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Golf legend sounds off on ‘nutbag’ Phil Mickelson, ‘comical’ Cam Smith and ‘clown’ Sergio Garcia



While at the PGA Tour Champions breakfast in Newport Beach this week, a former major champion and fan favorite sounded off on LIV trio Phil Mickelson, Cam Smith and Sergio Garcia.

As reported by the Orange County Register, Fred Couples was a guest speaker prior to this week’s Hoag Classic, and didn’t hold back when talking about the controversial golf tour and Phil.

“If you’re giving Phil Mickelson $200 million at age 52 to shoot 74 and 75, God bless you,”

“I don’t have a problem with LIV,” Couples clarified. “What my problem has been when I tweet every now and then, is what these guys say when they go to the LIV Tour.”

Couples then criticized Cameron Smith, while refusing to actually say his name.  “The guy who won The Players Championship and British Open last year,” Couples paraphrased Smith, “Now I can have birthdays and go to the weddings of my mates.”

“I find that comical, because my favorite to ever play has five kids, 40 grandkids, and he has never missed anything – and that was Jack Nicklaus,” he said, then added that he was annoyed by “all these other clowns, like Sergio (Garcia)”.

Couples then circled back to Mickelson, calling him a “nutbag”.

“Just go to the LIV Tour but stop blasting something I’ve been a part of for 42 years, that’s my problem (with LIV players). They’re all bashing the PGA Tour, and that affects me a little bit.”

“It was on the CW a couple weeks ago, or whatever that channel everybody is laughing about, I turned it on three times. It was so bad, I couldn’t even watch anyone that I liked. They don’t show ’em. … Who won the last one? I don’t even know.”

It’s safe to say that the 1992 Masters Champion won’t be tuning in to LIV Golf Tucson this week.

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  1. Gene Stevens

    Mar 19, 2023 at 10:45 am

    His ex wife who jumped off the roof of the church they got married in was the “nutbag”…

  2. Jim Bonez Mackay

    Mar 18, 2023 at 5:39 pm

    Coppola doesn’t even play under his real name.

  3. Teat

    Mar 18, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    Freddie the child is not a legend ffs. He shouldn’t even be anywhere near the Hall of Fame. He’s just jealous that he’s too old to play for LIV and get the big cash

  4. John Robert Paton

    Mar 18, 2023 at 2:01 am

    Fred Couples is one of the greats no question but boys and girls I don’t care about LIV and all the comments about it on this publication alongside with Greg Norman, Jay Monahan, Justin Thomas and “mouth off” McIlroy are boring the balls off myself and many more however here’s one for you and I know we are in Australia but nobody I know even watches either the PGA or LIV Tour.

  5. Brian Weir

    Mar 17, 2023 at 6:22 pm

    Phil got the bookie collection thugs off his back yet?
    Apparently not

  6. Jimmy

    Mar 17, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    He’s complaining that liv players is bashing the PGA tour….Hahahahaha talk about Lack of self-awareness.
    All the PGA Tour and all of their sycophant supporters have been doing for two years is bashing liv

  7. Jim

    Mar 17, 2023 at 5:01 pm

    This is so disgusting and not what golf is always been about you have to wonder who’s pressuring these PGA players to jump the shark like this whether it’s McElroy or this cheater… golf is always had diplomacy and camaraderie and a sense of community.
    This only makes me want liv golf to succeed even more

  8. P Cross

    Mar 17, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    How long has Couples been a hateful fool? BTW..he is NOT a legend…

  9. greg

    Mar 17, 2023 at 11:21 am

    When I’m reincarnated, I want to come back as Freddie Couples. Really good player blessed with an unusual but effective swing that he rarely practiced. Can roll out of bed and shoot 65. In his prime, the chicks loved him. Never gets too worked up.

  10. PJ

    Mar 17, 2023 at 6:55 am

    Someone is mad that they didn’t make that $

    • P Cross

      Mar 17, 2023 at 12:41 pm

      Couples is again out of line…what is the purpose of his hate filled garbage….Sergio and Phil should ask him at the Masters champions dinner wtf

  11. TampaTony

    Mar 16, 2023 at 4:40 pm

    Sounds like a bunch of bots have weighted the comments section here. There aren’t that many people in the world that care about LIV, but they all show up here, huh?
    None of you are fit to shine Couples’ shoes, and he’s correct about everything he said.

    • Jimmy

      Mar 17, 2023 at 5:07 pm

      You’ve been socially engineered because you’re an impressionable sheep you think you’re part of this winning team that’s all unified in their opposition to liv golf.
      You’re wrong buddy that opposition is astroturfed it’s fake the PGA Tour is paying for it.
      Almost everybody I know and have seen is supporting of liv why wouldn’t you be.
      Why would you be against another golf tour unless you fell for that psyop propaganda about killing journalists,lol

    • JIMMY

      Mar 17, 2023 at 5:09 pm

      Tampa Tony you’re on the outside looking in you thought you were part of the The Herd didn’t you everybody hates liv…. right?
      No Tony everybody doesn’t hate a new golf league

  12. Scott Johnson

    Mar 16, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    Quit dissing on Phil. His average finish may be only about 30th but he’s made every cut.

  13. Let my people go

    Mar 16, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    Another old balls McGhee running his mouth, lashing out opinions that nobody cares about. Why do baby boomers always feel like they need to be heard. STFU, Fredwad. Go do blue emu ads.

  14. gary thorne

    Mar 16, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Hey Fredo or whatever your name is chill nobody cares what you think maybe your just JEALOUS !!!

  15. Rich Cooper

    Mar 16, 2023 at 11:31 am

    Sounds like someone is extremely jealous.

  16. K

    Mar 16, 2023 at 10:31 am

    That’s OK, Freddie or whatver your childish name is, you’ve always been a cuck

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  18. Jed

    Mar 16, 2023 at 9:30 am

    The guys that went to LIV are people that are sour and torn. Except the Aussies and South Americans. They are internationals. The Yanks that left are just greedy arsewipes

    • JP

      Mar 16, 2023 at 11:36 am

      If you leave your current job for another higher paying job doing the exact same thing would that make you a greedy arsewipe?

      • B

        Mar 16, 2023 at 2:43 pm

        Greedy arsewipe…. Haha..

      • TampaTony

        Mar 16, 2023 at 4:56 pm

        They do it because they’re not talented enough to make money on the PGA Tour, so they run to the Saudi blood money.

        • DB

          Mar 17, 2023 at 11:21 am

          The ones who citizens LIV players are the same ones who kneel at the alter of that dirt bag Woods.

        • Hefty Lefty

          Mar 17, 2023 at 12:40 pm

          So Cam Smith, Dustin Johnson & Bryson DeChambeau are not talented enough!?!???!

        • Tony Rocket

          Mar 17, 2023 at 6:04 pm

          So DJ, Cameron Smith, Bryson, Brooks etc. Are not talented enough to make money on the PGA tour? LOL

          How is the money earned on the PGA tour so much more benevolent than LIV?

        • Golf

          Mar 17, 2023 at 6:12 pm

          You must not have watched much golf the past few years

      • Hefty Lefty

        Mar 17, 2023 at 11:25 am

        You are labeled a greedy arse wipe when when it’s someone else doing it….Phil just knew it was time to jump ship. I don’t consider that foolish.

      • Forescoreand7bogeysago

        Mar 17, 2023 at 4:58 pm

        Except they are not “ doing “ the exact same thing .

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19th Hole

‘Never be buddies’ – NHL star hits back at Brooks Koepka following golfer’s heckling



Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed all take part in this week’s LIV Golf Orlando, their own prelude to the Masters starting on April 6th.

So, of course, at Wednesday’s presser, they were asked about their preparations, what would happen if one were to win at Augusta and, naturally, about ‘Cone-gate,’ a recent incident involving Koepka, a traffic cone, and an insult hurled at NHL defenceman Aaron Ekblad. 


Koepka, captain of the Smash GC team, was happy to answer the reporter’s question and had his fellow LIV players intrigued by his revelations:

Q: Brooks, sort of a viral clip from last week at the Panther game, I was just curious what’s your beef with Aaron Ekblad, and did you bring the cone from home?

Brooks: I did not bring the cone. He gave up a bad goal. It was a bad pass in the third. I’m a die-hard P’s fan, and he gave up a bad goal.

Bubba: What sport is this?

Reed: Hockey.

Brooks: Really?

Yeah, it’s all right. Yeah, he gave up a bad goal I think midway through the third, and I just felt like if they didn’t win that game, they weren’t going to make the Playoffs. Dedicated fan, man.

Bubba: What is that cone he’s talking about?

Brooks: There was a cone. There was a cone that was just outside, so I —

Bubba: Were you hydrated that night?

Brooks: Yeah.

Bubba: Now we’re getting to it.

Brooks: Absolutely. Listen, I’m a die-hard fan.

Bubba: Is your shirt on or off?

Brooks: It’s on.

Bubba: I ain’t gonna look at it then.

Brooks: But I’m a die-hard fan, man. When they do something good, I’m the first one to cheer them, I’ll text these guys.

Bubba: Did you not text him?

Brooks: I didn’t text him, no. I did not.

Well, Ekblad has since responded, and told Sportsnet’s Luke Fox that he doesn’t know Koepka and that they will “never be buddies.”

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Brooks Koepka’s coach says he expects LIV golfers to struggle at next week’s Masters



With the permission of Augusta National, the field for next week’s Masters will include six former champions that made the decision to join LIV Golf.

Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel and Phil Mickelson will all tee it up on 6th April, certain to show that the move to the rebel tour has not diminished their ability to still compete amongst the world’s elite.

However, Pete Cowan, coach to the likes of Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka, says that he is “not optimistic” about the chances of the LIV players at the first major of the year.

In an interview with The Times, the 72-year-old short-game wizard said,

“I’m not optimistic about players who aren’t playing competitively on a regular basis,”

“It’s a big deal. Like any sport, if you’re not competitively sharp you struggle.”

To put that into context, the official world’s top three players have taken part in a total of 21 events between them, with number three Jon Rahm leading the way with eight competitive outings, one ahead of the world number one Scottie Scheffler.

In contrast, 2016 US Open and 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson has only played two events since the turn of the year – LIV Mayakoba and LIV Tucson – and the current LIV table leader Charles Howell has done the same.

As The Times states, the most active PGA athletes will have played ‘more than double’ the number of rounds compared to their LIV counterparts come the Masters. There is concern over the level of commitment and desire to win from the LIV players, with last year’s Open Championship winner Cam Smith finishing fifth and 24th in his two outings in 2023, and DJ ranking in 35th and 13th in limited fields.

It may be that it’s money for old rope, but the incentive to appear in one of the PGA Tour’s ‘elevated’ events must also weigh heavily on those that took the big bucks to jump ship in 2022.

Cowan doesn’t slate those that went for the money, agreeing it has to be a motivating factor in sport, no matter what the public persona might say.

“Whether they say they do or not, they all play for money,” he said, before continuing

 “They are selfish and they have to be to be very good players. Ask Rory how much appearance money he gets a year. They all need to get round a table because if someone is investing billions into my sport I’d be saying, ‘How can I accommodate you?'”

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Augusta National Women’s Amateur champ hit with brutal 4-stroke penalty to begin defense



When high school sophomore Anna Davis won the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur, everything went her way.

From charging through the field on the final day with a 69, to seeing leader Latanna Stone finish double-bogey, bogey to hand her the title, the then 16-year-old admitted, “I’m still a little shocked. I literally… I’m speechless. I can’t even fathom what just happened.”

Fast-forward 12 months and the defending champion had a completely opposite opening round, the bad day highlighted with a four-stroke penalty on her opening hole.

In the first round of the ANWA at Champions Retreat, host for the first two rounds of the 54-hole event, Davis twice lifted, cleaned and placed her ball while it was in the rough, mistakenly believing it was ‘preferred lies’ from anywhere.

Davis was then told on the 4th hole that there was a chance the committee would penalize her, but it was only after she finished her round that they confirmed she had lost four strokes, and had to sign for a 9 on hole one.

Chairman of Competition Committees James B Hyler Jr explained, “During play of her first hole, Anna Davis lifted her ball and failed to replace it on its original spot on two separate occurrences. Under Rule 9.4, Ms Davis has been penalized two strokes for each occurrence of playing from a wrong place. Her score on hole 1 will be increased from 5 to 9.”

Davis, who made four cuts from seven outings on the LPGA Tour last season, followed her opening hole with a double at the fourth hole and bogey on the next, standing at eight over par after just five holes. However, she fought back with four birdies and no dropped shots through the last 13 holes, eventually recording a four-over 76, 10 behind leader Rose Zhang.

The 17-year-old told reporters that she had checked the ruling with the group scorer. She asked if the preferred lie ruling apply all over the course and says she was told yes. “I guess he didn’t know,” Davis admitted.

“Aside from hole 1, I played pretty good today,” Davis said. “I hit a lot of shots close. The putter wasn’t really rolling, but I hit good shots.”

“I felt pretty good with my game the next 14 holes after that. I hit good shots. I just tried to forget that the 1st hole happened. All I can really do is have that give me motivation to do well tomorrow and have a good round tomorrow.

I’m playing well so I’m confident that I can do well tomorrow.”

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