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Phil To Scribes: “Didn’t you guys see my video?”

Rex Hoggard on Phil Mickelson's deadpan jab at Tiger's social media experiment in lieu of a press room visit.

Phil Mickelson is not one to ever miss the subtly of the moment, so when he entered the Quail Hollow press room Wednesday afternoon he deadpanned, “Didn’t you guys see my video?”

It was classic Lefty and a not-so-subtle jab at Tiger Woods, who skipped this week’s pre-tournament news conference at the Wells Fargo Championship and instead posted a video on his website answering questions he’d received from fans via social media.

Steve Elling noted that Hunter Mahan also piled on, telling the scribes: "I was going to announce that I am doing this only on webcasts from now on."

As expected, Tiger took a pass on talking to the press according to Golf Channel, but Bob Harig reports that Sean Foley is ecstatic with Woods' ball-striking.

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Any updates on Videotron, Fogroller, Longitude, and Phil?
05.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPerry
Very good on the part of both Phil and Hunter. If Tiger was as bad a guy as everyone wants us to believe he is I don't thing the other guys would bust his balls like this.
05.2.2012 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Or maybe they aren't intimidated by him anymore, ol. Harv.
05.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBsoudi
Hearing Tiger signed autographs today after the round and again after spending time on the range.
05.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterWord
Roll it on out, Tiger. Got enough reps this time?
05.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJackson
10 more majors and about 30 more tour wins...then talk phil

hunter mahan caddys for who again?

05.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterElyse
If Tiger can't back all this up with wins, these bizarre Twitter Q&A video clips start to make him look like he is losing his mind as he enters the downhill skid of this career. I guess Nick Faldo said it.
05.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeek Tragedy
Get ready peoples he's fixin lower the BOOM again! INGLEWOOD JACK!!
05.2.2012 | Unregistered Commenter5th Street
Okay, now I am really wondering who might be the players behind some of the clever screen names for the commenters at
05.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChuck
Snide shot from phoney Phil who turns down the majority of post game requests for interviews.
And that is a fact.
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
LOL. I almost wrote last night, "I'm sorry, Stanley, but that made me laugh. I must be a bad person." So, never mind about the keeping my mouth shut part. But I do hope that ol Harv is right.
@Stanley T

Funny quip from a decent - very well liked guy with a great sense of humor. Phil is a class act, Tiger is not. It doesn't matter how much you try and twist the facts or fantasize about it being different.

05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
If I was a professional athlete I'd skip out on talking to the idiot media every chance I got too.
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTJ
No, you are not a bad guy.
But you occasionally demonstrate certain biases.
I think we all have them sometimes though. Even me. LOL
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
Press Agent

They don't call Phil "red light" for nothing.
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
I don't know anybody on tour. But since this whole tiger fire hydrant thing happened, calling Phil a phony does not compute. it was always in relation to Tiger. Tiger was the real person and Phil the phony. Did Tigeer start this? I never got why Phil was called this and then it kinda stuck in my brain that Phil was a phony, with no evidence on my part. Funny how rumors work.

A funny comment by Phil. Tiger needs to get a sense of humor that is beyond a 12 yr old boy mentality.
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterA3
Phil wins this one 5 &4
05.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
@A3 -

FIGJAM is the "phony" bit, I'd imagine.
Maybe Phil turns down post round interviews because he spends an hour signing autographs.
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
this is just good-natured sh*t talk, which is one of the things i love most about golf. i suspect tiger understands even if the sobbing leave-tiger-alone crowd doesn't.
05.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterthusgone
It's a funny quote by Phil, it's also ironic since Phil blows off pre tourn interviews a decent amount (and you can ask any golf writer or just check ASAP transcripts, where you won't find as many for Phil). Of course Phil also doesn't post hostage videos :).

For about the billionth time Tiger is fairly well liked on tour, he's friendly with Hunter (and esp Hunter's caddie).
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterElf
thusgone summarizes it perfectly.

I believe it was Tiger's mother who started the rumor about Phil being phony. She called him plastic Phil or something like that - way way back. Who's the phony now?
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent

I think what you meant to say is "I don't call him"

this is funny: "But you occasionally demonstrate certain biases.
I think we all have them sometimes though. Even me. LOL "

you know, in an ironic kinda way.
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Press Agent
The term FIGJAM came from fellow pros as did Red Light, not from me.
They called him Red Light because he only was nice when the TV camers's red recording light was on.
As one pro said when he was asked why Phil was basically not liked. "You don't see the same Phil we see in the locker room"
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
@ Stanley - your stuff is about 12 years old. Vijay is one of the ones starting the "Phoney" stuff, and who @$#% cares what comes out of his mouth ? The guys that didn't like Phil very much were the old guard when smart alecy Phil showed up (guys like Calc, and Zinger, ect). Based on everything I've seen lately, if you polled the under 30 crowd Phil would be very popular. As far as Tiger, I don't think anyone ever had the same expectations from him to be one of the guys - in fact they probably would have thought it weird, since he was busy burying them all week after week. So all they wanted from him was to not be a jerk. Read Haney's book about how Tiger picks his buddies on Tour - guys who have lesser talent and not much personality. Great guy that Tiger.
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
@ Stanley: find one pro who will say any of this on record. It has always been framed the way you just framed it: "they" and "one pro" or "some pro" or "someone....." It's extremely easy for me to say "a guy told me Stanley Thompson who posts on Shackelford's blog is a real douche bag" and just keep repeating that until it catches.

Just man up and admit you don't like Phil, it's fine, even if most everyone else does.
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
"Tiger picks his buddies on Tour - guys who have lesser talent and not much personality"

You mean guys like Bubba Watson, Tiger's long time practice round partner? What a boring hack, that Bubba.
05.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenter"33"
Press agent,
You are probably not aware that Stanley Thompson was one of the greatest golf architects ever. He trained so many followers including R.T. Jones. he was a master of minimalism and created many outstanding golf courses in his day.
You must be an American to not recognize this.
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
@33 - Tiger and Bubba are no longer "regular practice round partners". Not since 2009 anyway, which along with all of Tiger's problems, also coincides with Bubba getting good.
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Well, here's the thing about "FIGJAM": Other than Tiger only one active player is even in the ballpark with Phil's total victories and he is pushing 50. DLIII is next. Phil currently has 100% more victories than Davis. Next on the list are Els, Furyk, and Duval. Don't think one of them will catch Phil, either. So, when you get right down to it, 'F*ck, he is good, and you don't even have to ask him."
ol Harv

Let's ask his ex and kids if he is a bad guy. He is a selfish, jackbutt skank. Do not work to apologize for him. Why anyone cuts this slimeball any slack is beyond me.
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFoot the Free
Tiger's post-round spin continues to be worse than his golf.
05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEzra
The king is crowned, BS.
05.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenter"33"

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