Phil Mickelson SLAMS golf journalist: "Nice piece of fiction!"

Phil Mickelson has taken a shot at golf journalist and Golf Channel co-host Eamon Lynch on Twitter. 

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Sun, 14 May 2023
Phil Mickelson SLAMS golf journalist: "Nice piece of fiction!"

Phil Mickelson has continued his activity on Twitter this week, this time taking a shot at golf journalist Eamon Lynch on Saturday. 

Mickelson, 52, has been more active than usual on Twitter in the past few weeks. 

His increased presence began after fellow LIV Golf member, Talor Gooch, spoke out about not qualifying for the U.S. Open in June. 

Gooch, 31, believed the USGA had changed the qualifying criteria so that he, specifically, would no longer be eligible. The USGA have since denied that the change that kept him out was made retroactively. 

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However, Mickelson does not appear to believe that, as he went to bat for his fellow LIV Golf player, taking shots at both USGA CEO Mike Whan and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan just over a week ago. 

In a tweet, he wrote:

"Mike Whan recently changed the wording from “qualified”for the Tour championship to “eligible.” Thereby taking away Gooch’s exemption since he wasn’t eligible to play even though he had qualified.This doesn’t make the US open better in any way but does help collude with the Tour"

He later added to the discussion, tweeting:

"Whan needs JM and Tour support for new ball roll back. It fails without it. Whan colludes with Tour to keep Gooch out of Open and delay LIV getting owgr points. Tour players don’t want ball roll back so now JM must sway players to implement it. Interesting times"

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Earlier this week, Mickelson made light of his recent Twitter rants, writing that he'd been "a bit chippy" lately on a post with a chipping technique video. 

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But despite seemingly admitting to being "chippy," it didn't stop the Twitter rants. 

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And on Saturday, Lynch was Mickelson's latest target. 

Lynch had written a column for Golfweek headlined: "Phil Mickelson’s conspiracy rants are just a ploy to deflect a responsibility that lies with him."

He then tweeted out his story, which prompted Mickelson's reply:

"Nice piece of fiction. In reality, your blind trust in PGA Tour is comical given they are under investigation for countless antitrust violations that have now been expanded to include PGA of America, USGA, and ANGC. should it include you too? Probably. See you next week""

And the conversation didn't end there. 

Lynch replied to Mickelson's jab with one of his own:

And the conversation continued...

Mickelson's sign-off of "see you next week" referring to the PGA Championship, which is set to begin 18 May at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. 

It will mark the second time LIV Golf and PGA Tour players have come together in 2023, following The Masters in early April. 

But before then, Mickelson is in Oklahoma with the rest of LIV for the LIV Golf Tulsa event. He was tied for 43rd in the 48-player event after two rounds. 

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