomorrow, but she could have kept using her putter.”

Coverage then showed Talley in tears after missing a gettable putt on the 8th, her 17th of the day, and finished 6-over, some four shots off the cut line.

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DP World Tour announces sanctions for LIV golfers…including heavy fines

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In a dramatic move by the DP World Tour, all players involved with the LIV Golf Series will be fined and banned from entering the Scottish Open in July.

With the highly-regarded tournament set to take place at the Renaissance Club for the fourth year in succession, many of the top players will have planned to use the event to prepare for The Open Championship, set to have its 150th running at St. Andrews, just a week later.

Whilst the R&A, the organisation with control of the final major, is allowing LIV players into the event, this seems to be a European version of the twists and turns in the United States, where LIV players were welcomed into the PGA Championship but shunned by the PGA Tour.

The DP World Tour will fine members that played at the opening LIV event at the Centurion Club to the tune of £100,000 and suspend all from both the Genesis Scottish Open and Barbasol Championship, held from July 7th-10th, and from the Barracuda Championship, taking place as an ‘opposite’ event to what should be a classic final major.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the DP World Tour, has not ruled out further action, his statement confirming that participation in further conflicting tournaments without the required release “may incur further sanctions.”

The Scottish Open is an event that has often enticed many of the live candidates for The Open, and can list both Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell as previous winners, the pair now banned from the event because of their participation in the inaugural LIV event.

The 2021 running saw Collin Morikawa finish down the field before coming on from the experience to win the Claret Jug, whilst joint runner-up Matt Fitzpatrick subsequently won the Andalucia Masters and, of course, the recent US Open at Brookline.

Whilst the amount of the fine is peanuts in comparison to the millions that has been offered to the likes of Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, this will go down well with players with the same mindset as Morikawa, Max Homa and Rory McIlroy, all of whom talk of history and tradition.

Indeed, the last-named and recent Canadian Open winner has labelled some of the breakaway players as “duplicitous”, a reference to the talk of ‘loyalty’ to the PGA Tour and a quick backtrack to signing for the Saudi-backed series.

Pelley was clear in his statement made earlier today:

“Every action anyone takes in life comes with a consequence and it is no different in professional sport, especially if a person chooses to break the rules. That is what has occurred here with several of our members.”

“Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks expressed the viewpoint that those who have chosen this route have not only disrespected them and our Tour but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf that has been the bedrock of our game for the past half a century and which will also be the foundation upon which we build the next 50 years.”

Pelley concludes, “Their actions are not fair to the majority of our membership and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we have announced today.”

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Xander Schauffele reveals why he turned down ‘obnoxious’ LIV money

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Xander Schauffele has been one of stars on the PGA Tour who’s been rumored to be a target of the LIV Golf series.

According to his interview with The Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio, he’s been steadfast in turning down the proposals of the Saudi-backed golf league.

“Yeah I’m here,” he said. “I met with Jay, we had a player meeting today. I met with Jay myself yesterday and I see myself right now trying to find a way to keep guys on the Tour versus being one to bail.”

“I’m very happy with what’s going on the Tour for the most part and I feel like there’s enough here. I know we’re competing against a big pot of money that’s sort of never ending, you can strike out a million times but there’s still gonna be on that plate swinging so it’s a hard competitor to go up against but I feel like there’s enough on this Tour and enough talent to make it the best in the world and keep it the best.”

“I’m not the first one to sit here and lie to somebody, the numbers being thrown around are very obnoxious. There are certain numbers that even fans of mine, if they looked at it and sit it they’d tell me I’m an idiot for not going, but right now, I’m 28-years-old, I want to win Major championships, I want to win PGA Tour events, and I really think we can make this product on the PGA Tour, it’s been the best and now there is competition, and we can keep it the best with the talent we have, we just kind of need to unify and keep it together.

“So to any one of my fans, words are words, and actions speak louder than words, and right now my actions are to stay on the tour and you’ll see me out here competing on the PGA Tour circuit.”

Of course, Brooks Koepka and others have said they were staying on the PGA Tour and ended up going to LIV anyway. Some users on Twitter pointed out Schauffele’s careful wording when answering the question.

@ToeTagginTambo pointed out that he used the words “right now” when describing his intentions to stay on the PGA Tour, but Xander has, at the very least, committed his immediate future to the PGA Tour.

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