Phil Mickelson’s social media blocking spree apparently includes golf influencer Paige Spiranac.
On Tuesday, the social media star claimed in a tweet that Mickelson blocked her on Twitter. It is unclear when he blocked Spiranac, though she is certainly not alone as Mickelson is on a social media cleanse after making controversial comments about the PGA Tour and a potential Saudi-backed golf league.
The popular “No Laying Up” podcast, golf writer Geoff Shackelford and Ladies European Tour pro Meghan MacLaren also have been blocked by Mickelson on Twitter, according to screen grabs.
“Wait Phil Mickelson just blocked the woman who is basically the Mother Theresa of golf?” Golf Channel host Lisa Cornell wrote in response to MacLaren.
On Tuesday, Mickelson, 51, issued a statement on social media, apologizing for his “reckless” comments he made to golf writer Alan Shipnuck for an upcoming biography.
Mickelson claimed there were “off the record comments being shared out of context and without my consent.” Shipnuck tweeted that those comments were “completely false.”
Spiranac replied to Shipnuck’s tweet, writing, “What did he say? I’m blocked.”
Mickelson admitted to Shipnuck, in a piece published by The Fire Pit Collective, that he has considered working with the SGL in order to “reshape how the PGA Tour operates.”
He also claimed that as “nice” as PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan “comes across as, unless you have leverage, he won’t do what’s right.”
Mickelson continued, “They’re scary motherf—ers to get involved with. We know they killed [Washington Post reporter and U.S. resident Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights. They execute people over there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates. They’ve been able to get by with manipulative, coercive, strong-arm tactics because we, the players, had no recourse. As nice a guy as [PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan] comes across as, unless you have leverage, he won’t do what’s right. And the Saudi money has finally given us that leverage. I’m not sure I even want [the SGL] to succeed, but just the idea of it is allowing us to get things done with the [PGA] Tour.”
In his statement about the situation, Mickelson said he “desperately need[s] some time away to prioritize the ones I love most and work on being the man I want to be.”
Reaching out on Twitter may not be the best way to contact him during his golf hiatus.