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Phil Mickelson reveals PGA Tour’s ‘obnoxious greed’ has him looking elsewhere

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AL NUROOJ, Saudi Arabia — Never before during his three decades as a professional golfer has the phrase, “What will Phil Mickelson do next?” been so apt. Or intriguing. Or mysterious. For the last few months, many questions have hung over the future of the game’s greatest left-handed practitioner.

Will he make the jump to the still-to-be-born Saudi-backed Super Golf League?
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Will he spurn those advances and stick with the PGA Tour on which he has 45 victories?

Will he, at the age of 51, stroll off in the direction of the PGA Tour Champions?

Or will he be able to do a bit of all of the above, after the lawyers inevitably get involved?

The resolutions to those issues, as of right now, remain unknown. But one thing can now be revealed. Should Mickelson end the most frustrating aspect of his storied career, put those infamous six runners-up finishes behind him and finally win a U.S. Open, he will call an immediate halt to his playing days.
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“If I win the U.S. Open, I will retire,” he told Golf Digest in an interview on Wednesday. “That would be my last tournament. I will have achieved the career Grand Slam and I won’t have anything more to prove.”

More immediately, however, Mickelson has other matters on his active mind. Serious matters. Potentially life-changing matters. And matters for which he has become something of a poster boy. While Mickelson says that “pretty much every player in the top 100 has been contacted at some point,” he has been the man most closely associated—publicly at least—with the aforementioned SGL.

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That stance has or will bring him into direct conflict with the tour he has played on as a professional since 1992. Along with the DP World Tour, the PGA Tour has taken an aggressive posture in response to what the Saudis may or may not come up with to lure away the top players. So if Mickelson was to lead the charge toward the SGL, it is safe to assume he would be the subject of some criticism. “Lack of loyalty” would surely be mentioned.
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But that would be an opinion, Mickelson said, that doesn’t fully take into account the PGA Tour’s relationship with its players, particularly in the realm of media rights. As ever, he offered, there are two sides to this dispute.

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“It’s not public knowledge, all that goes on,” Mickelson said. “But the players don’t have access to their own media. If the tour wanted to end any threat [from Saudi or anywhere else], they could just hand back the media rights to the players. But they would rather throw $25 million here and $40 million there than give back the roughly $20 billion in digital assets they control. Or give up access to the $50-plus million they make every year on their own media channel.

The PGA Tour declined to comment on Mickelson’s comments on Wednesday. However, the tour has previously cited that its business model is consistent with other professional sports leagues in that it relies on media rights to maximize revenue. In a Nov. 21, 2021 memo to players, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said 85 percent of the tour’s consolidated revenue is tournament-related, either from sponsors or from domestic and international media. In the memo, Monahan also noted that 55 percent of the tour’s 2021 revenue will be directed back to players.
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There are other examples of what Mickelson clearly sees as golf’s equivalent of “intellectual property.” During the 2010 Masters, he famously hit a shot from the pine straw to the 13th green at Augusta National. Later, someone wanted to use seven seconds of that clip. They had to pay $30,000 per second every time it aired. The total cost was $3.5 million, which was three times what Mickelson earned for winning the tournament. (Editor’s Note: Although the Masters counts as an official PGA Tour event, the event and its media are not owned by the PGA Tour.)

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“I’m not sure how this is going to play out,” Mickelson said. “My ultimate loyalty is to the game of golf and what it has given me. I am so appreciative of the life it has provided. I don’t know what is going to happen. I don’t know where things are headed. But I know I will be criticized. That’s not my concern. All that would do is dumb down one of the most intricate issues in sports. It would be so naive to not factor in all of the complexities. The media rights are but a small fraction of everything else. And it is the tour’s obnoxious greed that has really opened the door for opportunities elsewhere.”

In the brave new world Mickelson would like to see and help create, he has answers to his own questions. And plans he would like to make.

“Why hasn’t golf had cameras and microphones on players and caddies?” he asked. “Because the player would not benefit, only the tour [so players resist wearing them]. Take this Netflix project that is underway. None of the players are getting paid. But the tour is getting paid a lot of money. As is Augusta National. As is the USGA. But if the players had their own channel, maybe they put up their own content and we start to see golf presented a bit more intimately.

“If I had access to my own channel and access to my own media, I would have a camera and microphone on my hat,” he went on. “And on my [caddie] brother’s hat. And on my golf bag with a 360 view. And I would bring the viewers in. They would see and hear what is going on. But none of that happens [currently] because why would any player do that? To make more millions for the tour? They already make enough. The tour only understands leverage. And now the players are getting some of that. So things are changing and will continue to change. I just hope the leverage doesn’t go away. If it does, we’ll be back to the status quo.”
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Still, other than his on-going discontent with the PGA Tour’s media rights policy, all is well in Mickelson’s world. With their three children out of the house and off to college, he and wife Amy are indulging in some exotic travel. Last December, the pair spent time in Iceland and Denmark. Next week will see them skiing in Montana. And a trip to Rwanda and Tanzania is planned for later this year.

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“I want to see the gorillas,” said Mickelson with a smile. “I’m still driven to work hard and play and compete. But I’m also not blindly obsessed. My life balance has shifted. I’m enjoying the present, wherever I’m at.”

Lest we forget too, this is a current major champion we are talking about—the oldest in history—after his epic victory in the PGA Championship at Kiawah last May. It was something of an oasis among much mediocrity, however. Only occasional forays onto the Champions Tour, where he won twice in 2021, were highlights.

Oh, there was one more. As one of American captain Steve Stricker’s assistants at the Ryder Cup, Mickelson found a new joy in the biennial contest with the Europeans. The result, a record-breaking 19-9 hammering of the Old World, didn’t hurt either.

“I really enjoyed being a vice-captain and spending time with Davis Love, Jim Furyk, Fred Couples, Zach Johnson and Steve,” he said. “I loved being in the room with those guys to talk strategy and share our experiences, positive and negative, over the years. All to give the players of today an opportunity to succeed.

“That was really fun,” he continued. “I felt no stress. The Ryder Cup is the most pressure-packed week. At least for me. So I had a much more enjoyable experience. Amy couldn’t believe it. She had never seen me so calm at a Ryder Cup—and enjoying it so much. It was always the hardest week of the year for me, as much as I love it.”

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Elon Musk and Grimes might be expecting a baby — here’s where their relationship began and everything that’s happened since

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk and musician Grimes have been dating since 2018, when they made their debut as a couple at the annual Met Gala.

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Elon Musk and the musician Grimes took both the business and music worlds by surprise in 2018 when they revealed they were dating.

Since then, the couple has weathered ups and downs, and possibly even a breakup or two. Now, Grimes whose real name is Claire Boucher has hinted that she may be pregnant .

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Here’s a look at how their relationship has progressed from the beginning.

Sean Wolfe contributed to an earlier version of this story.

Claire Boucher, better known by her stage name, Grimes, is also a producer and outspoken advocate for female artists and their treatment by the press and music industry. Shes released multiple albums to critical acclaim, and her breakout album, “Visions,” won the Juno Award for Electronic Album of the Year.

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Grimes and Elon Musk met over Twitter. Musk was planning to make a joke about artificial intelligence specifically, about the Rococo Basilisk character in her “Flesh Without Blood” video and discovered she had beaten him to the punch.

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In May, shortly before the Met Gala, Page Six reported that the pair had been “quietly dating” for a few weeks.

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The report announced that the couple planned to attend the Met Gala together, and that they had been tweeting at each other for a few months.

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Grimes did end up attending the Met Gala with Musk, which was their first official appearance as a couple. Musk later told the Wall Street Journal that he loves Grimes for her “wild fae artistic creativity and hyper intense work ethic.”

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News of their relationship spurred plenty of memes, as many were caught be surprise. Both Grimes and Musk have loyal fanbases who are active online, so there were no shortage of jokes after their relationship was announced.
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Someone even made a Google Chrome extension that replaced all instances of “Elon Musk” on a webpage with “Grimes Boyfriend.”
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Since then, Grimes has taken to Twitter several times to defend Musk and Tesla. In since-deleted tweets, Grimes said Musk has never tried to stop Tesla workers from unionizing and claims she encouraged a union vote among Tesla employees.

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Grimes has also attended official events with Musk, like the Hyperloop Pod Competition in July.
She and Musk,along with his five sons, made an unscheduled appearance at the event.

In July, after it was revealed that Musk has made donations to Republican political committees, Grimes defended his choice, calling it “the price of doing business.”

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Caddie Tim Mickelson, wife Maranda, welcome healthy baby boy By T.J. Auclair · January 29, 2021

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Caddie Tim Mickelson, wife Maranda, welcome healthy baby boy By T.J. Auclair · January 29, 2021

You may have noticed that Phil Mickelson has been using the services of a new caddie these last two week’s for both The American Express and the Farmers Insurance Open.

That new caddie? Mickelson’s swing coach, Andrew Getson.

But fear not; the move is temporary. Mickelson’s brother, Tim, isn’t being replaced. Instead, he’s out for good reason as he and wife, Maranda, welcomed their first child to the world on January 26, a baby boy they named Asher Hayes Mickelson.

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Tim shared the news via has Instagram page on Thursday evening:

Phil Mickelson explained Tim’s absence at The American Express last week.

“Today is January 20 and it’s their due date for their baby boy,” he said. “With Palm Springs being a two-hour drive away, and the inability to join your wife if you’re not with her when you go into the hospital at birth, he has to be there with her.

“I just know that the birth of any children, especially your first, is the most emotional experience that you could possibly share, and there’s no sense to take any risk. He’s at home with his wife; they’re due any minute, any day, and I’m excited for them.”

Phil Mickelson famously wore a pager in the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, prepared to leave at a moment’s notice for the birth of his first child, Amanda. Though he was ready to leave, Mickelson did finish the tournament, where he was runner up to Payne Stewart… on Father’s Day.\

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The very next day, Amanda was born and her father made it in time.

Getson, who has worked with Phil Mickelson just over five years, also filled in at the 2020 Genesis Invitational.

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Tiger Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordegren, 39, is pregnant with 30-year-old NFL star’s baby shortly after it’s revealed she’s ‘still hurt’ by golfer’s relationship with Erica Herman

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Tiger Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordegren, 39, is pregnant with 30-year-old NFL star’s baby shortly after it’s revealed she’s ‘still hurt’ by golfer’s relationship with Erica Herman

SHE famously chased her husband out of their mansion with a golf club in 2009 after discovering he had been cheating on her.

But now, 10 years on, Tiger Woods’s ex-wife Elin Nordegren is pregnant with another sportsman’s baby – and she’s “really happy and excited” about the news.

Elin Nordegren places a hand on her baby bump as she watches her son play flag football in Florida

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Elin Nordegren places a hand on her baby bump as she watches her son play flag football in FloridaCredit: The Mega Agency
Elin, 39, is said to be expecting a child with 30-year-old former NFL star Jordan Cameron – whom she’s been “quietly dating” for more than two years.

She already has daughter Sam Alexis, 12, and son Charlie Axel, 10, with Tiger, while ex-Dolphins and Cleveland Browns star Cameron has a son, Tristan, also 10.

But the happy news comes just shortly after sources told Sun Online that Elin is ‘still hurt’ by golfer Tiger being with someone else.

The mum was left humiliated after her husband of six years admitted cheating on her with more than a dozen women, including two porn stars and the waitress at their local diner.

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Elin, now 39, and her golfer husband Tiger Woods split after she found out he’d been cheating on her
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Elin, now 39, and her golfer husband Tiger Woods split after she found out he’d been cheating on herCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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Elin was dressed all in black, with a matching cap, at the recent flag football gameCredit: The Mega Agency
Following their split, the shamed golfer took an ‘indefinite break’ from his sport and attended sex therapy after he lost millions in sponsorship.

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Elin, who lives in Florida, received a £85million payout from his £550m net worth.

Here we reveal what Elin did next.

Elin is widely reported to be expecting a child with her former NFL star boyfriend, Jordan Cameron
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Elin is widely reported to be expecting a child with her former NFL star boyfriend, Jordan CameronCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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Ten years on, former model and nanny Elin has “finally arrived at a happy place in her life” and not only that, she’s made some sort of peace with her ex.

“Elin truly has a friend in Tiger – but she’s still hiding the pain of their split all these years on,” a well-placed source exclusively told Sun Online.

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“If anything, being closer to Tiger again and spending days together with their children has made it harder to let go of the past.

“She sees a lot of the good side of him now and what an amazing dad he is, but that makes it tough emotionally when you have conflicting feelings about him.

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Simone Biles & Boyfriend Stacey Ervin Jr. Break Up After 3-Year Relationship

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Simone Biles & Boyfriend Stacey Ervin Jr. Break Up After 3-Year Relationship

“It’s for the best,” said Olympic Gold medalist Simone Biles after admitting she and longtime gymnast boyfriend Stacey Ervin Jr. had ended their seemingly fairytale love affair.

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Gracing the August issue of ‘Vogue’ magazine, the 23-year-old discussed at length her outlook on the 2020 Olympics being postponed due to the global health crisis, overcoming obstacles in her life, and more.

Yet, it was her commentary on Ervin Jr. that’s caused the most chatter. Look inside to see just what she’s said.

“It’s hard being young and having that long of a relationship and then ending it,” she told the magazine while also revealing their relationship ended in early March (at the start of the pandemic).

Elsewhere in the conversation, Biles expressed her thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement.

“We need change. We need justice for the Black community. With the peaceful protests it’s the start of change, but it’s sad that it took all of this for people to listen,” she says. “Racism and injustice have existed for years with the Black community. How many times has this happened before we had cell phones?”

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Click here to read the full interview which also includes Biles – who many (ourselves included) revere as the greatest gymnast of all time – dishing on overcoming abuse, training for Olympics 2021, and more.

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Jennifer Aniston: ‘Wonderful’ Brad Pitt was a favorite ‘Friends’ guest

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Jennifer Aniston: ‘Wonderful’ Brad Pitt was a favorite ‘Friends’ guest

Looks like the latest ’90s trend to come back is Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt.

The “Friends” star once again showed that any hard feelings she had for her ex-hubby are in the past, as she lovingly declared that he was her favorite guest star on the classic sitcom.

Aniston said the kind words for Pitt as she appeared this week with fellow cast members Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow on “Access Hollywood” to promote their eagerly anticipated “Friends” reunion show.

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When asked who were their favorite celebrity cameos on the show, names like Reese Witherspoon, Tom Selleck and Charlie Sheen came up. But then Aniston couldn’t help but name her movie star ex.

“Mr. Pitt was wonderful,” she said, while Kudrow added: “He was fantastic.”

The now 57-year-old Pitt appeared in the 2001’s “Friends” episode “The One with the Rumor,” which was shot while he was still married to Aniston.

He played a former classmate of Aniston’s character, Rachel Green, and even nabbed an Emmy nomination.

At the time, the cameo delighted fans.

Aniston and Pitt, who began dating in 1998, had been married for a year at the time and were one of Hollywood’s top power couples.

The good times wouldn’t last. The duo split in 2005 amid rumors that Pitt had embarked on an affair with his “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” co-star Angelina Jolie.

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One month after Aniston filed for divorce, photos emerged showing Pitt and Jolie on a beach with her son Maddox.

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The following year the “Maleficent” star confirmed that she was pregnant with Pitt’s child. They went on to have a family of six children and married in 2014.

Pitt seemed to slam Aniston in a 2011 interview in which he appeared to describe his marriage to her as “pathetic” and detailed how much more fulfilled he was with Jolie. But he soon issued a clarification in which he said his words were misconstrued and “Jen is an incredibly giving, loving, and hilarious woman who remains my friend.”

Two years later, Jolie filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences and the two have spent years battling it out over custody of their large brood.

Aniston, 52, later began a relationship with “The Mosquito Coast” star Justin Theroux. They married in 2015 and separated two years later.

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The internet lost its collective mind in 2020 when Aniston and Pitt shared a sweet moment backstage after their respective wins at the SAG Awards, with many hoping the couple would reconcile.

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