Phil Mickelson tears into journalist with Looney Tunes dig: "That's all folks"

Phil Mickelson has torn into the journalist Alan Shipnuck, accusing the writer of lying about Jon Rahm's reported $600m switch to LIV Golf.

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Mon, 27 Nov 2023
Phil Mickelson tears into journalist with Looney Tunes dig: "That's all folks"

Phil Mickelson has accused the journalist and author Alan Shipnuck of outright lying about Jon Rahm's reported switch to LIV Golf. 

Rahm has always been a key target for the breakaway tour and over the last two years has repeatedly denied he would be leaving the PGA Tour anytime soon. 

"I just stayed because I think it's the best choice for myself and for the golf I want to play," Rahm previously explained. 

The golfer has already stated he has amassed generational wealth and a lucrative LIV deal 'wouldn't change my life'. 

Over the last two weeks the rumours have once again ramped up a notch after the Spanish World No.3 withdrew from Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy's TGL

Now he's reportedly received an offer in the region of $600m but wants LIV to alter their format if he is to put pen to paper. 

In the past, Rahm has taken to social media to set the record straight. Curiously, he has been silent this time around.  

Last September, one social media warrior suggested from a 'source' that Rahm's deal was signed, sealed and delivered. 

"PGA Tour is on the ropes," the 'reporter' wrote, claiming to have an impeccable track record over LIV's signings.  

"I must inform you that you have started a losing streak because you and your source are wrong," Rahm wrote. "I want to thank you for the lift in the PIP."

Rahm was referencing the Tour's player impact program. The aforementioned McIlroy has been confirmed as the winner of the 2023 PIP, taking home a $15m bonus. 

The 2023 Masters champion placed third, taking home $9m. 

One person who hasn't been silent throughout this whole affair in men's professional golf is of course Mickelson

Shipnuck, who wrote a tell-all biography of Mickelson that was published in 2022, claims Lefty has been blabbing about Rahm. 

Mickelson has denied informing others Rahm would be joining LIV. "Phil knows the truth," Shipnuck doubled-down on X. 

The six-time major champ went further on Monday, asking Shipnuck to name his source after labelling him a 'lying POS'. 

Mickelson joked Shipnuck's sources were Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.

"That's all folks," Mickelson signed off his post in which he explained he has never spoken to anyone about Rahm. 

The post has since been deleted, but you can view it here:

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