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Phil Mickelson makes a couple of interesting equipment changes for LIV Golf’s Portland event

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For many years, golf fans watched Phil Mickelson using what may have been one of the shortest putters on tour, but while he won the PGA Championship with his trusty Odyssey Milled Blade “Phil Mickelson” he’s been tinkering with the length for a while.

Last September at the Fortinet Championship, Phil was spotted with a new, extended, grip on the flat stick, allowing him to create an ‘arm-lock’ style that made him feel as if, “I’ll get on a roll and just start making a lot.”

So to this week’s LIV tournament at Pumpkin Ridge, and the six-time major winner is experimenting once again.

Twitter’s ‘Phil Mickelson Tracker’ posted a photo of his extended putter with the one-word exclamation “#Armlock!”

The replies were mostly positive, suggesting it can only help the three-time Masters champion improve past some poor putting stats. Indeed, since a standout gain of over 12 shots putting at Kiawah Island, Lefty has lost strokes to the field in nine of his last 12 recorded starts, with his worst performance being a loss of over ten shots at the BMW Championship last August. No wonder he lobbed on the extra rubber at Napa.

With his Callaway deal on hold, Mickelson has also made a change in his wedges.

Lefty has a Ping Eye2 wedge in the bag this week, with the model being an Eye2 XG (a reproduction of the original Eye 2 but with 2010 conforming grooves) which he has used occasionally since 2014. 

Mickelson sits T30 after the opening day’s action in Portland, after shooting a disappointing round of 3 over par on Thursday.

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  1. Mickey Mantle

    Jul 4, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    I think the PGA v Liv guys meet in a mall, say LA and have it out!

    Show it Live on pay per view!

    PGA skinny fit guys vs Old Fat cats!

    Ridiculous.

    • Hulieo Aeglesis

      Jul 5, 2022 at 6:36 pm

      LMAO! Clearly, you’re an indoctro-procto syndrome sufferer, but don’t feel bad. They’re MILLIONS of you oxygen wasting ‘zombies’ out there that NO ONE would miss if you all died today….

  2. Painter33

    Jul 2, 2022 at 7:38 am

    I’m confused. Does the Murder Tour allow non-conforming clubs? Have they chosen to ignore the club standards in favor of entertainment? Sounds like what Fox does with “news”. And another observation: the Blood Money golfers claiming to getting “time off” – they can sit out as many PGA Tour events as they want but have to play/win enough to keep their cards, so this is another BS justification for just leaving for the blood money.

  3. geohogan

    Jul 1, 2022 at 11:03 am

    Tied for 30th after day 1.. Well done Phil
    Like a 5 year old millenial, its not how you perform
    that counts. For narcissits like you, its the money you make for just showing up.

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Euro pro shares priceless Tiger Woods story involving a Portaloo at Oakmont

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When you’ve just won the US Amateur, playing alongside defending champion Geoff Ogilvy and Tiger Woods at Oakmont will have been an exciting but daunting prospect.

Nerves would have been jangling as Richie Ramsay teed it up alongside the 2006 WGC Match Play champion and the then 10-time major winner, so imagine unintentionally winding up Tiger, at the time the undisputed King of golf.

Interviewed by DP World Tour’s Life On Tour podcast, the four-time European Tour winner recalled the time he accidentally shook up the number one legend of the modern game, in 2007.

The Scot explains:

“I was playing with Ogilvy and Tiger at Oakmont. Playing with Tiger, I’d never even seen the guy in real life before,” he said.

“It was pretty daunting. There’s a walk through to the 11th tee and it’s a 200-yard walk through trees.”

“I’m lagging behind. I’ve made double bogey,” he continued. “My caddie has gone ahead of me and I’m swinging the putter, and I thought ‘this is not a good idea because I’ve got the putter in my hand and I feel like I just want to throw it away’.”

The tale goes on. “There’s a Portaloo halfway down the walkway and there’s nobody there, and I just rattled this Portaloo with the putter and keep walking.”

“As I walk up to the tee, I look up. I can see Squirrel, who’s Geoff Ogilvy’s caddie, Geoff Ogilvy, Steve Williams, my caddie and no Tiger Woods.”

“I’m like ‘oh f***’. So he comes up and just looks up and I’m at the back trying to hide behind my caddie, because I’ve absolutely rattled this Portaloo and he’s been inside.”

“He must have got the shock of his life.”

Tiger eventually finished level with Jim Furyk in second place at 6-over, one shot behind eventual winner Angel Cabrera.

Clearly that year, Oakmont was brutal in more than one way!

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Serena Williams reveals the advice from Tiger that inspired her to play the US Open before retiring

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Serena Williams and Tiger Woods have been the dominant force in their respective sports since breaking onto the scene in the mid to late ’90s.

Williams, now 40, has amassed 23 tennis grand slam titles (the most of any male or female player in the Open era), while Woods, 46,  with his 82 PGA Tour titles and 15 slams, has always been head and shoulders above the rest.

While Woods has vowed to continue his competitive golfing career, despite injuries now severely hampering him, Serena this week announced that she would be “evolving away from tennis”, with the US Open at Flushing Meadows to be her last tournament.

In her retirement announcement in an essay for Vogue, Williams revealed that she may not have played the US Open, that begins at the end of the month, if it were not for Tiger, who she leaned on for advice ahead of her retirement.

“This spring, I had the itch to get back on the court for the first time in seven months.” began Williams, “I was talking to Tiger Woods, who’s a friend, and I told him I needed his advice on my tennis career. I said, ‘I don’t know what to do: I think I’m over it, but maybe I’m not over it.’ He’s Tiger, and he was adamant that I be a beast the same way he is! 

He said, ‘Serena, what if you just gave it two weeks? You don’t have to commit to anything. You just go out on the court every day for two weeks and give it your all and see what happens.’ I said, ‘All right, I think I can do that.’ And I didn’t do it. But a month later, I gave it a try. It felt magical to pick up a racket again. And I was good. I was really good. I went back and forth about whether to play Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open after that. As I’ve said, this whole evolution thing has not been easy for me.”

Serena didn’t play for a year due to a hamstring injury before returning to the grass this summer.

Considering this Tweet from her back in 2019 when Tiger won the Masters, it’s no surprise that the 15-time major champ’s words have inspired her to empty the tank before calling it a day.

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‘To play an event like this is a dream for me’ – Patrick Reed on this week’s Asian Tour event

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One of the main reasons given by players moving from the PGA Tour to the LIV series was to allow more time between events, to be at home more often, and to have the freedom to choose which events to play throughout the season.

In the last week or so, we have seen 11 LIV golfers serve a lawsuit on the PGA Tour and subsequently receive an in-depth reply and denial of charges. Three of the 11 – Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford – have since seen their application for a Temporary Restraining Order denied by the courts, therefore being unable to play in the first (or following) FedEx play-off events, starting on Thursday.

2018 Masters champion, Patrick Reed, has had his many controversies over the years and after agreeing to sign for the LIV series, spoke of how it allowed him more free time.

“On top of it, just the quality of life for us as players now, having less events, being able to spend more time at home with the family,” was an admirable take by Reed.

“If you have kids, being able to spend time with your children, and not sitting there and having to play three, four weeks in a row, then have a week off, and during that week off you’re preparing, trying to get ready for the next week.”

Great, hard to argue with that notion.

Yet, here he is, just a couple of months later, playing the LIV-backed International Series Singapore before taking in a similar event in Korea, just a few days later, surely not giving much time to jet home and spend more time with Justine and the kids.

Having dropped to #46 in the world rankings, and with no OWGR points currently awarded to LIV events, Reed is in danger of slipping out of the top-50 and losing the considerable privileges that come with it – that is if the leading organizations do eventually allow all LIV players to compete.

With the backing of LIV Golf, but not an exclusive event, the Asian Tour events do carry OWGR points. However, as the official world ranking site shows, winning here will not make a tremendous deal of difference to the standings, the eventual champion receiving around 7.5 points compared with 69 points for the winner at St. Jude and nearly 15 at the DP World Tour event in Northern Ireland.

Reed doesn’t see that as an issue, saying that, “World ranking points always help, but at the end of the day, for me, coming over here, I’d heard great things about this place.

“And coming in, I knew I wanted to play a little bit after the last event we played in Bedminster, and it fit the schedule.

“For me, it’s more about travelling and playing golf and trying to grow the game around the world–and not just staying at home and playing at home. I have always loved traveling and playing, so to play an event like this is a dream for me.”

Once out in the mainstream, there was, of course, plenty of social media reaction.

Responding to a tweet by @BunkeredOnline, one user commented, “Wow….that seems strange, given his reasons for joining LIV. “He asserted that being on the road and away from his kids, the possibility that he wasn’t being a good dad, was beginning to affect his play.” Hopefully, sometime in Asia will help with those issues!”

Opinions come and go. What the majority are calling for is the honest answer to why the players are making the choices they are.

With the legal moves in process and still to come, this could get even nastier than it has already.

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