Mickelson goes with the Arabs: it is a break with the PGA

The six-time major champion will participate in the new super league’s first tournament this week. “I’ll be back to do what I love”

Phil Mickelson has decided to marry the fledgling super league funded by Saudi Arabia. An earthquake, announced, that shakes the world of golf. The first event is scheduled this week at Centurion Golf Club near London. Only 48 players, three rounds for a total of 54 holes, no cuts and therefore prizes for everyone. The prize pool is 25 million euros, 4 of which are for the winner. Mickelson thus joins Dustin Johnson and a few European veterans – Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter – who have decided to risk penalties and disqualifications from Pga and Dp World Tour in order to quickly monetize with the Arabs. Mickelson said he still intends to play the Majors, the first of which, the US Open, is scheduled for next week at Brookline, near Boston. To see if he can do it.

The press release

This is the statement of the six-time major champion, which appeared on his social channels: “First of all, I would like to apologize again to the many people I offended and hurt with my comments a few months ago. I’ve made mistakes in my career in some of the things I’ve said and done. Taking some time and reflecting on myself has been humbling. I needed to start prioritizing the people I love the most and work on becoming a better version of me. I spent this time with Amy and my loved ones. I have been consciously engaged in ongoing therapy and feel healthier and more at peace. I recognize that I still have a long way to go, but I face the work ahead. I am ready to go back to playing what I love, but after 32 years this is a new restart, one that is exciting for me at this point in my career and is clearly transformative, not just for me, but ideally for the game as well. and for my companions. I also like the progressive format and I think it will be nice for the fans. Equally important, it will give balance, allowing me to focus on a healthier approach to life on and off the pitch. I am incredibly grateful for what this game and the PGA Tour have given me. I want to think it returned the same way but now I’m ready for this new opportunity. I can’t wait to get started with LIV Golf and I appreciate everyone involved. I also want to play the majors. I totally recognize and respect the fact that some may disagree with this decision and have strong opinions, and I empathize with it. I have a renewed spirit and excitement for the game. I am really very grateful for the support of my fans, partners, friends and comrades and I hope that over time the feelings, relationships and support will continue ”.

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