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Nobody knows if Phil Mickelson is suspended, but Rory McIlroy wants that to change

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Phil Mickelson is taking an extended break from golf.

In his half-apology in the wake of his comments about the Saudi Super Golf League that set the golf world ablaze, Mickelson wrote that he would be taking some time away from the sport to reflect.

“I know I have not been my best and desperately need some time away to prioritize the ones I love most and work on being the man I want to be,” Mickelson wrote.

Given Mickelson’s announcement of a break, fans and fellow players alike were left wondering whether the decision was solely Phil’s, or rather the result of a suspension handed down by the PGA Tour.

Currently, the Tour does not disclose suspensions, so while it was possible that Mickelson had been punished for his comments and actions against the Tour, the public has no way of knowing for sure. Rory McIlroy is looking to change that.

Speaking with reporters ahead of the Players Championship, which begins Thursday at Florida’s TPC Sawgrass, McIlroy, who has served as the chairman of the PGA Tour’s player advisory council and now serves as a Player Director, called for more transparency regarding such punishments.
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“I think the one thing that the Tour in general could do a better job at is transparency,” McIlroy said. “Whether that be with — yeah, just with everything. I think transparency and maybe it not bez as closed a shop. I’ve always felt that a few of the bans or suspensions, I think that should all be announced. I think that should be more transparent. I’ve always said that.”

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While McIlroy’s comments came in response to a question about PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, given the timing, the remarks seemed to nod at the cloudiness surrounding Mickelson’s situation.

Monahan, who spoke later, brushed off the comments with a joke.

“He just said that?” Monahan asked when relayed McIlroy’s response. “I would say — effective immediately — Rory McIlroy is suspended [laughs].”
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Despite the joke, Monahan still kept things rather murky regarding Mickelson’s status.

“He stepped away on his own accord, and he’s asked for time,” Monahan said. “He’s been given that time. We don’t comment on disciplinary matters, potential matters or actual matters. But every player is accountable for their actions out here.”

Over the winter, Mickelson’s name had been not-so-secretly tied to the rumored Super Golf League being financially backed by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund. The league, a breakaway effort of sorts from the PGA Tour, would shake up the world of professional golf.

But after comments Mickelson made to Alan Shipnuck of the Fire Pit Collective were made public, talk of the upstart league has mostly paused.
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“They’re scary motherfuckers to get involved with,” Mickelson said of the Saudis, in the interview with Shipnuck. “We know they killed [Washington Post reporter and U.S. resident Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights. They execute people over there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.”

In Mickelson’s comments, he admits to using the SGL as a point of leverage against the PGA Tour. Additionally, Mickelson told Shipnuck that he had hired attorneys to help draft the operating agreement of the new league.

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Given Mickelson’s candor speaking about leverage against the Tour, and the admission that he was actively helping to construct the rules of a league that would rival the Tour, a suspension against Mickelson would be justified, falling under the definition of “conduct unbecoming of a professional.”

Per the PGA Tour rules:
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“…It is an obligation of membership to refrain from making comments that unreasonably attack or disparage others, including, but not limited to tournaments, sponsors, fellow members/players and/or PGA TOUR. Speech that could be reasonably viewed as hateful, abusive, obscene and/or divisive is expressly prohibited. Responsible expressions of legitimate disagreement with PGA TOUR policies are not prohibited. However, public comments that a member knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation or financial best interest of PGA TOUR, a fellow member/player, a tournament sponsor or a charity are expressly covered by this section. Any violation of this section shall be considered conduct unbecoming a professional.”

Mickelson’s comments, and general support of a direct PGA Tour competitor, would undoubtedly qualify as “harming the reputation or financial best interest of PGA TOUR.”

But despite what looks like a clear violation, the current rules of the Tour make it so no one knows for sure whether Mickelson’s leave from competition is a personal choice or one handed down to him.

As things stand, it’s unclear when Mickelson will be back on the course. If he’s not suspended, Mickelson could reasonably come back whenever he feels he’s ready to play. If he is suspended by the PGA Tour, it’s possible he could still play events that do not fall under the purview of the Tour, such as the Masters.

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Golf: Phil Mickelson shows off dramatic body transformation

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Phil Mickelson used to get shredded by the media and golf fans about his portly appearance — now he is shredded.

The five-time major winner affectionately known as Lefty used to be one of the larger players on tour, prompting one scribe to write this about Mickelson in 2009.

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“One of the reasons I love to watch athletes is that besides their talents, they are awesome physical specimens to behold. Even though Phil Mickelson seems to be a nice guy and a pretty good golfer who can eke out a win when Tiger’s home with the family rehabbing his knee. He has got man boobs,” the scribe wrote.

“Mickelson is not even really fat. He just suffers from male pattern boobness. Guybags. Senor snubes. Mister Titster. He-man Hooters. Boyzoombas. Cock ‘n Knockers. Mancans. Chesticles with Testicles. Papa Tatas. Mickelson Mogambos.

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“Now as snarky as this sounds, I am not even saying his daddy dumplings turn me off. I am just saying that when Mickelson strides down the fairway, he looks like a breasty shift manager at the local Best Buy who cannot say ‘no’ to doughnuts in the break room, not a kick ass world class athlete.”

Mickelson was even forced to address it himself a decade ago when his commitment to winning was questioned. “I have put on some weight,” Mickelson told Golf magazine in 2010. “I tend to fluctuate with my wife, Amy. When she’s pregnant, I seem to put on weight. When she’s not, I seem to lose it with her. The weight fluctuations are an emotional thing, I guess …

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“I wish I had visceral fat instead of subcutaneous fat. When I gain weight I gain it underneath the skin rather than beneath the muscle.”

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Chelsea Manning reacts to Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover amid Grimes romance

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Chelsea Manning reacts to Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover amid Grimes romance

Chelsea Manning doesn’t care if she’s on Elon Musk’s Twitter “ban list.”

When a follower tweeted at the famed whistleblower Monday that she should be “careful” because she is “first on his ban list,” Manning responded, “who cares?”

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The Tesla founder purchased the social medium for $44 billion earlier Monday and tweeted that he hoped even his “worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means,” so perhaps Manning stands a chance.

If not, she told the aforementioned follower that she will “just play minecraf [sic].”

Manning’s blasé attitude toward the history-making deal comes after Page Six broke the news that she is dating Musk’s ex Grimes.

“They’re getting serious. They U-Hauled it,” an insider told us in March of the fast-paced nature of the relationship. “They’ve been living together in Austin.”

While neither has publicly addressed their romance, Manning, 34, has been engaging sarcastically with the new Twitter owner, 50, since he announced his interest in buying the tech company.

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Twitter accepted the Tesla founder’s $44 billion bid Monday.
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“If our twitter bid succeeds, we will defeat the spam bots or die trying!” Musk tweeted last week, to which Manning responded with a meme about “occupying a billionaire’s mind rent free.”

Red State deputy managing editor Brandon Morse called out Manning over the tweet, writing, “You’re dating HIS ex, using a platform HE’S about to buy and commenting on HIS tweet after he hasn’t mentioned YOU one time. You’re living in his head? Seems you’re living in his world.”

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A former US soldier, Manning made headlines in the early 2010s for leaking hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison after being found guilty of 20 crimes, including six violations of the Espionage Act.

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In January 2017, President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s remaining prison sentence after she had served seven years and attempted suicide multiple times.

Grimes, meanwhile, announced in March that she and Musk had broken up again. The singer, 34, and the billionaire have two children together.

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Tiger Woods’ Ex-wife Elin Nordegren Secured $100M after Split & They Now Co-parent Their Kids Amicably

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Tiger Woods’ Ex-wife Elin Nordegren Secured $100M after Split & They Now Co-parent Their Kids Amicably

After Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren divorced in 2010, she walked home with $100 million. The couple, who share two children, have moved on from their difficult past and now amicably co-parent their kids.

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Tiger Woods will go down in history as one of the most iconic golfers the world has ever seen, thanks to his talent, multiple championships, and records.

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For instance, he has won 82 PGA Tours, which ties him first all-time in golf history. He also ranks second in men’s major championships and holds several golf records.

Golfer Tiger Woods during a golf event. [Left] | Tiger Woods’ Ex wife Elin Nordegren with their kid at an outdoor event. [Right] | Photo: Getty Images
Golfer Tiger Woods during a golf event. [Left] | Tiger Woods’ Ex wife Elin Nordegren with their kid at an outdoor event. [Right] | Photo: Getty Images

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Thanks to his golfing prowess, he is regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time. He is also one of the greatest sportsmen in history and is an inductee of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

While Woods’ talent and iconic status in the golf world are unquestionable, it is in his personal life that he has struggled.

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In 2009, the golfer was enmeshed in multiple cheating scandals that almost ended his career and led to the end of his marriage with Elin Nordegren. Relive the scandals and find out what happened in the aftermath.

Tiger Woods when he won the Tour Championship on September, 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Photo: Getty Images
Tiger Woods when he won the Tour Championship on September, 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Photo: Getty Images

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WOODS AND NORDEGREN’S RELATIONSHIP

Nordegren is a model from Sweden. Before venturing into modeling, she and her twin sister Josefin worked odd jobs in supermarkets to fund their education. At 20, she began her modeling career and appeared on the cover of Cafe Sport magazine in the summer of 2000.

Nordegren met Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik’s wife Mia Parnevik while working in a clothes shop in Stockholm. Jesper and Mia then hired her to be their kids’ nanny.

Due to the job, Nordegren moved with them to the United States. In 2001, she met Woods at the 2001 Open Championship. Before their meeting, Woods had spent a year begging Mia to introduce him to Nordegren. However, she was seeing someone at the time.

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Tiger Woods, his daugher Sam, and his wife Elin Nordegren at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009. | Photo: Getty Images
Tiger Woods, his daugher Sam, and his wife Elin Nordegren at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009. | Photo: Getty Images

In November 2003, Woods and Nordegren attended the President’s Cup tournament in South Africa. Afterward, he proposed to her at the Shamwari Game Reserve.

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On October 5, 2004, the couple tied the knot at the Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados. After their marriage, they lived at Isleworth, Windermere, Orlando, Florida. The couple welcomed their daughter, Sam Alexis, in 2007. In 2009, their son Charlie Axel was born.

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WOODS’ CHEATING SCANDAL

Woods was at the peak of his career in 2009. On October 1, 2009, Forbes named him the first athlete to earn $1 billion. His status as one of the sport’s greatest athletes was strong.Tiger Woods

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His family life also seemed to be perfect. He had a beautiful wife and two adorable kids. The golfer also had multiple endorsement deals, and all seemed to be going well.

However, on November 25, 2009, the National Enquirer published a story claiming Woods had an extramarital affair with Rachel Uchitel, a New York City nightclub manager.

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Matthew McConaughey chimes in on Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s ‘sexual tension’

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Matthew McConaughey chimes in on Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s ‘sexual tension’

Matthew McConaughey shared his thoughts on the “sexual tension” between exes Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston during their virtual table read of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” last month.

“Could I feel the heat through the screen of Brad? So palpable. Yeah, yeah, it was so palpable,” McConaughey, who played the character of Mike Damone in the table read, recently told Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live.”

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The “Greenlights” author, 50, said that while he didn’t notice things heating up during the table read, he definitely realized the sizzling moments the next day.

“I noticed that after, that a lot of the topics were about that, or about them,” he said, adding, “No, I actually didn’t notice anything through the screen, but that made for a good topic the next day.”

In early September, 51-year-old Aniston and 56-year-old Pitt, who divorced in 2005, got flirty with each other during the “Fast Times” reunion online.

They greeted each other with smiles when they logged onto the video chat and later acted out the scene where Pitt’s character Brad Hamilton had a sexual fantasy about Aniston’s character Linda Barrett.

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“Hi Aniston … how are you doing?” Pitt said with a huge smile on his face. Aniston, equally smiley, responded while twirling her hair, “Good honey, how are you doing?”

Several other celebs on the call including Julia Roberts and Jimmy Kimmel couldn’t contain their laughter at the scene.

 

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Simone Biles’ Ex Stacey Ervin Jr Catches Heat after Posting a Sweet Snap with a White Woman

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Simone Biles' Ex Stacey Ervin Jr Catches Heat after Posting a Sweet Snap with a White Woman

Simone Biles’ ex-boyfriend, Stacey Ervin Jr. had tongues wagging after he shared a somewhat romantic snapshot with a caucasian young lady. Many fans responded with mixed reactions.

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Simone Biles and Stacey Ervin Jr. ended their 3-year long relationship in March and since then, fans have taken sides and continued to give their opinions about their split, and more importantly, their new relationships.

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Fans recently showed mixed feelings about Biles’ ex-boyfriend’s new Instagram update. On his page, Ervin posted a cozy snapshot of him and a caucasian lady seemingly enjoying their time together.

Gymnast Simone Biles at a game between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals on October 23, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
Gymnast Simone Biles at a game between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals on October 23, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

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While the star gymnast rocked a dapper look in a blue tuxedo, his counterpart looked elegant in a skimpy floral dress. The duo was photographed enjoying a warm embrace and smiling for the camera. Ervin captioned his post with a blue heart emoji:

“Can’t cancel wedding season when love always wins. #WeddingSzn #PureMichigan #Love.”

A screenshot of a fan’s comment on Stacey Ervin Jr.’s post on his instagram page | Photo: instagram.com/staceyervinjr/
A screenshot of a fan’s comment on Stacey Ervin Jr.’s post on his instagram page | Photo: instagram.com/staceyervinjr/

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Many fans expressed their surprise while some shared their opinions in the comments. Someone rhetorically asked the sports star if he was sure about the caption while another person felt it was not right.

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[Biles and ervin] were able to move on fast following their split as they are presently basking in their new lovers’ attention.
A third follower exclaimed while mentioning that they had no comments. Another person referred to his relationship with Biles as someone shaded him for his post.

A screenshot of a fan’s comment on Stacey Ervin Jr.’s post on his instagram page | Photo: instagram.com/staceyervinjr/
A screenshot of a fan’s comment on Stacey Ervin Jr.’s post on his instagram page | Photo: instagram.com/staceyervinjr/

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During one of her recent interviews in July, Biles, 23, confirmed that her relationship with Ervin was over. The young adult made it known that their split was for the best, adding that a long time relationship was difficult for someone young.

Before the Olympic medalist’s announcement, fans noticed that Ervin did not send her birthday wishes on social media. This got them worried as the couple earlier celebrated New Year’s Eve together.

In 2017, Biles went public with their relationship on social media and in the following years, she and Ervin were quite public with their show of love.

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It seems the Olympic stars were able to move on fast following their split as they are presently basking in their new lovers’ attention.

However, one time on social media, Ervin posted his new lover’s photo while gushing over her in his caption. In the comments, some fans felt he moved on fast from his older relationship. In response to this, the athlete gave a shady comment against Biles.

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For Biles, it has been all about a show of love on Instagram as she keeps flaunting sweet moments with her new boyfriend and NFL star, Jonathan Owens. She debuted their relationship with a one-photo post that melted fans’ hearts.

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Owens is a 25-year-old safety who currently plays for the Houston Texans. He formerly played college football at Missouri Western State University.

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