Golf influencer Paige Spiranac has ripped into six-time Major winner Phil Mickelson for his tweet over Sam Ryder’s outfit at the Farmers Insurance Open last week, and Phil’s wife Amy copped a drive-by in the process.
Mickelson was one of the first players to take advantage of LIV Golf allowing shorts, unlike the PGA Tour which bans players from wearing them in competition rounds, the New York Post reports.
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“The Tour doesn’t allow shorts but does allow this week’s leader to wear joggers with ankle socks?” Mickelson tweeted on Saturday.
“Showing 4 inches of ankle?
“I’m no fashion guy, never will be, but there are some things I won’t ever understand.”
Spiranac savagely hit back at Mickelson, despite being blocked on Twitter, on her “Playing a Round” podcast.
“Phil Mickelson even had this tweet saying ‘how can you show four inches of skin?’,” she said.
“If Phil thinks that’s four inches, I feel sorry for his wife.”
Sam Ryder eventually finished four strokes behind winner Max Homa at Torrey Pines, good enough for fourth.
“He was showing maybe an inch of ankle, they weren’t super tight,” Spiranac said.
“I thought he looked good, but it just shows how incredibly frustrating golf Twitter can be that they were so bothered by Sam Ryder wearing joggers.
Spiranac went on to denounce the strict rules about golf fashion, adding: “If there is anything slightly different in golf, everyone freaks out.”
Mickelson seems to have more time on his hands having left the four-round weekends of the PGA Tour, having made a habit lately of going back and forth with critics on Twitter.
One person replied to his tweet about Ryder, saying: “How about you just worry about playing those 3 day captain’s choice tournaments and leave the real golf to the PGA.”
Mickelson replied: “I agree.
“I’ve already won 45 of those PGA thingies.
“They were pretty easy.
“Captains choice tournaments (LIV EVENTS) are much tougher with such stronger fields. I haven’t even won one yet.”
The 52-year-old joined the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour in June, along with a number of other top professionals, including Australia’s Cameron Smith.
Mickelson has not yet addressed Spiranac’s comments publicly.
– This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced with permission.