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Trevor Immelman explains why he reacted the way he did to Greg Norman’s Presidents Cup well wishes

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Captain of the Presidents Cup International side, Trevor Immelman, once described LIV Golf as a “giant pain in my a**.”

In an interview with GOLF’s Subpar podcast in August, he was then unaware of the exact make-up of the side he would lead at Quail Hollow, saying that with just a few weeks to go:

“I’m working the phones like crazy trying to learn as much as I can learn, speaking to players, caddies, agents, you name it, just trying to get a feel on where we’re going to be. It’s not great, and it’s not been great for Davis [Love III]. He’s got a couple of guys he’s concerned about, as well as me. It puts us in a tough spot and it puts the tournament in a tough spot.”

The International side, who have won just one, and tied the same number, of the 13 matches since 1994, had already been denied the services of Abraham Ancer, Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace and Charl Schwartzel with their defections to LIV, before confirmation that 2022 Open Championship winner Cam Smith was also making his way over to the Greg-Norman led series.

Imagine the South African’s reaction to a tweet put out by Norman just before the start of this year’s match – a year in which he was already under immense pressure with very few giving the visiting side any hope of winning their first Presidents Cup since 1998.

The reply was simple.

“LOL”, it read, simply.

In front of the media last Friday night, the 2008 Masters winner was asked to expand on his reply.

He took the request in his stride.

“Look, any of you that have known me for the longest time know that I’m an extremely open and honest person. I pretty much say it exactly as I’m thinking it. What I said was exactly what I was doing when I read that tweet: I was laughing out loud.”

Immelman continued, “I learned long ago that lying is dangerous because you’ve got to have a good memory. So I’d rather just tell the truth.”

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Phil Mickelson likes tweet suggesting major LIV critic asked for $55m to join rebel tour

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Phil Mickelson’s recent social media activity may indicate that one of LIV Golf’s biggest critics actually attempted to join the rival league before being denied by LIV.

The speculation began when Tiger Woods’ former swing coach, Hank Haney, said on his podcast that there was a PGA Tour player who’s been adamantly against LIV that initially had attempted to join the breakaway tour for an asking price of $55 million.

Many people on Twitter immediately started speculating (and some were hoping) that the player that Haney was referencing could be Billy Horschel.

Apparently, Phil Mickelson had been monitoring the saga from his Twitter account, because as this was happening, “Lefty” started liking tweets that were accusing Horschel of being the player that asked for the $55 million.

If the player in question turned out to be Horschel, it would be a tough look for the 36-year-old. He’s gone as far as anyone in his criticism of players who’ve opted to join LIV Golf.

“I honestly don’t think that the American guys who haven’t supported the PGA Tour should be here.

“The Abraham Ancers, the Talor Goochs, the Jason Kokraks – you’ve never played this tournament, you’ve never supported the DP World Tour. Why are you here? You are here for one reason only and that’s to try and get world ranking points because you don’t have it.

“It’s hypocritical because of what some of these guys have said they wanted to play less golf. It’s pretty hypocritical to come over here and play outside LIV when your big thing was to spend more time with family and want to play less golf.”

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Tiger Woods reveals the best celebrity foursome he’s ever played with

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With Capital One’s The Match set to take place this weekend, Tiger Woods was asked about the best celebrity foursome that he’s ever played a round with.

Tiger replied:

“[John] Smoltz, [Tom] Glavine and [Greg] Maddux when they were all pitching with the Braves. That was epic. I shot 62, 62 and lost money.”

The three pitchers combined to win seven National League Cy Young Awards in the 1990s and led the Atlanta Braves to a World Series win in 1995.

The 15-time major champion was also asked what his “dream foursome” would be, to which he replied: “It wouldn’t be a foursome. It would be my dad, myself and Charlie.”

Tiger’s father, Earl, passed away in 2006 and his son, Charlie, was born in 2009.

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Former NBA star turned college golfer J.R. Smith taking lessons from Tiger’s ex-coach

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Former NBA player J.R. Smith is now taking golf lessons from Tiger Woods’ former coach, Chris Como.

The lessons can be seen on the new show “Private Lessons” on the premium subscription of GolfPass.

Of his lessons with Como, Smith said, “For me, I think the most appealing part (about taking a lesson from Como) was about like how fast the transition for him to understand. Like, obviously, everybody doesn’t think the same,” he added, “but to make to feel certain sensations in the golf swing.”

The two-time NBA Champion made $90 million as a basketball player but signed an NIL deal as a golfer in early 2022.

In addition to working with Tiger Woods and Smith, Como has also worked with Bryson DeChambeau, who won the 2020 U.S. Open under his guidance.

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