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Alan Shipnuck, the author of an unauthorized biography of Phil Mickelson who was removed from a press conference at the LIV Golf Invitational on Thursday, confronted Greg Norman about the incident after a video emerged showing him watching security escort Shipnuck.
Shipnuck took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal that security guards “physically” removed him from a press conference after the round featuring Mickelson on orders “from their boss.”
The author asked who ordered his dismissal and apparently indicated CEO of LIV Golf Investments Greg Norman as a possibility.
PHIL MICKELSON BOOK AUTHOR SAYS HE WAS DROP FROM GOLFER PRESS CONFERENCE
Shipnuck shared a screenshot shortly after asking Norman via text message if he was aware he was “muscular,” to which Norman replied, “I didn’t hear. Thanks for telling me. let it be known.”
But after video evidence emerged, Shipnuck sent Norman a follow-up text to a screenshot showing him standing directly behind him as he was approached by security.
“You can’t make this up! I texted Greg Norman before someone sent me this video – didn’t know he was hiding behind me,” Shipnuck said in a tweet.
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Mickelson was one of the biggest names to join LIV Golf in the months leading up to its first event in London. He created a firestorm in February when his comments to Shipnuck for the book, “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar,” were published in excerpts from the Fire Pit Collective.
His remarks were seen as an excuse for Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. LIV Golf is backed by the Saudi financial arm.
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The PGA Tour revealed on Thursday that the 17 members who announced they would compete in the rival golf league would be suspended. Top golfers like Dustin Johnson and Kevin Na had already announced their resignations before the Tour was announced.
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.