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Text message EXPOSES Greg Norman as Mickelson biographer is ‘physically removed’ from LIV presser



Alan Shipnuck shared via his Twitter account that he was physically removed from the first round of LIV Golf Series’ inaugural event outside of London on Thursday.

There has been plenty of controversy surrounding Shipnuck, who spoke with Phil Mickelson back in November 2021 ahead of writing his  book titled “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar”.

During their conversation, Mickelson told Shipnuck that he wanted to take part in the new LIV Golf Invitational Series because he wanted to use Saudi Arabia’s interest in forming the league to leverage the PGA Tour into giving the players what he believes they are worth.

Mickelson claims that the comments were given to Shipnuck “off the record”, but Shipnuck has disputed that claim.

Shipnuck arrived to St. Albans with hopes of speaking to Mickelson prior to his round, but reported that Mickelson was unsurprisingly not interested in doing so.

Despite being told Mickelson did not want him there, Shipnuck went to his press conference anyway before he was forcibly removed.

Later on Thursday, Shipnuck then revealed on Twitter how he sent a text message to LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman to let him know that he was removed by security.

Shipnuck texted: “Are you aware that I just got muscled out out of Phil’s press conference by a couple of your goons? Luckily for you guys I kept my cool and deescalated the situation. Please call me to discuss.”

Norman replied: “Did not hear. Thanks for letting me know.”

Shipnuck then sent Norman a photo that he had been sent of Norman standing behind him outside the media centre, revealing that Norman was likely very well aware of what was going on.

The drama and controversy surround everything LIV Golf continues to dominate headlines. Round two of the 54 hole event is set to take place at 2:15 local time for a shotgun start.

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  1. Chuck

    Jun 15, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    After Shipnuck’s accurate, uncontested reporting…

    After Mickelson’s admission/confession to having said a lot of things he regrets…

    After Norman’s weird, impolitic and inexplicable management of LIV…

    And now after Norman’s fundamentally duplicitous treatment of Shipnuck after Shipnuck was wrongfully removed from the LIV event…

    The GolfWRX readers heap their scorn on… Shipnuck and the media??!!??

    Shipnuck, just doing the job of a very senior golf writer and doing it very well.

    I have to say; I really think this goes way beyond golf.

  2. Gene Stevens

    Jun 15, 2022 at 5:20 am

    Hahaha!Good for the little trouble making queer..

  3. Throat Puncher

    Jun 12, 2022 at 5:13 pm

    Shipnuck needs a good Throat Punch!

  4. Laura

    Jun 12, 2022 at 8:36 am

    Is Greg holding a bonesaw?

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  6. Kurtis

    Jun 11, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Hes lucky Norman didnt beat his azz himself. F Shipnutts its his tournament he can kick you out if he wants to.

    • Jerry

      Jun 12, 2022 at 10:46 am

      Sleazy sports journalist and I do not like Greg Norman. Who even watches ESPN clowns and reads anything sports writers write anymore? The scummy Boston sportswriters for decades made Ted Williams life miserable. Shippy is a POS.

    • Rich

      Jun 12, 2022 at 4:03 pm

      If Greg was a man, he would have. He’s obviously not a man and hides behind hired meathead.

      • Golfwrx=Discovery=PGA=$2BB

        Jun 12, 2022 at 7:42 pm

        Greg would literally break shipnuts

  7. Karma

    Jun 11, 2022 at 10:40 am

    This shipturd guy will get his.

  8. Michael Constantine

    Jun 11, 2022 at 9:12 am

    So he can call the security names such as goons and neck less whatever? Those dudes are just doing their jobs. He’s a POS.

    • Mike

      Jun 11, 2022 at 3:13 pm

      What’s wrong with calling a spade a spade? Neckless goons who produce nothing need to eat too.

  9. Jbone

    Jun 10, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Just trying to be the story. Journalists don’t exist

  10. Brian

    Jun 10, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Shippy looking for any excuse to keep himself relevant in any golf conversation. If it’s “off the record”, it’s off the record. Nitwit

  11. geohogan

    Jun 10, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    Shipnuts is lucky he was only kicked out.

    “physically removed” had a different meaning to MBS.

  12. Bob

    Jun 10, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    Watch for me at the US Open next week.

    I’ll be the one saying BONESAW TOUR on Phil’s good shots!

  13. Tom Kay

    Jun 10, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    Soyboy got his feelings hurt by the mean man.

  14. Rich

    Jun 10, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Bonesaw Tour won’t be bonesawing Shipnuck. I’m donating an AR-15 to him if he’s interested. Has been proven in self-defense.

    • UvaldeKid

      Jun 10, 2022 at 2:40 pm


    • Big Guy

      Jun 11, 2022 at 7:46 pm

      Stupid comment. Rest of the world will never understand the US’s insistence on those weapons being available to common (and, in your case unintelligent!) folk.

      Shipnuck pushed his luck to be the story and got most of what he wanted. The dude is a POS

      • Rich

        Jun 12, 2022 at 12:26 am

        Spoken like a historically illiterate tard. Most of the rest of the world understands genocide under communists and tyrants and regrets ceding their right to self-defense.

        • Big Guy

          Jun 12, 2022 at 3:53 am

          Yeah, ok redneck. You win. My part of world has matured beyond that ‘need’

          Let’s just stay golf related.

          • Brian

            Jun 12, 2022 at 9:11 am

            That didn’t work out so well for Ukraine, has it?

  15. Chesty Puller

    Jun 10, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Typical media asshat trying to sell a book at someone else’s expense.

  16. Gregg Matthews

    Jun 10, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Nothing to see here, Shipnuck is a troll

  17. Brandel

    Jun 10, 2022 at 8:33 am

    Shipnuck is a tool and looking for any controversy.
    Really you texted Greg instead of just turning around. How did you not notice someone standing 5 feet from you.

    If he really has a problem with the ethics of LIV golf, why is he there covering it? Why give it any media attention at all?

    • Jon

      Jun 10, 2022 at 9:03 am

      Just another idiot trying to claim to be the victim of the chaos he created.

      • Joey5Picks

        Jun 10, 2022 at 1:32 pm

        Uh, FIGJAM created the chaos by calling Shipnuck (after repeatedly denying Shipnuck’s invitations to contribute to the book) and going scorched-earth on the PGA Tour and the Saudi Golf League. In typical right-wing fashion, Phil then claims to the be the victim and being “cancelled” (the new term for consequences for our actions).

        It’s a golf reporter’s job to report on golf. That’s what Shipnuck was there to do. Does the Saudi Golf League NOT want reporters covering it? What are they trying to hide?

        • geohogan

          Jun 10, 2022 at 9:47 pm

          @joey5picks, LiV is trying to Make Golf Great Again.

    • Chuck

      Jun 15, 2022 at 6:51 pm

      He didn’t notice Norman because Norman was lurking 20 feet behind him, while bruiser security guards confronted Shipnuck face-to-face.

      Now tell me why, when Shipmuck essentially confronted Norman in a text message, Norman didn’t own the whole thing like a man and either apologize (as he should have, on reflection) or told Shipnuck straight up, “ I was there. Security was acting on my orders and I will never again credential you for another LIV event. Don’t even ask. Because I am the boss here…”

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‘WTF is a FIGJAM?’ – Greg Norman left confused by golf fan’s jibe involving infamous Mickelson nickname



Few golfers polarize their audience in the way Phil Mickelson does, which is why he is almost universally known as either ‘Lefty’, or FIGJAM.

It’s the simplest thing to work out the first of the nicknames – despite being naturally right-handed, Mickelson plays golf in a southpaw fashion – but as for the unusual alternative, that’s best left to the dictionaries.

Collins English Dictionary explains it as Australian slang for ‘a very conceited person’, but let’s get real. The acronym stands for ‘F***, I’m Good, Just Ask Me.’

In 2020, golf blog site published an article detailing the pros and cons of the Mickelson experience, entitling it ‘Phil Mickelson is not a nice guy’, and updated it a year later with the question, ‘Why is Phil Mickelson popular?’.

Not that this is an attack on the brilliant winner of six majors, and a player that would have dominated golf for several years had it not been for a certain Tiger Woods. Indeed, for years he has been a fan favourite.

But for many of the players on tour, Phil has become something of an enigma, and not always in a good way.

From stories of his fraud case to legendary gambling, to what some consider a fake front to the smiling at every gallery, Phil divides opinion.

So, how did LIV CEO Greg Norman appear completely unaware of the FIGJAM moniker?

In a recent promo video, Norman is joined by Matt Jones, Marc Leishman, Wade Ormsby and Cam Smith to read and answer some questions and points sent in by viewers.

At one point, one viewer sends in his jibe:

“I might be mad but I think Greg Norman may be the biggest FIGJAM in the world. Just saying like…”

Unaware of what’s being asked, Norman asks, “What the f*** is a FIGJAM?!” before commenting, ‘He’s right.”

Ormsby comments he doesn’t agree with the comment, before the captain of ‘Team Australia’ and most recent major winner, Smith, calms the situation by ensuring his ‘boss’ that, “I don’t agree with that either, Greg, I think you do a great job, mate.”

They then drink to Team Aussie and, off camera, no doubt consider who the biggest FIGJAM may be.

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Immelman: McGinley apologized to me after saying Presidents Cup should be mixed event



With the Americans ballooning to a -900 favorite prior to this year’s competition at Quail Hollow, most analysts believed the current version of the bi-annual event must be tweaked in order to remain relevant.

All year, Trevor Immelman has been listening.

“Blow this thing up,” he said. “They got to change the format. They got to cut the points. We got to bring the women golfers in.”

“I’ve had to listen to that crap for two years now,” The International team captain said.

Despite losing 17.5-12.5, most would agree that the Internationals did as good of a job as they could have in keeping the match competitive throughout the week. A Saturday surge kept what could have been a historic blowout from taking place.

On Claude Harmon III’s podcast this week, Immelman said that Paul McGinley of Golf Channel has apologized to him for helping drive the narrative that the current Presidents Cup doesn’t work as is, with the Irishman last week touting the idea that women should be included in the event.

“I appreciate the fact that they may be trying to think outside of the box,” he said. “But they need to come up with something else. And I hope Paul doesn’t get offended by me saying this, but he texted me on Monday. And he apologized for saying that on Live From.

“Because he realized what playing for the shield means to us. What having the opportunity to compete in the Presidents Cup against the Americans means to us. And he realized that, and he realized that his take was incorrect and he texted me to apologize. And I thanked him for having the guts to text me and to apologize and I thanked him for realizing how much that event means to us.”

Despite the International team making it somewhat competitive, there’s no denying that the American team has absolutely dominated the Presidents Cup since it’s inception.

The Americans are 14-1-1 all time in the Presidents Cup. This year, the International team looked to have arguably their strongest roster yet before Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann, Louis Oosthuizen, Abraham Ancer and Marc Leishman joined LIV Golf. With those players now ineligible, it’s hard to see a path for the Internationals to get markedly better by the time the event heads to Canada in 2024.

However, Immelman still believes no tweaks to the format are necessary.

“I find it disrespectful on all accounts, to be extremely honest with you,” he said. “I find it disrespectful to us as international golfers that are professional athletes that compete at the highest level week in and week out. We’re not scrubs. Are we as strong as the Americans? Doesn’t quite look like it right now. Have they kicked our butts in this event? They sure have. But there’s been some close calls. And so I find it disrespectful to us.”

The former Masters Champion also addressed the suggestion that the event should become mixed with men and women golfers in detail.

“I find it equally disrespectful to the women golfers. And here’s why. I don’t think women golfers need men to make them and their competitions relevant. Their competitions are already relevant. I sit down and watch every single shot of the Solheim Cup. Every single shot. It’s one of my favorite times of the year when that event goes on. I watched the U.S. Women’s Open. I watched the Women’s British Open a few weeks ago when South African Ashleigh Buhai came down the stretch, almost coughed it up and won in the playoff at Muirfield, matching Ernie Els’ win at the Open at Muirfield. Women don’t need men to make them relevant in sport. My family and I were glued to the TV when Serena Williams played her last match at the U.S. Open. She’s one of the greatest athletes to ever walk on the planet. So I find it disrespectful on all accounts when people come with that opinion.”

“Let’s leave the Presidents Cup and the International team alone, for now,” he said on the podcast. “And let us compete. And allow youngsters from Thailand and China and Japan and Korea and Australia and South Africa and Canada and all over South America, allow them to grow up with this as their goal, to be able to compete on this level.

“Because we are eventually going to win this event, I promise you.”

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The wild story involving John Daly’s secret room inside Jon Gruden’s office at Hooters HQ



Most people who encounter golf legend John Daly walk away with a story to tell about him.

On the most recent episode of Theo Von’s “This Past Weekend” podcast, both Von and his guest Caleb Pressley of Barstool Sports shared a John Daly story.

According to Von, he once saw Daly carried out of a restaurant in downtown Nashville.

“I saw John Daly overdose on gin one night and had to get carried out of a restaurant. Not even a bar.”

Pressley came back with a Daly anecdote of his own. In his early days of working for Barstool Sports, Caleb was in search of some fresh content and decided to track down Jon Gruden, who’s always good for a quote.

After doing some digging, he discovered Gruden’s office was located at the Hooter’s corporate office. Upon visiting Hooters corporate, Presley stumbled upon something even better: John Daly’s secret hiding spot.

“I went into the corporate office, and I was like ‘I’m here to see Jon Gruden.’ By the way the corporate office of Hooters… So I go in there and was like ‘I wanna go see Jon Gruden,’ and they just take me back to his office.”

“He wasn’t there, but his assistant gave me a tour… And they were like ‘This is John Daly’s room.’ And I was like ‘What do you mean John Daly’s room?’ And they open it up and it was like, you know ‘Chronicles of Narnia,’ the wall has a bunch of books that you can open?”

“It was literally that and you push it open, and it was a very small room smaller than this room, and it had a mattress on the floor, and a little putting thing, and I guess John Daly lives in there, in Jon Gruden’s office inside the Hooter’s headquarters.”

Daly has been affiliated with Hooters unofficially for decades, but he just inked an official sponsorship with them in 2022.

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