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How family man Phil Mickelson is pitted against love cheat Tiger Woods in £7m golfing showdown

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How family man Phil Mickelson is pitted against love cheat Tiger Woods in £7m golfing showdown

WHOEVER said cheaters never prosper is about to be proven right or wrong, once and for all.

This weekend sees a titanic clash of the golf world’s biggest cheater and most honest family man, as Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods face off in a £7million showdown in Las Vegas.

Tiger Woods will be facing off against his long-term rival Phil Mickelson to decide who is the ultimate golfing champion

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Tiger Woods will be facing off against his long-term rival Phil Mickelson to decide who is the ultimate golfing championCredit: EPA
One has been happily married for decades and even missed an important tournament to attend his daughter’s graduation.

While the other has a list of public indiscretions as long as his golf club, including a host of extra-marital affairs, a controversy-plagued career and a drug-driving rap.

But how do the long-time rivals compare to each other on and off the field and can you really come out on top by sticking to the rules?

Here, we take a look how the contrasting fortunes of Mickelson and Woods have played out so far.

Phil Mickelson is happily married to his wife Amy who he supported through her struggle with breast cancer
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Phil Mickelson is happily married to his wife Amy who he supported through her struggle with breast cancerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Family guy vs sex-obsessed cheat
Mickelson, 48, has been married to glamorous wife Amy for over 20 years and the pair have three children – Amanda, 19, Sophia, 17 and Evan, 15.

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When the couple first met in 1992, she was a cheerleader at Arizona State University, while Phil had graduated and was already a famous golfer.

They married four years later in 1996 and Amy has been at his side every step of the way.

Phil carried a pager at the 1999 US Open and was ready to quit at any time to make sure he didn’t miss Amanda’s birth, which he was able to witness soon after losing the tournament by a stroke.

Phil Mickelson is the ultimate family man, even skipping the US Open to attend his daughter’s graduation
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Phil Mickelson is the ultimate family man, even skipping the US Open to attend his daughter’s graduationCredit: Getty – Contributor
He helped her through a battle with breast cancer from Spring 2009 until 2012, regularly flying in from the golf tour to go to treatments with her.

And the ever-devoted family man skipped the ultra-important US Open for the first time in his career in 2017 to attend Amanda’s high school graduation.

He said: “As I look back on life, this is a moment I’ll always cherish and be glad I was present.”

Unlike Mickelson, Tiger Woods has been linked to a slew of different women, including Olympic gold medallist Lindsey Vonn
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Unlike Mickelson, Tiger Woods has been linked to a slew of different women, including Olympic gold medallist Lindsey VonnCredit: Instagram / @lindseyvonn
Woods, meanwhile, doesn’t appear to place the same importance on family.

The 42-year-old married Swedish model Elin Nordegren, 38, in 2004 but they divorced in 2010 after Woods admitted to cheating on her with a string of women, including a nightclub hostess named Rachel Uchitel.

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Woods had a relationship with porn star Holly Sampson

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Woods had a relationship with porn star Holly SampsonCredit: Refer to Caption
He later said in an emotional TV interview: “I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did is not acceptable. And I am the only person to blame. I stopped living by the core values that I was taught to believe in.”

Tiger went on to have a string of public romances and one-night-stands after his divorce, including one with Olympic gold medallist Lindsey Vonn, lingerie model Jamie Jungers and porn star Holly Sampson.

Another of Woods’ conquests was lingerie model Jamie Jungers who was recently found ‘near death’ in a drug den
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Another of Woods’ conquests was lingerie model Jamie Jungers who was recently found ‘near death’ in a drug denCredit: Rex Features
He is now dating restaurant manager Erica Herman, 33, who will be by his side at the Vegas showdown with Mickelson.

They have been dating since late 2017, just months after Tiger split with previous girlfriend Kristin Smith, who had suspected him of cheating on her.

Tiger has three half-siblings, Earl Jr, Kevin and Royce – but they have publicly claimed he abandoned them as he got famous.

Phil Mickelson has had five major wins throughout his career, compared to Woods’ 14 wins
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Phil Mickelson has had five major wins throughout his career, compared to Woods’ 14 winsCredit: PA:Empics Sport
Sex scandals, boozy driving and blazing rows
Phil hasn’t really shown himself as the rule-breaking type, and even when he did accidentally break a minor rule on the golf course in West Virginia in July, he reported himself to officials.

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Later that same tournament, he was slapped with a two-shot penalty for another rule break and later issued an apology for telling critics to “toughen up”.

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He admitted: “I do a lot of dumb stuff.”

Woods, on the other hand, is almost as known for his controversies as being one of golf’s all-time greats.

Tiger Woods’ high profile sex scandals have lost him some incredibly lucrative sponsorship deals

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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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