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

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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

      Cute

    • 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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PGA Tour reveals full list of winners from 2021-22 season’s Player Impact Program

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The results of the 2021-2022 PGA TOUR season’s Player Impact Program have been revealed.

The total prize pool for the PIP has been increased from $40 million last season to $100 million and is now spread out between 20 players instead of 10. However, the PIP now offers more than just financial incentive. The top 20 players in this year’s PIP standings will be invited to the 12 “elevated events” on the 2023 calendar.

As revealed by the PGA Tour, the PIP winners and their bonuses are as follows:

  • 1. Tiger Woods $15,000,000
  • 2. Rory McIlroy $12,000,000
  • 3. Jordan Spieth $9,000,000
  • 4. Justin Thomas $7,500,000
  • 5. Jon Rahm $6,000,000
  • 6. Scottie Scheffler $5,500,000
  • 7. Xander Schauffele $5,000,000
  • 8. Matt Fitzpatrick $5,000,000
  • 9. Will Zalatoris $5,000,000
  • 10. Tony Finau $5,000,000
  • 11. Collin Morikawa $3,000,000
  • 12. Shane Lowry $3,000,000
  • 13. Kevin Kisner $3,000,000
  • 14. Max Homa $3,000,000
  • 15. Billy Horschel $3,000,000
  • 16. Rickie Fowler $2,000,000
  • 17. Adam Scott $2,000,000
  • 18. Jason Day $2,000,000
  • 19. Patrick Cantlay $2,000,000
  • 20. Viktor Hovland $2,000,000

The fact that Tiger Woods won the PIP despite playing in just nine competitive events proves that his presence in the game of golf will always be what moves the needle as long as he’s involved with the PGA Tour.

Max Homa also sees Tiger winning the PIP on a regular basis going forward barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Collin Morikawa, who finished eleventh for the second consecutive year, took to Twitter to share his thoughts.

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Changes to the famous 13th hole at Augusta National appear to be complete

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Azalea has changed.

The famous par-5 13th hole at The Masters, the scene of many an eagle and considered a gimme birdie for many of today’s big hitters, has been lengthened. And we don’t need to wait for the 2023 media release to find out how.

For the 2022 tournament, Augusta chiefs were hoping to reveal changes to the 11th and 15th holes, but were beaten to it by @EurekaEarthPlus who have now become the go-to for mid-season changes to the course.

Yesterday, the drone revealed for the first time how much work Augusta has carried out on the 13th, and it hopefully stops the drive onto a favouring sloped fairway and short iron into the green.

The tee box appears to have been taken back around 40-50 yards and offers more of a closed chute to the drive. This should create more thought to positional play off the tee, and a longer second shot – another effort to stop the first major of the year becoming a long-hitters paradise.

It was March last year when we saw the initial amendments to the course. It’s November this time.

Is it ever too early for Augusta news?

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Iconic piece of Tiger Woods memorabilia goes up for auction

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Tiger’s coming back, and the golfing world can’t wait.

It may only be the 20-man Hero World Challenge, and then a couple of made for-tv events, but the sight of the 15-time major winner is enough.

The mere name puts a shiver down golf enthusiasts and when Tiger memorabilia is available, expect utter madness.

Earlier this year, GolfWRX reported on the auction of the 46-year-old’s Grand Slam clubs, sticks that eventually sold for over $5 million, and now the same auction house is offering one of the famous red shirts worn by Tiger at Augusta, this one from the final round of 2010.

According to Ryan Carey of auctioneers, Golden Age Auctions, the shirt has a little extra, being the only Masters Sunday shirt available:

“We believe this is the only Sunday red from a Masters Tournament that has been auctioned, and the others might not surface. The shirt is signed by Woods. Normally that would help the price a tiny bit, but I think it helps even more with this one. It has a massive inscription that says ‘2010 Masters Final Round,’ and Tiger doesn’t autograph stuff like that very often. It’s a huge autograph, too. This one is special that he did that.”

The shirt is also the first Sunday red donned by Woods following the infamous sex scandal in 2009 that saw Tiger take an extended break from the sport.

Strangely, Woods-connected items have not always been a big mover.

Various back-up Scotty Cameron putters have sold for between 80k to 100k, but signed scorecards from the US Open failed to make their $100 reserve.

Golf balls, though, now there’s a thing.

The ball sunk for victory at the 2005 Masters sold for over $30k, whilst standard signed Nike balls continue to surpass their first bid by some way.

Tiger may be a huge name in golf, but can he attract the sort of attention of the huge worldwide megastars.

Carey hopes so.

“Game-worn sports memorabilia, especially items photo-matched to a memorable moment or historic event, are setting records all around the world this year,” he explained. “A Michael Jordan jersey recently sold for $10.1 million at Sotheby’s, and a Diego Maradona soccer jersey recently sold for $9.3 million.”

The auction started yesterday with an opening bid expected of $5k, and with no way of knowing how the market will go, this could be the perfect time to ramp up the ‘he’s coming’ news.

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