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Gambler convicted of insider trading to detail ‘long and complicated relationship’ with Phil Mickelson in new book

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If you thought Alan Shipnuck’s article and book were bad news for Phil Mickelson, then wait for August.

The article, posted on The FirePit Collective website and titled ‘The Truth About Phil Mickelson and Saudi Arabia’, started the infamous treadmill of LIV news, resulting in lawsuits, bitter disputes between players and rows surrounding the official world ranking points.

The publishers of Shipnuck’s unauthorised biography are now set to release ‘Gambler: Secrets from a Life at Risk’, a book by famed gambler Billy Walters, detailing his relationship with the three-time Masters champion.

Co-written by Armen Keteyian, who also co-wrote ‘Tiger Woods’, the publication is set to cause a stir when published on August 15th, two days after the 11th event of a 14 tournament LIV schedule.

Per the press release: “Walters also breaks his silence about his long and complicated relationship with Hall of Fame professional golfer Phil Mickelson.”

Perhaps it’s a coincidence that the event is at Trump National Bedminster, as the book will surely reveal more about Walters’ early release from a prison sentence, served on him after being found guilty of ten counts of insider trading. President Donald Trump commuted the sentence as one of his last acts of office, with the White House claiming Mickelson–as well as swing instructor Butch Harmon and TV commentators David Feherty and Peter Jacobsen–helped with the commutation.

Whilst Mickelson’s attorney strongly denied the claim, his connection to Walters remains strong via a link with profits made from insider trading, helping him pay off a near $2 million gambling debt.

In May last year, Shipnuck revealed that Walters refused an offer to speak to him, instead preferring to publish his thoughts in his own book.

He summed up the forthcoming release with: “Phil’s nervous about that book, and he probably should be.”

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‘How is this free?’ – Phil Mickelson provides short game instruction video that every golfer should watch

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On Thursday, Phil Mickelson took to social media to share a tip with amateur golfers.

In the video, he talks about “hand speed, not club head speed”.

He then explains that when chipping, we want “hand speed”, unlike a shot with a driver, when club head speed is more important.

“We don’t want the club accelerating and having the ball jump off the face”

The video is certainly worth watching and any time you can get advice from one of the most creative shot makers in the history of the game, it makes sense to listen!

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The total sum that Sergio Garcia needs to pay in fines if he wants to return to DP World Tour revealed

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While speaking with Rick Shiels in a video that was recorded in November but aired in February, Sergio Garcia surprisingly revealed that he intended on getting his DP World Tour card back so he could play in another Ryder Cup. In order for the Spaniard to remain a member, he’d have to play in a minimum of four DP World Tour events per season.

“I am going to be a member again of the European Tour,” he said. “I always said that I wanted to, when I joined LIV, keep being a member of the DP World Tour. Obviously, they didn’t make it too easy to be able to do that, I want to give myself the best possibility of playing the Ryder Cup.

“Only playing a handful of events, it is not easy to make it unless you do super well. But I guess at the end of the day if I am eligible, they see I am making the effort and I do well with LIV and I am consistent then at least hopefully I can be considered, not only because of my game but what I can bring to the team, and my history in the event.”

However, it appears Garcia did not apply to play on the DP World Tour and has missed the deadline to do so. While speaking with James Corrigan of The Telegraph, DP World Tour officials are skeptical of Garcia’s efforts.

“Sergio is either in denial or he is completely oblivious to the hurdles he must clear to become a member again.”

Corrigan added that “Officials at Wentworth headquarters were baffled by Garcia’s comments”.

Another major problem for Sergio is the fact that he owes about $1 million in fines to the DP World Tour.

The source told Corrigan:

“Sergio’s statement was bizarre, seeing as he resigned when refusing to pay the first fine,” a source said. “He is probably hoping a deal is worked out in the current negotiations with PIF [the Saudi sovereign wealth fund], and there is an amnesty and a clear pathway back.

“But there is a strong feeling among the tour’s rank and file that the fines will have to be honoured first – and Sergio has only so far offered to pay if he could be considered for the Ryder Cup.

“Let’s just say that as of now his plan is unlikely and there is a stipulation that the regulations for 2024 stipulate that applications for membership can be rejected for any reason whatsoever.”

Clearly, despite Garcia’s words in the Rick Shiels interview, the all-time leading scorer in European Ryder Cup history’s priorities remain elsewhere.

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Tour pro calls Anthony Kim a ‘f*****g idiot’ following Instagram comeback post

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In what’s become a staple of his social media game over the past few seasons, DP World Tour player Eddie Pepperell took to X to call a few LIV golfers “f*****g idiots.”

The Englishman was referring to Talor Gooch’s comments regarding a Rory McIlroy potential Masters victory having an asterisk due to certain LIV players not being in the field.

“If Rory McIlroy completes his Grand Slam without some of the best players in the world, there’s just going to be an asterisk,” Gooch said to Australian Golf Digest.

In terms of Pepperell’s “haters” comment, he was referring to Anthony Kim’s Instagram post, where at the end AK says, “Hello Haters. I’m Back”.

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