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How Mickelson gambled during tournaments with announcer who was throwing ‘wadded-up twenties out of tower’

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We will not see defending PGA champion Phil Mickelson at Southern Hills this week but his name is still creating headlines just a day before the first tee time.

It cannot be a coincidence that the release of Alan Shipnuck’s no-holds-barred biography was timed for this very week, but it is the nature of the content, plus previously reported excerpts from the book, that make PGA Championship week more than the names on the entry list.

Just a few days ago, we reported on a part of the bio that concentrates on a story told by golf scribe John Hawkins.

In the short piece, Hawkins alleges Mickelson made large numbers bets on college basketball games in a brief space of time, so many that he felt the now-maligned player to be “showing off”.

The book makes many further allegations, including a segment involving outspoken former professional and announcer Gary McCord.

In that section of the book, McCord alleges gambling took place on the putting green during tournaments, and in the most bizarre fashion.

“When I was in the TV tower, every time Phil got to my hole, Bones (caddie Jim Mackay) would look up at me and I would flash the odds,” McCord said. “If Phil had a 15-footer, I’d flash three fingers, which meant the odds were 3-1. If he was 60 feet, I’d give him 2-1 on a two-putt. Bones would go down and whisper in his ear and Phil would look up at me and shake his head, yes or no.”

“I can’t tell you how many wadded-up twenties I threw out of the tower until the Tour found out about it and I got word through CBS I was no longer allowed to gamble with Phil while up in the tower.”

Previous to these allegations, Mickelson’s gambling habits were the stuff of hearsay, but this is perhaps the wildest Phil related gambling story of them all.

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  3. Rich

    May 18, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    Look at all that 10 cent paper (5 cents paper, 5 cents ink). The only reason it has value is another sucker will accept it.

    Gold and value-creating skills are the real money.

  4. RicFlair

    May 18, 2022 at 9:16 am

    Now THIS is the type of content we need…keep em’ coming! Let’s get some Phil and Michael Jordan stories next.

    I applaud the move by Phil and McCord. Guy really needs constant action.

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Sungjae Im doing ‘Gangnam Style’ at Presidents Cup after-party is the must see video of the year

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If any golfer in the world deserves to let their hair down once in a while, then it’s Sungjae Im.

The 24-year-old was the joint top scoring International player at the Presidents Cup, after a season in which he competed in a whopping 26 events on the PGA Tour.

After a gruelling season and after a stellar performance at Quail Hollow, the South Korean was ready to party, and he did so in the most epic of ways.

In a video posted by Tony Finau, Im led the way at the Presidents Cup party going ‘Gangnam Style’ – debuted by his fellow countryman Psy back in 2012 – and as you can see, it lit up the room with both U.S. and International players cheering him on.

 

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The after-party sure looked like a wild time, as not only did Im show another side to him, but we also got to see Hideki Matsuyama’s caddie, Shota, have every U.S. player sign their names on his body.

No doubt some heads were sore on Monday morning, but by the looks of things it was probably worth it.

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Tour pro hit with 4-stroke penalty at Monday-qualifier after committing frustrating error

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During Monday’s qualifier for the Sanderson Farms Championship, former PGA TOUR winner Wesley Bryan was issued a rare penalty.

Carrying 15 clubs is against the rules, and Bryan realized he had one too many when he picked up a 7-iron that wasn’t the one he’d been using.

Bryan didn’t take the penalty too harshly, and even laughed it off after he came to the realization.

“That’s the wrong 7-iron – you can go and add four to my score boys!” Bryan said to his playing partners in Mississippi.

“Yeah we definitely have too many. We have two 7-irons in there – you handed that to me I was like ‘wait a second’ – Can you imagine if we were like 4 or 5-under at this point?”

Bryan was not in contention when he was assessed the four-shot penalty, which I’m sure led to his laid back reaction.

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Ian Poulter takes swipe at Justin Thomas over short putt complaints at Presidents Cup

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Over the weekend, Justin Thomas was involved in a dramatic Sunday singles battle with Si-Woo Kim, with the Korean eventually prevailing on the final hole of the day.

During that match, Thomas expressed his frustration at Kim not giving him a 3-foot putt on the ninth hole, with Thomas motioning that the putt may have been in ‘gimme’ range

Some found JT’s complaints hypocritical after a video had previously shown the 29-year-old shut down Jordan Spieth, who appeared to suggest giving Adam Scott a short putt earlier in the week.

Ian Poulter, known for his pedigree in match play singles, weighed in with his view on JT’s complaints, and unsurprisingly the Englishman had no sympathy for the two-time major champ, saying:

Poulter’s view appears to be the popular take on the matter, with plenty of golf fans frustrated with Thomas, who also admitted he had been ‘p*****d off’ with Si-Woo Kim for deciding to shush the crowd during their tense encounter on Sunday.

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