Reporter Alan Shipnuck was “forcibly removed” from Phil Mickelson’s post-round press conference at the LIV Tour on Thursday. The Sports Illustrated reporter initially quizzed Greg Norman, the head of the fledgling golf league, in a text about whether he was aware of the incident.
“Did not hear. Thanks for letting me know,” Norman responded.
However, Shipnuck then found footage from CNN that showed not only was Norman aware, but he watched the entire situation unfold.
“Oh, mystery solved,” Shipnuck tweeted with the screen grab after wondering who was responsible for his treatment.
He then texted Norman: “That’s funny because,” before sending the photo to the two-time major field.
Shipnuck released quotes from his unauthorized Mickelson biography in February in which Mickelson laid out the atrocities of the Saudi regime, which is funding the LIV Tour, but rationalized using them as leverage to negotiate with the PGA Tour.
The blowback from those comments forced Mickelson, 51, into exile. He did not appear in public again until this week when he signed with the LIV Tour for a reported $200 million.
Mickelson shot a 1-under 69 in the first round at the Centurion Club, but it was Shipnuck’s treatment that stole the headlines at the LIV Tour’s premiere event.