Alan Shipnuck didn’t know his biography of Phil Mickelson would become the most anticipated and newsworthy release of a golf book since his 2011 collaboration with Michael Bamberger, “The Swinger,” a work of fiction that was a thinly disguised version of Tiger Woods, his rise and sudden fall (and since, rise again). 

The big difference is that “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar” (Simon and Schuster) is true — difficult as it may be to believe some of the exploits, stories and anecdotes packed into the book that goes on sale in stores and online Tuesday.

What won’t happen next week is Mickelson defending his PGA Championship. The PGA of America announced on Friday that the two-time PGA winner would not play at Southern Hills, continuing an exile from competitive golf that is either self-imposed, a PGA Tour suspension or a combination of both.

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