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‘This is uncomfortable’ – LIV press conference gets heated with reporter ejected

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On Tuesday, at the second press conference of the LIV Golf Invitational Series, a reporter was shut down and stopped while attempting to ask a question.

The session began at 1 pm and apparently was cut short by five minutes.

As golfers Kevin Na, Talor Gooch, James Piot, and Sihwan Kim sat on the stage, the reporter insisted on asking his question and proceeded to the front of the press conference room.

He was once again denied, and this time was led out by security.

While the reporter was being shut down, Kevin Na was heard saying “this is uncomfortable” through his microphone.

 

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The same reporter asked a question earlier in the day regarding the human rights record of Saudi Arabia. In the end, the reporter was reportedly allowed back in.

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  1. jgpl001

    Jun 20, 2022 at 6:04 am

    At least this reporter got back in, Mr Khashoggi didn’t get a second chance to ask an uncomfortable question – democracy Saudi style

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  3. amgpuma

    Jun 9, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    I wopuld hav nothing to say at thsi reporter if he even dare to aks the same questions at: China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, UAE, Qatar, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, or eventually in all the States of the US in which detah peanlty is still in place. Thats part of thge cynical attitude of prostitued media…

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  7. Thomas

    Jun 8, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Kevin Na = good guy and a good golfer. Sick of golf reporters, media and other news media especially the clowns at ESPN. Say what you want about Kevin, Bryson, Phil, Patrick, DJ – they can flat out play golf while reporters need to “learn to code.”

    • Eric

      Jun 9, 2022 at 2:54 pm

      What does this have to do with a reporter being removed for trying to ask a question?

      • Michael

        Jun 10, 2022 at 11:05 am

        Absolutely nothing.

        LIV is already acting like the guy signing the checks. MBS is fond of murdering anyone he does not care for.

        Scared of a reporter? Two thrown out so far. The tough questions are not going away, but you can be sure the corporate sponsors are.

  8. Big Guy

    Jun 8, 2022 at 10:06 am

    So, what was the question??

    • Rick

      Jun 8, 2022 at 4:38 pm

      That was only reason I click on this article. Crickets.

    • amgpuma

      Jun 9, 2022 at 2:40 pm

      The same reporter asked a question earlier in the day regarding the human rights record of Saudi Arabia. In the end, the reporter was reportedly allowed back in.

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Zach Johnson gets revenge on controversial sports writer over 15-year-old insult

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When Zach Johnson won the 2007 Masters, he had the likes of then-world number one Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen, Justin Rose and Vijay Singh behind him. It was a convincing performance from a player that had two below-average previous outings at Augusta (missed-cut/32) and had missed seven of the last 11 cuts in all majors.

Whilst it impressed most, sportswriter and then ESPN columnist Rick Reilly was unconvinced by the performance, commenting on Dan Patrick’s radio show that, “I think Zach Johnson–in 10 years–has a real chance to be your server at Olive Garden.”

Oops.

After three further wins , including back-to-back victories at the Texas Open, Reilly was on a visit to Johnson’s home town, Iowa, to host a television show about quarterback Kurt Warner, and was forced to admit, “Of course, it turned out to be the dumbest comment in the history of golf commentary. Good for (Zach), he shut me up.”

When an ESPN reader emailed in to call him out for his bad read, Reilly conceded he blew this one and wrote, “If I don’t shut up, I’ll be working for him.”

Johnson won seven further titles, his last victory being the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews, venue for this year’s 150th Open, making it 15 professional victories with a highest world ranking of 7, and end-of-season 9th.

And Zach has never let Reilly forget it.

On Monday, Reilly was once again in Johnson’s hometown on a publicity tour for his recently released book, So Help Me Golf, an insight into everything he’s thought of and experienced in his many years involved with the game we love. Johnson saw his chance.

While speaking at Cedar Rapids Country Club, Johnson left Reilly a present  – a gift card for the Olive Garden – at a value equivalent to the price of his book.

“Uh, I was WAY wrong,” Reilly tweeted on Wednesday. “Monday night I was back in Iowa. Waiting for me was a present from him, a $30 gift card to fill my big mouth with.”

 

15 years ago, Rick Reilly had Zach Johnson down as a server. Today, Zach Johnson is the winner of more than $47 million, stands in the top-15 of the PGA all-time money list, and is preparing to lead the US team at the 2023 Ryder Cup.

Way wrong!

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This hilarious tale suggests Phil Mickelson may not be the wine expert everyone thinks he is

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On Thursday, Phil Mickelson made his long-awaited playing return on home soil at the U.S. Open at Brookline, shooting a disappointing 78 to all but end his hopes of completing an unlikely career grand slam.

Mickelson has been largely absent from 2022 after Alan Shipnuck’s book “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar” revealed Lefty’s intentions to use the Saudi-backed LIV Golf group as leverage against the PGA Tour.

Shipnuck’s biography hits the shelves in Europe today, allowing plenty more eyeballs to peer into the wild and entertaining life of the most charismatic golfer of his time.

One particular tale from the book revolved around a bottle of red wine and a hustle that likely even Mickelson would grudgingly have to respect. Phil is well known for his love of wine, but on this particular day, his game was off.

The incident occurred at Pebble Beach when on-course reporters Peter Kostis and Gary McCord were at the house of a man named Ernie Garcia.

In the book, Kostis picks up the story saying:

“It’s a great house with a formidable wine cellar, we dug around pretty deep. The last bottle we had before Phil came to join us was an 82 Petrus, a Bordeaux that can retail for low 5-figures a bottle.

Knowing Phil was coming, we got some 86 Silver Oak, a perfectly good Cabernet that sells for around $120 and poured it into the Petrus bottle that we had just emptied. We put the cork back in with a corkscrew in it so that it looks like we’re in the middle of opening it up. Phil arrives and says, ‘What are we drinking, boys?’ and I say, ‘well, it’s 82 Petrus’. Phil’s an expert on everything in his own mind, so he’s excited because he knows this is a big bottle of wine. We pour him a glass, he takes a sip, and he smacks his lips and goes, ‘Ahh, nectar of the Gods’

To this day, Phil doesn’t know that we switched it out, and you know he’s out there telling everyone that 82 Petrus is the best wine he’s ever had.”

While the biography has generated plenty of negative reaction from Mickelson’s beloved fans, there is an abundance of tales from the book that will likely make his supporters admire golf’s most colorful superstar even more.

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The 4 box office names rumored to be LIV bound

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When Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and others joined the Saudi backed LIV Golf Series, it turned the world of golf upside down. The story has dominated headlines and is unthinkably overshadowing this week’s U.S. Open in Brookline, MA.

It now looks as if things could get a whole lot more interesting.

Reports indicate that Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, and Viktor Hovland are now being rumored to be considering offers to join LIV Golf after the conclusion of the U.S. Open.

A twitter account called “Flushing It” shared the speculation.

Another account called “Secret Tour Pro” is claiming to have similar information.

The drama over the coming weeks is sure to intensify.

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