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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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Shane Lowry and Justin Thomas take shots at Bryson’s awkward attempt to own viral rope incident



“If you can’t laugh at yourself, then who can you laugh at?”

According to those search engines, both quotes can be attributed to an awful lot of people over the years, including golf legends Payne Stewart and Tiger Woods.

Sometimes, though, others don’t find it as funny.

A week ago, we reported on a viral video from LIV Chicago that showed Bryson DeChambeau losing a battle with one of the gallery ropes .

Despite the histrionics and the supposed loss of vision in one eye, he completed the event at 6-under, and finishing in the top 10.

The incident brought more attention to the tour than anything Chicago winner Cam Smith could do, and the 2020 U.S Open winner probably thought he was onto a winner when recreating the event in a re-run of Bryson v Rope.

In it, the 29-year-old prepares for the challenge like a pro boxer, before ducking under the rope with no personal damage – to the whoops of the ‘onlookers’.

It was a bit of fun, but recent BMW PGA champion, and 2022 Masters third, Shane Lowry, wasn’t at all impressed.

The 2019 Open Championship winner has always stayed fairly neutral about the Greg Norman-led tour, but there was never a doubt that he was fully behind his good friend Rory McIlroy with his views.

However, after the win at Wentworth, Lowry was a tad more open with his views:

“I just think [LIV Golf] is bad for the game. I have always said I play for trophies, not for money. That’s why I didn’t entertain it, to be honest. The reason I have never even contemplated it is I don’t think it is good for the game.”

Whilst we can’t be sure if this had any effect on his Twitter post today, it was clear what he thinks of DeChambeau’s latest stunt:

Then JT got involved and made it clear what camp he was in…

The long-standing Dunhill Links weather is always unpredictable, but home players seem to thrive whatever the conditions.

What is definite is that Lowry will not stomach much more of the clownery on show, and probably won’t be cheering Bryson on as he reached the last 64 of the World’s Longest Drive Championship.

Just as we thought things might have been calming down…..

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Why Phil Mickelson decided to drop out of lawsuit against PGA Tour



Whatever the whys and wherefores, the disputes and disagreements, the one thing the LIV series has done is get people thinking.

Much water has crossed under the bridge and a recap could go on for many hours, but it remains that something somewhere caused the PGA Tour to look at a revised schedule.

Behind all this were a number of court cases, the first being 16 players fighting their cause against a DP World Tour ban, before 11 PGA Tour players sought temporary injunctions against the tour, seeking allowance into the FedEx Cup.

Since then,  Abraham Ancer, Jason Kokrak, Carlos Ortiz and Pat Perez have dropped out of the suit, the trial scheduled to commence in 2024, and now four more have fallen by the wayside.

Those four are Ian Poulter, Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford, and more vitally, Phil Mickelson.

The idea of a series challenging the golf status quo was always in the mind of Greg Norman and his backers, and Lefty was certainly the one player that launched the idea into orbit, after a revealing interview with golf writer Alan Shipnuck.

That now leaves just three of the original 11 – Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Jones and Peter Uihlein – who are still being backed by LIV Golf.

The organization released a recent statement, commenting:

“Nothing has changed,’” confirmed LIV. “The merits of the lawsuit—the PGA Tour’s anti-competitive conduct—still stand and will be fully tested in court, and we look forward to it.”

The statement confirmed the reasons why they believe they have a strong case.

“We stand by the players who the PGA Tour has treated so poorly, but we also recognize to be successful we no longer need a wide variety of players to be on the suit. We have our players’ backs and will press our case in court against the PGA’s anti-competitive behavior.”

Losing the bigger names might be a blow to the plaintiff’s case, and Mickelson’s comments were always going to be of interest.

Lefty explained the reasons for his withdrawal to Sports Illustrated:

“I am focused on moving forward and extremely happy being a part of LIV, while also grateful for my time on the (PGA) Tour. I am pleased that the players on Tour are finally being heard, respected and valued and are benefitting from the changes recently implemented.”

He summed up:

“With LIV’s involvement in these issues, the players’ rights will be protected and I no longer feel it is necessary for me to be part of the proceedings.”

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Patrick Reed includes three golf journalists in fresh defamation lawsuit



Last month, Patrick Reed filed a defamation lawsuit against Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee. The suit has since been withdrawn, but the former Masters champion isn’t done yet.

Reed has just filed a new lawsuit against golf journalists Damon Hack, Shane Bacon and Eamon Lynch. In addition to the writers, the suit includes both PGA Tour and DP World Tour and their commissioners Jay Monahan and Keith Pelley.

The suit alleges that those mentioned are guilty of “conspiracy, defamation, injurious falsehood and tortious interference”.

The lawsuit is a whopping 96-pages long and it lists 42 “causes of action.” The causes of action include “a pattern and practice of defaming Mr. Reed.”

“These malicious attacks have created hate, aided and abetted a hostile workplace environment, and have caused substantial financial and emotional damage and harm to Mr. Reed and his family,” Reed’s attorney Larry Klayman said in a statement.

The suit claims that the defendants have cost Reed opportunities at multi-million-dollar sponsorships over the course of his career.

The documents also allege that the defendants have been “intentionally and maliciously destroying” the reputation and sales of Reed and his wife’s company, grindworksUSA, which distributes golf equipment made by the Chinese company.

Reed was set to tee it up at the Alfred Dunhill Links this week, but was forced to withdraw due to back issues resulting from a soft mattress at a French hotel.

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