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Phil Mickelson THREATENS Krispy Kreme

4/13/2011 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Phil Mickelson has had his fill of Krispy Kreme -- because TMZ has learned, the golf legend raised a legal FIRESTORM when he discovered the doughnut chain was using his image without permission.


It's all over a billboard display in one of KK's locations in Augusta, GA -- erected to commemorate Phil's infamous visit to the same doughnut shop after he won the 2010 Masters tournament.

According to our doughnut sources, Phil's camp was PISSED ... because no one got the man's approval before plastering his image all over the display.

We're told one of Phil's associates even paid a little visit to the KK in question last week to make sure employees removed every last picture -- and threatened legal action if they didn't.

We're told the doughnut store removed the display. Phil's rep had no official comment.

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Ah come on Phil. Lighten up. Ask for a percentage and don't be mean and nasty.

1253 days ago


Phil, I live in Augusta. Augusta, the Augusta National & the Masters have been very good to you. We don't appreciate you being so arrogant as to threaten this local restaurant in our community. This is no different than the papparazzi taking your picture & showing it. They only had it hung on their wall. You are getting bad publicity here in Augusta now (& all over for that matter). There are attorneys calling in to our local radio station saying you have no legal leg to stand on. This does not make you look good. Krispy Kreme, don't back down. you have a right to hang that picture on your wall. Don't let this **s*ole intimidate you. Phil, we will remember this next year when you come here for the MAsters.

1253 days ago


Lost another fan here too, Phil. I am very disappointed in you. You have become to full of yourself. You are not that great. There are many more golfers more likeable than you. Forget you!

1253 days ago


I was born & raised in Augusta. Lived here all my life. Have been going to the Masters every year for the past 35 years. Will not be cheering Phil on any more. Phil, not smart to bite the hand that feeds you. you have insulted Augusta & the Masters with your arrogant attitude.

1253 days ago


So TMZ can use your picture for free but not Krispi Kream?

1253 days ago

Shawn's Great Great Grandmother.    

Krispy Kreme made him what he is today.
A guy with giant man-boobs.

1253 days ago


I did pull for Phil but I like KK better-go Tiger. Master week get real Phil.

1252 days ago


The PR blowback from the heavyhanded actions of Phil and his goons is going to harm him much more than the unauthorized marketing efforts of a solitary Krispy Kreme in Augusta, Georgia.

1252 days ago


Just wonder if it's because Phil has battled weight issues that he doesn't want associated with KK.

1252 days ago


There's no fun with Phil. Augusta's former favorite shows that wealth engenders vanity and a superior attitude. How disappointing!

1250 days ago
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