Golf news 2022: Phil Mickelson biographer Alan Shipnuck ‘physically removed’ from LIV press conference, Greg Norman exposed

Australian icon Greg Norman has been accused of lying after a reporter was ‘physically removed’ from a LIV Golf press conference.

Alan Shipnuck, biographer of Phil Mickelson, claimed he was “physically removed” from the golfer’s press conference on Thursday.

“Well, two neckless security guards just physically pulled me away from Phil Mickelson’s press conference, saying they were acting on orders from their boss, whom they declined to name. (Greg Norman? MBS? Al Capone?) Never boring here,” Shipnuck tweeted.

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Australian golf icon Greg Norman runs LIV Golf, and MBS is Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

Shipnuck then tweeted a photo showing a disgruntled-looking Norman looking over his shoulder. He also posted a screenshot of a text exchange with Norman in which he asked if Norman was aware he had “muscled up” from the press conference.

Norman replied, “I didn’t hear. Thanks for letting me know.”

Shipnuck then sent Norman the picture of him watching Shipnuck get talked into by security.

It was Shipnuck who published Mickelson’s controversial remarks that downplayed the human rights concerns attributable to playing on the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series. The quotes first appeared in February on the website Household collective.

“They’re scary motherfuckers to get involved with,” Mickelson told Shipnuck.

“We know they killed (Washington Post reporter Jamal) Khashoggi and they have a horrible human rights record. They execute people there for being gay. Knowing it all Why would I even consider that because it’s a unique opportunity to reshape the way the PGA Tour works.

Mickelson apologized for the remarks and said they weren’t meant to be published, saying they were “off-the-record comments shared out of context and without my consent.”

Shipnuck replied that these allegations were “completely false”.

Mickelson went into relative isolation for several months, likely banned by the PGA Tour, which has since issued indefinite suspensions to all golfers who participate in LIV.

Mickelson was reportedly paid around A$281 million to join LIV Golf, which kicked off Thursday with its first tournament outside of London.

Earlier this week, AP reporter Rob Harris was escorted out of a LIV press conference by security after an argumentative exchange.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been reproduced with permission

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