Cut line: Will Phil Mickelson be back? Is it time for Greg Norman to go?


In this week’s issue, we break down the PGA Tour’s decision to deny conflicting event releases at LIV Golf events, marvel at more losses for Phil Mickelson, and lament Greg Norman’s status as the face of the rival league.

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max. [Homa] perspective. One of the Tour’s most entertaining people on social media has officially elevated her status to one of the tour’s bona fide stars, whether on Twitter or on the golf course.


Homa won for the second time this season on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship, one of the most grueling events of the season, weather-wise, with temperatures in the 40s over the weekend and torrential rain on Thursday and Friday.

He became one of only four players to have at least four Tour wins since May 2019 – a list that includes Patrick Cantlay, Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas – and cemented his status as one of the most refreshing interviews of the track at the TPC Potomac.

“Sometimes my life seems too good to be true and this is one of those cases,” he said after his two-stroke win. “We joked about it, but the prospect of whether or not I won, I’m going to have a little boy coming with my beautiful wife. It’s great that we won, but at the end of the day, that will be the biggest trophy.”

Tweet of the week I:

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a hard line. Surprise. That was the reaction across the Tour spectrum when the circuit announced on Monday that it would deny all releases of conflicting events for the first LIV Golf invitational series tournament outside of London in June.

There were many who thought the Tour would award the first round of pitches based on what had been allowed historically. Players are allowed up to three pitches per season, and as recently as February, the Tour awarded nearly two dozen pitches for players to participate in the Saudi International, an event on the Asian Tour calendar.

According to a letter sent to a player who was denied release, the capture of the Tour seemed to be next. “It is an eight-event series with half of those events played in the United States,” the letter said.

Tour regulations do not allow pitches at events played in North America, which would include five of LIV Golf’s eight events, and it appears the tour was in the mood to send a clear message.

BY Golf Digital Channel

The revelations that Mickelson lost $40 million were released Thursday as part of a preview of the upcoming Alan Shipnuck biography.

being phil. Phil Mickelson will not defend his PGA Championship title, it was announced Friday. But when the southpaw decides to return from self-imposed exile, he’ll have plenty of questions to answer.

The questions will begin with his decision to forgo the title defense. They will continue their critical comments on both the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, even if his return is at the rival circuit’s first event in June.

Add to that list of questions the reports in the upcoming unauthorized biography of Alan Shipnuck that Mickelson lost $40 million gambling over a four-year period. To put that in context, Lefty has earned $94 million in his career on Tour, meaning that, after taxes, he has lost most of his Tour earnings, according to the report.

It’s no secret that Mickelson likes to gamble. The real reveal here is that he seems to be bad at it.

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lost liv. Regardless of what comes from LIV Golf and the deepest threat in decades to the Tour’s status as the pinnacle of the professional game, there seems to be one universal truth: Greg Norman was just the wrong guy.

The split between the Tour and the Saudi-backed LIV Golf events was always going to be decided in a court of law, but the decision to make Norman the start league leader was a huge misstep.

Norman expected to lead new 'super league' tour

BY Golf Digital Channel

Greg Norman appeared to downplay Saudi Arabia’s human rights atrocities Wednesday during a promotional event for his upcoming LIV Golf Invitational series.

The Aussie seems more interested in avenging old disputes with the Tour over its “world tour” concept than finding some kind of middle ground, and many of his moves range from the insignificant (taking the first LIV Golf Invitational Series event essentially next door to the DP World Tour headquarters) to the offensively disconnected and insensitive.

In an interview with The Times last week, Norman was asked about the Saudi murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi: “We’ve all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can correct them in the future,” he said. Norman was also asked about the Kingdom’s horrendous record on gay rights: “I’m not sure if I have any gay friends, to be honest with you,” he said.

There are no good answers to any of the questions, but there are bad answers, just like there are bad CEOs and commissioners.

Tweet of the week II: @Karrie_Webb (Karrie Webb) “The girl in me just died well and truly! Has someone’s childhood hero let them down as much as I have now?

The World Golf Hall of Famer responded to Norman’s comments this week and spoke on behalf of an entire generation of Australian golfers whose hero has proven to have impossible flaws.

Updated at 6:48 pm ET