In a lengthy interview with SI.com’s Bob Harig, Phil Mickelson said he’s “evolved” since joining LIV Golf and is excited to know where he’s headed with the USA-backed tour. Saudi Arabia.
The 45-minute interview covered a wide range of topics, from recent moves by the PGA Tour to adjust its schedule and structure to its role in sweeping changes in professional golf.
Mickelson said the recent Tour changes would not have been implemented without LIV Golf providing leverage to the best players in the game. “It was made very clear that nothing would happen. Unless there was leverage, nothing would change,” he said.
Mickelson also said he believed LIV events would be awarded world ranking points. Otherwise, he explained, it would undermine the current system and create the need for a new leaderboard that reflects all the best players in the game.
He “wholeheartedly” believes he will play next year’s Masters despite being suspended by the PGA Tour for breaking its rules when playing LIV events.
“I believe the leaders of the majors are really brilliant people who love the game of golf,” he said. “And I think they understand how not having a lot of the best players in the world undermines their events. And how it would harm the game of golf.”
Mickelson, one of seven players who filed an antitrust complaint against the Tour last month, also said he sees a path to coexistence between the Tour and LIV Golf, which is playing its fourth event this week outside of Boston.
“I think these organizations will come together in time and find a solution,” he said.
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