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Brandel Chamblee launches blistering attack on Phil Mickelson and Patrick Cantlay



In a recent interview with, Brandel Chamblee was once again taking shots at Phil Mickelson.

Although he acknowledged that other influential players went to LIV, he argued that Phil was the only one “that could really make a difference”.

“When you look at the different players that defected to LIV, there was the you-wouldn’t-look-at-him-twice-in-Home Depot Taylor Gooch to the testosterone twin peaks of Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson to the flatulently egoed impresario Greg Norman.

But Phil was the only one that could really make a difference. He was the only one. And he was not motivated by altruistic thoughts. He was moved and motivated by greed and that tilted the game in that direction. And so when I think about the dilemma that the Tour was in, it wouldn’t have happened if it hadn’t been for Phil.”

While Chamblee was digging into Phil, he also took a swipe at Patrick Cantlay, saying both Mickelson and Cantlay think they’re “the smartest people of any room they walk into”.

“You know, Phil reminds me a lot of Patrick Cantlay. They both think they’re the smartest people of any room they walk into. They’re both smart. I have no doubt that Phil is smart. I have no doubt that Patrick Cantlay is smart. But you’re likely not the smartest person in the room, otherwise you’re likely in the wrong room. And they’ve confused, I think, their talent in one aspect with their talents in other aspects. And they think that they could be the dealmakers here and leverage this.”

Brandel didn’t stop there. He also said that Mickelson should be removed from the Hall of Fame.

“That’s why I think Phil should be removed from the Hall of Fame. I don’t think he has any business being in the Hall of Fame. He’s caused irreparable damage to the game. And if the Tour’s philanthropic aspect dies, the autopsy should read LIV. It should read Phil.”

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  1. Jimmy

    Sep 12, 2023 at 5:33 pm

    Chamblee is projecting, he thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room.


    Aug 22, 2023 at 5:14 am

    This guy ain’t worth the sweat off my balls.

  3. VC

    Aug 20, 2023 at 6:47 pm

    Bumble Chumlee needs to go away.

  4. Joe hunter

    Aug 20, 2023 at 6:12 pm

    Boring another snoozer article. Bernard who?

  5. Will

    Aug 20, 2023 at 11:36 am

    I didn’t know Cantlay thought so much of himself. I know ALL pro athletes do to a certain point (even Joel Dahmen), but how do people know that he is such tool?

  6. Doubleace

    Aug 19, 2023 at 9:31 pm

    Brandel is just envious, that he was never as good as Phil. When Brandel commentates, i turn the voume off.

  7. Ac

    Aug 19, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    I love the “no one cars about chamblee” yet here we are posting in this thread than any other. Hypocrisy lives not just with those we cringe dislike but ourselves. The attention he garners with his comments is hey he remains relevant however much you dislike him, his comments strike a chord…

  8. Frank the Tank

    Aug 19, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    I love FIGJAM and Chamblee makes me sick. Everything Phil said was correct and now all the PGA players all of a sudden have Waaaaaaayyyyy more money. HHHMMM I wonder why? Phil was correct about everything!!! Long live the LIV tour and docuhe Brandelll needs to STFU

    • D

      Aug 20, 2023 at 2:10 am

      Yeah. It’s shocking that gambling is considered worse than adultery by these clowns.

      • geohogan

        Aug 21, 2023 at 1:24 pm

        What kept Pete Rose out of Hall of Fame should apply to Phil…. OUT!

        and douche fans at PGA events should be banned for life for heckling players during a stroke.

  9. Kelly

    Aug 19, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    I do think the consensus here is that Chamblee is not happy unless he is putting someone down. He calls all the LIV guys greedy. Like others have said without LIV the PGA had no reason to increase purses. So I guess it is all about money. Watch the Fed x so called playoffs. All they take about is what the winner gets. At one time winning the Tour championship was a huge deal. To me the Fed X has wrecked that completely. Watch hockey playoffs and you never have money mentioned. Only winning the Stanley Cup. Yet for the next couple of weeks that is all you hear. So Phil has done nothing wrong. Golf is about money period.

  10. PJ

    Aug 19, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    Apparently Chamblee thinks others want his opinion or care to hear what he thinks. We do not so STFU.

  11. Greg

    Aug 19, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    If it is ever discovered Phil gambled on a PGA tournament he was playing in then he should be removed from the Hall.


    Aug 19, 2023 at 10:11 am

    given the absurd professional & personal attacks by Shamblee on Phil, Phil hasn’t really fired back at all. Tells me he couldn’t care less about Shamblee.

  13. ata777

    Aug 19, 2023 at 8:15 am

    I don’t think Phil and Patrick are the only two who think they’re the smartest person when they enter the room.

  14. Ned

    Aug 19, 2023 at 6:02 am

    Chamblee is a self proclaimed golf expert. He won one tournament his entire carrier. Nothing be hate comes out of him worthless.

  15. Lee

    Aug 19, 2023 at 2:05 am

    I am probably in the minority, but you don’t remove Phil from the Hall of Fame. Most people have said wether it was done wrong or not, the PGA pros,all need to thank Phil for the purse increases this year.
    He has never denied ganmbling

  16. Jack

    Aug 18, 2023 at 8:08 pm

    Shamblee continuing the PGAT campaign to destroy Phil….so pathetic…..WHY does he keep his job…he just defames golf legends and PGAT players and gets away with it…but its all PGAT approved at the end of the day….

  17. Paul

    Aug 18, 2023 at 8:01 pm

    Shamblee shows once again that his major skill is hatred….what a nasty POS he is..A second rate player attacking legends is laughable.

  18. Brandon

    Aug 18, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    I’m sure all the players on the PGA are super pissed about the bigger purses and the increased player involvement payouts or whatever it’s called. None of that happens without Phil calling them out and leaving.

    • Mike

      Aug 19, 2023 at 12:30 am

      Great point. Their potential earnings probably doubled thanks to LIV.

  19. Ping It

    Aug 18, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    Not a Brandel fan, but I do agree with his comments. Mickelson is greedy with a gambling habit who owed $40M to his bookies and LIV bailed him out. I do agree he should be out of the Hall of Fame. Regarding Cantlay, he is guy you just can’t like. Arrogant like no other.

    • Paul

      Aug 18, 2023 at 7:58 pm

      How long have you been consumed by hate? IS it a crime to gamble? Have you never gambled? Is test of character a criteria for HOF entry? This PGAT hatred is just pathetic

    • H

      Aug 18, 2023 at 9:35 pm

      Adulteres and home wreckers should also be removed and not allowed into the HOF, the likes of Eldrick Tont, doesn’t matter how much he apologises, people should kick him to the hydrant

  20. John

    Aug 18, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    I couldn’t have said it better myself.
    Well done Brandel, tell it like it is.

    Phil is a 2 faced, greedy, self absorbed, self important blowhard, nuff said.
    Although, that being said, aren’t most Americans like that too?

    • T

      Aug 18, 2023 at 1:05 pm

      Not 2 faced at all, he’s quite straight forward and in your face obvious about it, is why he gets to people because the can’t handle the lack of tact lol

      • Mr. Capitalist

        Aug 18, 2023 at 2:54 pm

        Yeah. I agree. Phil did the American thing and people are all butt hurt.

        • david

          Aug 18, 2023 at 8:08 pm

          Who says the ‘American’ thing is so great? The US rates down in the official scores of the happiest countries! Greed is OK…to a finite point.

  21. GMATT

    Aug 18, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Branded has to say controversial things just to hear himself talk and to keep his job, otherwise he’s irrelevant in todays world. He’s the Howard Stern of golf

  22. S

    Aug 18, 2023 at 11:05 am

    “the smartest people of any room they walk into”.
    Pot calling the kettle black……… huh? lmao
    Professional Group of Adulterers over there, no wonder. Tell Eldrick Tont to stay hidden in his cage

  23. Chuck

    Aug 18, 2023 at 10:45 am

    I’m looking forward to Billy Walters’ book tour interviews. Brandel probably is, too.

    Thanks to GolfWRX for publishing this snapshot of the Brandel/ interview. It’s the most important LIV news this month. For the PGA Tour, it’s the Ryder Cup teams. For LIV, it’s “How corrupt was Phil Mickelson?” Two different business models.

    • Livininparadise

      Aug 18, 2023 at 1:39 pm

      It will be number 1 in the fiction category. In that book the disclaimer should be “everything is true, except all the stuff we’ve made up”

  24. joselo

    Aug 18, 2023 at 10:40 am

    blistering attack?
    settle down there champ

  25. TheDevo

    Aug 18, 2023 at 10:29 am

    Brandel Chamblee says things others are afraid to say. Some may say they are just opinions. Maybe so. They are well thought out and logical.

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  27. Blah..Blah…

    Aug 18, 2023 at 9:39 am

    Brandel has been pumped full of Bernie juice.

  28. Craig

    Aug 18, 2023 at 9:37 am

    Brandels an idiot

    • John

      Aug 18, 2023 at 12:04 pm

      Based on your 3 word sentence / comment, I think idiot needs to look in the mirror.
      Nice Grammar, Phil.

  29. Jbone

    Aug 18, 2023 at 8:50 am

    Brandel the socialist

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Vincenzi’s 2023 Ryder Cup betting preview: Justin Thomas ready to silence doubters in Rome



After a long, five-year wait, the 2023 Ryder Cup is back on European soil.

In 2021, the United States team won in dominating fashion, 19-9. The win marked the first time that the U.S. won in back-to-back home Ryder Cups since 1979 and 1983.

The last time the Europeans hosted the Ryder Cup was 2018, where they won convincingly 17.5-10.5 at Le Golf National in France.

Europe has won seven of the last ten editions of the premier golfing showcase. However, the U.S. has won two of the past three competitions and entire this latest affair as the favorite. 

Marco Simone is a par-71, measuring at 7,268 yards and features Bentgrass greens. The fairways are comprised of paspalum and the rough is fescue. The course was designed by Jim Fazio and David Mezzacane and is located 10 miles from the center of the Rome and is surrounded by the green of the Roman countryside. The course has hosted the last three Italian Open’s on the DP World Tour. 


I bet Europe to win the Ryder Cup at +185 on multiple occasions between October of 2021 and April of 2023, but the line has plummeted over the past few weeks. The United States are -160 and Europe is +130 as it stands now.

The last extremely close Ryder Cup we’ve seen was in 2012 when the European Team came back to stun the United States at Medinah by a score of 14.5 to 13.5. I believe 2023 is the year we finally get another excruciatingly close finish on Sunday at the Ryder Cup and it will come down to the last few matches.

Therefore, I still believe the value lies with Europe and would bet it at any number better than +120.

Top European Point Scorer: Ludvig Aberg +1800 (Caesars)

Prior to Ludvig Aberg’s victory at the Omega European Masters, there was some debate as to whether or not Ludvig Aberg was deserving of a captain’s pick with such little experience in professional golf. However, I believe Aberg’s spot was long secured whether or not he won at Crans. Donald was paired with Aberg at Detroit Golf Club for the Rocket Mortgage Classic and was awestruck by his talent. From then on, it was a foregone conclusion that the young Swede would be in Rome, for better or worse.

Given his skill set and recent play, I strongly believe Aberg will be paired with either Viktor Hovland or Rory McIlroy over the first few days of the Ryder Cup. Marco Simone is a difficult course off the tee, and Aberg is already one of the best in the world in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee. He should set up perfectly for the golf course.

Playing with one of Europe’s strongest players will increase the likelihood of Aberg accruing points over the fourball and foursome portion of the event, so the pairing is crucial. In the team’s scouting trip to Rome, Aberg played with Hovland in a match against McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood, so that could give a sneak peak into Donald’s plans for Rome.

Aberg will have to compete with his playing companions for top scorer, but at more than three times the odds, I believe Aberg carries significant value in this market.

Top United States Point Scorer: Justin Thomas (+1200 via BetRivers), Top Captain’s Pick (+450 via DraftKings)

The inclusion of Justin Thomas in this year’s Ryder Cup was controversial. The two-time major champion had arguably the worst season of his career, failing to make the FedEx Cup playoffs and missing the cut in five of his last eight starts to end the season.

Despite the struggles all year, JT has seemed to turn a corner this fall, and should thrive in the format that he’s been so successful at throughout his career.

At the Fortinet Championship, Thomas finished in 5th place and gained 6.7 strokes on the field on approach, which was his best performance in that category since last year. He has worked tirelessly over the past few months to get ready for the Ryder Cup, and I believe he will perform well.

JT is a combined 16-5-2 in Ryder Cup’s and President’s Cups and the format undoubtedly brings out the best in the fiery competitor. Like it or not, Thomas is the heart and soul of the American side. For that reason, I strongly believe Thomas will play a minimum of four times on the week, with five being a real possibility. The most important aspect of betting this market is identifying the players who will play the most, and his track record with Jordan Spieth and relationship with Zach Johnson would indicate he’ll be out there for much of the competition.

We are being offered a discounted price on Thomas for his poor 2023, but he will have every opportunity to turn it around at Marco Simone.


Correct Score: Europe 14.5, USA 13.5 (+1300 via DraftKings)

Correct Score: USA 14.5, Europe 13.5 (+1000 via DraftKings)

Last week, we saw the Solheim Cup come down to the wire, and I believe a similar scenario will unfold at the Ryder Cup. There hasn’t been a down-to-the-wire Ryder Cup since Medinah and 2012, but that will change this year. These teams are as evenly matched as I can remember, and the home soil advantage will help neutralize the U.S. team’s slightly superior depth. These odds are long enough to sprinkle and hope for a spectacular finish down the stretch.


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5 examples of how Lexi Thompson has been treated harsher than any of her peers



Following Lexi Thompson’s Solheim Cup post-round presser on Friday evening, the 28-year-old has been the topic of much discussion.

Golf pundits and fans alike have been weighing in with their takes after this exchange with a reporter surrounding an untimely shank on Friday afternoon went viral:

After the incident, LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez said that Lexi has “been picked on and drug through negative comments. She is tired of it”

So has the criticism of Lexi Thompson been justified, or is this yet another example of her being unfairly treated?

Well, here are five times, in my opinion, that Lexi has been scrutinized far differently over the years than her peers.

2022 KPMG PGA Championship

At the 2022 KPMG PGA Championship, Lexi Thompson held a two-stroke lead with three holes to play. She couldn’t close the deal and lost the tournament.

Afterwards, she was fined $2k (as were the rest of the group) for slow play.

Lexi declined to speak to the media and got hammered on social media for doing so…

Almost every golfer at some point has skipped a media session following disappointment on the course, and nobody has really batted an eyelid.

Tiger skipped back-to-back post-round media briefings at the 2019 WGC Mexico after being frustrated with his putting. Remember the backlash over that? Nah, me neither.

Donald Trump


Every (or nearly every) big-name golfer under the sun has played golf with Donald Trump. Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy etc. Nobody really cared.

For whatever reason, when Lexi Thompson did, it was a story, and she took herself off social media soon after the photo was posted.


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A post shared by Lexi Thompson (@lexi)

2021 U.S. Women’s Open

In the final round of the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open, Lexi Thompson had a 6-foot eagle on her opening hole. She missed and made birdie to lead by five.

She then lost the tournament.

Following the round, Brandel Chamblee said on ‘Live From’:

“She’s got 6 feet away. Now professional golfers don’t miss the center of the face by a pinhead. Look where she hits this putt on the very 1st hole. Look where this putt comes off the face. She would have missed the center of the putter there by a half an inch. I have never — I have never — seen a professional golfer miss the center of the putter by a wider margin than that. That was at the 1st hole. “

Honest? Absolutely. Correct? Brandel usually is. Has any other LPGA golfer been handed the full-on Chamblee treatment? Not to my knowledge.

2023 Solheim Cup

Lexi Thompson spoke the words, “I don’t need to comment on that” when a reporter asked her about a failed shot, and the golf community collectively lost their minds.

Lost on many people is the fact that she literally answered the question instantly after.

Jessica Korda described the reporting of the awkward exchange with the media member as yet another example of the golf media shredding Lexi, but in reality, it was really just golf media covering the furore created by golf fans reacting to the viral clip.

Lexi then won her next two matches, collecting 3 points from 4 for the U.S. team. But nobody seems to care about that.


‘yOu ShoUlD PrAcTIce puTTinG’

There’s very few golfers that have been plagued with such inane posts on their Instagram page as Lexi Thompson has.

I’ve tracked golfer’s social media accounts over the past few years (job requirement, sort of?). I can categorically say that Lexi gets some of the angriest and most aggressive responses to her posts of any golfer. Male or female. (She also gets some very nice ones too).

Despite countless posts of Thompson relentlessly practising her putting, the number of comments from dummies accusing her of neglecting that area of her game is both bizarre and alarming. Notice how the comments have been disabled on the post below? Probably not a coincidence.


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A post shared by Lexi Thompson (@lexi)

Go on any other golfer’s social account, and it will be hard to find the same dynamic.

Throw in the scandalous rules decision at the 2017 ANA Inspiration that cost her a second major title and spawned the “Lexi rule,” and it’s hard not to think Lexi has had a bit of a raw deal at times.

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Bryson DeChambeau had a message for Zach Johnson over Ryder Cup snub following latest LIV win



Bryson DeChambeau’s top form continued at the latest LIV Golf event in Chicago, with the 30-year-old claiming his second individual win on the new tour over the weekend.

The victory comes after DeChambeau fired an incredible 58 earlier this summer, and his subsequent ommission from the U.S. Ryder Cup side raised some eyebrows.

Following his victory in Chicago, Bryson told media that “it would have been nice to at least just have a call” as he opened up on being snubbed for Ryder Cup consideration by captain Zach Johnson.

“If you look at it, it would have been nice to at least just have a call. There are numerous people that I think Zach should have called out here, and we didn’t get that.

“I understand, I get it, but we’re nothing different. We’re still competing. We’re still working super hard to be the best we possibly can be.
“I don’t know if it was back ended or whatnot. I’m not up to make that discussion available.

“I have no idea what it was or who made that decision, but it would have been nice for them to consider us more because we’re pretty damn good out here.”

Bryson added:

“Brooks is obviously going to kill it for Team USA next week and excited for the team, but yeah, it definitely does sting a little bit.

“Say what you want, we’re still golfers, and I personally think that given the way I played this week, I could have definitely racked up some points for Team USA.”

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