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



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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  1. Michael

    Jun 19, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    There’s one God, Phil. No wonder you flocked to the godless.

  2. Gene Stevens

    Jun 18, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Hey GolfWRX,why don’t you start putting bonesaw into your pieces like the Golf Channel clown show?

  3. DaveJ

    Jun 17, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    That $120 Cab is rather excellent and could certainly be called “the nectar of the Gods”. Other than one bottle being a Cab and the other a Merlot, the difference in quality would be hard to decipher for anyone who isn’t a professional sommelier.

  4. DrG

    Jun 17, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Foolish story, virtually no one drinks $120 wine… a minuscule proportion of people on the planet. I’m sure it tastes great and pefectly comparable to a rare $10000 wine .
    I have heard stories of top dollar wine being corked etc.
    Anyone with a self denigrating sense of humour would see the funny side of this .
    Getting refreshed on five figure wines.. not cool , at, all.

  5. Joey5Picks

    Jun 17, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    Shocker…FIGJAM is a big phony. Who knew?

  6. Tim

    Jun 17, 2022 at 11:39 am

    Great story!! Not really – it just seems to me that the golfing world wants to continue to pile on Phil. So what if he did not know – I bet super Kostis or McCord would know the difference. Plus, Kostis needs to disappear and stop open his mouth. Bye Bye Kostis…

    • Wine is Wine

      Jun 17, 2022 at 12:44 pm

      OK, let’s assume “no one” could tell the difference. That just points out the idiocy of Phil thinking one bottle is worth $120 and another is worth thousands.

      Wine snobs are suckers.

  7. Jose I. Maruri

    Jun 17, 2022 at 11:32 am

    That’s hardly something almost anyone could differentiate. He’s a numnut, but not because of this.

  8. Ernie Els

    Jun 17, 2022 at 11:00 am

    So dumb. No one would know. Story would be better if it was a $10 Cab.

  9. DB

    Jun 17, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Haha this isn’t the own everyone seems to think it is. Most people reading this aren’t drinking $120 wine let alone $10k. Oh so he couldn’t tell the difference, who cares. What a stupid prank to even attempt.

  10. Michaele

    Jun 17, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Quite frankly my dear, I don’t give a you-know-what. Phil and the rest of them have shown themselves to be no different than the politicians. Only the money matters. There is no personal responsibility or moral value system anymore. It is sad to see it extend to golf which was until LIV, about somethings other than money.

    So now there will be more of them with eff you money, but they will stile the same miserable lowlifes they were previously and now in bed with Norman who is one of the most bitter, angry, miserable, revenge motivated people over to have some success in the game of golf as well as a regime that has sanctioned murder, subjugates women and executes people lie they were giving out parking tickets.

    Odds are pretty good I am done.

  11. Tom Kay

    Jun 17, 2022 at 10:37 am

    GolfWRX has a vendetta against Phil.

    • Michaele

      Jun 17, 2022 at 10:53 am

      Vendetta? He has gotten kid glove treatment up to now and until he opened his big fat mouth to Shipnuck. What kind if a fool says that stuff to a reporter? He was probably at least half in the bag when he shot off his mouth. He has earned every bit of what he is going through.

      There is no shortage of despicable or ego-driven humiliation stories in Phil’s history. If anything, the media has held back the worst over the years. Phil has wished for all of it and no one is lying when they tell Phil stories. There are some that show a different side of him, but he is mostly remembered by people for stuff most of us would not want to be remembered for.

      His front of always smiling, saying hello, signing autographs and glad handing everyone is just that – a front. The people that have worked with him over the years know the truth far better than one of groupies does. He has a very bad professional and person to person reputation and has consistently shown very bad judgement. Chickens come home to roost.

      Someday when Mickelson has passed away, no one will care one iota about the size of his bank account, but history will tell about the kind if a person he was and how he behaved when it was time to you are a person of character and integrity.

    • Bob

      Jun 17, 2022 at 11:59 pm

      GolfWRX has a vendetta against evil pretending to be good and using golf as a screen. To hell with the Bonesaw Tour and the weak souls who sellout.

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‘I don’t think that makes any sense’ – Patrick Cantlay calls out golf course architects



In the past seven years, the BMW Championship has been played at seven different golf courses.

This year’s BMW Championship will be hosted by Wilmington Country Club in Delaware, which is a course that’s never been utilized in a professional event prior to this week.

Despite the novelty of the course, defending champion Patrick Cantlay sees plenty of similarities between Wilmington Country and the host of last year’s event, Caves Valley.

“I don’t think there’s too much strategy to this golf course. I think it’s pretty right in front of you and similar to last year,” Cantlay said ahead of his title defense. “The venues between last year and this year are actually really similar, I think, in style of golf.”

The course is relatively long, measuring in at 7,534 yards as a Par 71. Cantlay was critical of the way golf architects have used adding length as the way to attempt to make courses more difficult.

“I think it’s really long. I think it’s also strange to me that we play so many golf courses that all they do is add length to the golf courses. It’s so surprising to me that the golf courses that none of the guys who hit it far, they don’t go to Hilton Head, they don’t go to Colonial, they don’t go to the short, small, dogleggy tree-lined golf courses,” Cantlay explained.

“The way we combat the distance, the way these architects seem to think they want to combat distance is by taking all the trees out and playing it 7,600 yards and put the tees way back and all the par-5s are at 600 yards. I don’t think that makes any sense.

“I’m surprised every time I come to a golf course where they say it’s recently been redone and then there’s no real shaping of golf shots. It’s just how far can you hit it and grab your driver on every hole and hit it as high and hit it as far as you possibly can. If you can hit it 315 yards, you’ve taken out all the bunkers, and you’re maybe in the rough, but it’s way better in the rough with a 9- or 8-iron than it is maybe in the fairway with a 5-iron if you were to lay up to the fat part of the fairway before the bunkers.”

“I’m so surprised that they haven’t figured it out, and it just seems like we’re getting more and more of the same bomb-it-as-far-as-you-can golf courses week after week.”

Last year’s BMW Championship played extremely easy, with Cantlay winning at -27 in a playoff with Bryson DeChambeau. Considering his opinion that Wilmington will play similarly to Caves Valley, we are likely in store for another shootout this week.

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2022 BMW Championship Betting Tips: Back Rory for glory in Delaware



The PGA TOUR has reached the penultimate event of the 2022 season as we head to Wilmington, Delaware to play the BMW Championship.

The top 70 players left standing in the race for the FedEx Cup will tee it up this week looking to punch their ticket to East Lake.

This is the first time the BMW Championship will be played at Wilmington Country Club and the event has had a different host in each of the past six years.

Wilmington Country Club is a par 71 measuring 7,534 yards and features Bentgrass greens. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and renovated by Keith Foster in 2008.

The BMW Championship will be a no-cut event with the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings moving on to next week.

BMW Championship Outright Bets

Rory McIlroy (+1000)

I am all in on Rory McIlroy this week. It’s rare for me to ignore most of the board and put all of my chips on the favorite, but I believe the BMW Championship is one of the few events on TOUR where it’s the most logical strategy.

The FedEx Cup playoffs typically yield elite winners, and I don’t anticipate that this week will be any different. Specifically, the last three winners of the BMW Championship have been Patrick Cantlay who defeated Bryson DeChambeau in a playoff, Jon Rahm who defeated Dustin Johnson in a playoff, and Justin Thomas. All five of the players who’ve either won or had a chance to win in the last three editions of the event have been big name stars. There are plenty of weeks during the course of the season to chase value, but this isn’t one of those weeks.

Rory McIlroy missed the cut at last week’s FedEx Cup St. Jude Championship. For many players on TOUR, that could be a concern. Not for Rory. Three of McIroy’s past eight victories on TOUR have come after a missed cut in his previous start. He won the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitation after missing the cut at the Valspar Championship, the 2019 Canadian Open after missing the cut at the Memorial Tournament, and the 2021 Wells Fargo after missing the cut at The Masters. In addition to his wins after missed cuts, the 21-time TOUR winner has three top-six finishes after a missed cut as well. It may not seem like that many, but for a player who’s only missed ten cuts since the start of the 2018 season it’s significant sample size.

While this is a new course on TOUR, the first glance course fit for McIlroy at Wilmington Country Club seems ideal. Rory has been excellent on Robert Trent Jones designs and typically plays well on tree-lined classical layouts. He’s also been one of the best putters on Bentgrass this season and ranks 3rd in the field in his past 24 rounds putting on the surface.

In addition to the incredible putting of late, McIlroy also ranks 5th in the field in his past 24 rounds in Strokes Gained: Approach. He’s gained strokes on the field in nine consecutive events and that should prove to be a major advantage this week with the greens at Wilmington Country Club being absolutely massive.

With six of the past seven BMW Championships having a winning score of -20 or better, I believe this week will be another low scoring affair. The 33-year-old ranks first in the field in Birdie or Better and should be able to keep up with the scoring pace if the event turns into a shootout.

It’s been a month since Rory’s heartbreak at St. Andrews, and I believe this is the week he bounces back and adds to his all-time lead in FedEx Cup career earnings.


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Controversial ESPN host says he’s ‘disgusted’ by Tiger Woods in unpopular rant



On Tuesday, a closed meeting amongst several of the golf hierarchy, all assembled for a PGA Tour player meeting including none other than Tiger Woods.

ESPN’s divisive host Stephen A. Smith isn’t happy about it, though.

On Tuesday’s edition of First Take, the outspoken presenter made it clear that, in his opinion, it is disgusting that Tiger Woods is putting his considerable might behind the PGA Tour in the ‘battle’ against LIV.

Smith ranted:

“I’m disgusted by it. Let me explain why. The United States government, their number two trade partner, from what I’ve read, is Saudi Arabia. a host of U.S. corporations, and I apologize, I just googled it, I just looked it up just now. If I’m wrong about anybody, please forgive me, General Electric, AT&T, Bank of America, Halliburton Company, Pfizer International. A whole bunch of people. If I’m wrong, I apologize, it was online. Talk about these major corporations doing business. I don’t know. I just said it was online, so I don’t know. But I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say U.S. corporations doing big business with Saudi Arabia and suddenly individuals are looking to get paid and everybody is in an uproar?”

Hinting at anti-competition regulations, the presenter continued:

“I thought this was America. I thought we were a capitalistic society. I thought competition breeds our greatness. That’s what I thought. Tiger Woods is sitting there acting like the PGA should be the only game in town. When do we say that? Now granted, if you’re the only game in town, you’re the only game in town. We see it in USFL and we see Arena Football but we know it’s the NFL and then everybody else. You can have the G League and college basketball, but we know it’s the NBA and everybody else.

“You got Major League Baseball, we understand that you can have those things, but the chances of you usurping them and eclipsing them are slim to none. They are established brands in the United States of America that garner the support of millions and as a result that’s what we gonna flow with. I’m good with that. That’s America. You establish your level of dominance to the point that it don’t matter what some competition is going to do, cool. This is different.”

Smith then puts the 15-time major winner in the spotlight:

“You got Tiger Woods supporting, feeling like players betrayed the PGA. What do you owe the PGA? Show the PGA, you work, you produce, you go out there and you earn your money,” he said. “They don’t pay everybody. Winners get paid. Losers don’t necessarily get paid. I don’t know all the particulars … and I’m not pretending to. I’m addressing principle, meaning American principle.”

“Now I’m a Black man first forever and always and very, very proud of it,” continued Smith. “But I am a proud American citizen and I do believe in the American system when it talks about capitalism, when it talks about meritocracy and handling your business and handling your own and may the best man and woman win. So if you better than LIV, be better!”

Referring to the feelings presented by the families of the victims of the 9/11 tragedy, Smith said:

“…the intensity you exercise toward golfers who want to compete under the LIV umbrella, we do the same thing to the government and the corporations. If you ain’t doing it for them, don’t do it to the individual players.”

Reaction to the speech, transcribed on has been, naturally, very mixed.

Support for the controversial presenter was limited with many taking an opposite stance.

Indeed, the general feeling was summed up by one respondent on the site:

“There is no explanation that will rationalize away the Saudi’s human rights violations. I don’t measure good and bad based on what American corporations do. They would sell their mother to the taliban if it meant bigger profits. I am happy that Tiger Woods is calling out the LIV golfers and trying to get more backing for the PGA. The LIV golfers have dug their grave and they can lie in it now. The Saudi’s believe in women as 2nd class citizens, and LGBTQ are even lower. They believe in corporal punishment which is vile. I DO have a problem with the idiot Smith fella criticizing anyone for finding fault with Saudi Arabia. I am sick of money talking, corporations deciding what is ethical and NOT prosecuting law breakers because they are politicians or rich.”

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