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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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19th Hole

Charlie Woods gives first interview after firing 68 at Notah Begay qualifying event



Over the weekend, Charlie Woods participated in the Notah Begay III Junior National Golf Championship at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

With his dad on his bag, Charlie did not disappoint.

Charlie finished tied for fourth in the Boys 12-13 division thanks to a career low four-under 68.

After his round, Charlie gave an interview and in the process gave a lot of credit to the fifteen-time major champion helping him out throughout the event.

“Dad told me to stay patient. I just played steady golf,” Charlie said.

I’m sure we will hear a lot more of the name “Charlie Woods” in the coming years.

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‘He didn’t look right’ – Tiger’s mobility issues reportedly continue as he caddies for son Charlie



Over the weekend, 13-year-old Charlie Woods played in a junior golf tournament and shot a career low 68 on his way to a second-place finish.

As great as the performance was for Charlie, a big part of the story was who he had on his bag. That’s right, his dad.

Tiger Woods caddied for Charlie during the event, and according to those in attendance, he “didn’t look right.”

According to @TWLegion on Twitter, the man who took a picture of Tiger Woods said he was in a cart all day and didn’t look completely healthy.

This adds further speculation to the health concerns of Tiger Woods. Many speculated that his lack of presence at the Presidents Cup was odd, considering he could have used a cart like the other captains of the American team. He was on the phone with Davis Love III during the match, but it was reported that he wasn’t in attendance due to “physical limitations.”

The last time we saw Tiger on the golf course — a missed cut at The Open in July — he didn’t look like he was ready to play professional golf competitively. Although his caddie Joe LaCava has speculated that we could see Woods tee it up a few times prior to the Masters in 2023, the recent developments don’t seem promising.

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‘I was pretty p****d off’ – Justin Thomas on Si-Woo Kim’s shush celebration during feisty Sunday clash



With the Internationals down four points heading into Sunday singles in the Presidents Cup, The United States threw out their de-facto leader Justin Thomas in the first match of the day. In a match where it was crucial to set the tone, International Team captain Trevor Immelmann surprisingly chose Si Woo Kim to counter Thomas.

The South Korean did not disappoint, and although the United States went on to win pretty comfortably, Kim did his job in defeating Thomas by 1-up.

Tensions ran high throughout the day, with Thomas seemingly upset over Kim’s unwillingness to concede a few short putts early in the match.

It was a bit surprising to see Thomas take exception with Kim’s insistence that he finish out some short putts, considering that the Internationals needed to make up quite a large deficit. Additionally, Thomas had been a stickler all week about giving his opponents anything that bordered on “a gimme”.

After a big par putt on the 15th, a clearly emotional “JT” gave a big fist pump in celebration. Usually quite reserved, Si Woo Kim took notice and quieted the crowd after a big par save to match Thomas.

Once again, Thomas took exception to Si Woo, admitting after the match that he was “p***** off “at Kim’s theatrics.

“Honestly, at the time, I was pretty p***** off,” said Thomas afterwards. “I think when you’re in the moment, when you’re on the other side of it, it’s something that gets you motivated, gets you pumped up a little bit.”

When asked about his reaction to the made putt, Kim said he saw Patrick Reed do the celebration at the 2014 Ryder Cup and wanted to do something to match Thomas’ energy.

“I saw that Patrick [Reed] did it before, and yeah, JT give me fist pump, and then I had to do it. And I had to make it, and I made it. Then, like, yeah, I had to do something. I think that give me more energy.”

After all was said and done, Thomas admitted that Kim had the right to celebrate his victory.

“He hit the shots and made the putts better than I did the last three holes or, really, the last nine holes when he needed to,” said Thomas. “So, I can say whatever I want about it, but he beat me. So he has the upper hand on me. But we won the Cup so that’s all that matters.”

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