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Phil Mickelson says PGA Tour is ‘trending downwards’: ‘I really like the facet that I’m on’

Phil Mickelson is in Saudi Arabia and inflicting a stir. 

Mickelson, taking part in in LIV Golf’s occasion on the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, mentioned the ever-changing world of golf introduced on by LIV.

Team Captain Phil Mickelson of Hy Flyers GC practices on the driving range ahead of day one of the LIV Golf Invitational - Jeddah at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club on Oct. 14, 2022 in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia. 

Team Captain Phil Mickelson of Hy Flyers GC practices on the driving vary forward of day one of many LIV Golf Invitational – Jeddah at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club on Oct. 14, 2022 in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia. 
(Chris Trotman/LIV Golf through Getty Images)

“I believe going ahead it’s important to decide a facet. You have to select what facet do you suppose goes to achieve success. And I firmly imagine that I’m on the successful facet of how issues are going to evolve and form within the coming years for skilled golf,” Mickelson stated Thursday. 

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“We play towards lots of the perfect gamers on this planet on LIV and there are lots of the perfect gamers on this planet on the PGA Tour. Until either side sit down and have a dialog and work one thing out, either side are going to proceed to alter and evolve. And I see LIV Golf trending upwards, I see the PGA Tour trending downwards, and I really like the facet that I’m on.”

Team Captain Phil Mickelson of Hy Flyers GC plays his shot from the ninth tee during Day Three of the LIV Golf Invitational - Bangkok at Stonehill Golf Course on Oct. 9, 2022 in Pathum Thani, Thailand. 

Team Captain Phil Mickelson of Hy Flyers GC performs his shot from the ninth tee throughout Day Three of the LIV Golf Invitational – Bangkok at Stonehill Golf Course on Oct. 9, 2022 in Pathum Thani, Thailand. 
(Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/LIV Golf through Getty Images)

It was practically a yr in the past that Mickelson first discovered himself in scorching water over feedback he made concerning Saudi Arabia, the nation that funds LIV Golf. 

In an interview with The Fire Pit Collective in November 2021, Mickelson is quoted as saying that regardless of Saudi Arabia’s file on human rights, partnering with the regime was a possibility to alter how the sport of golf operates.

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“They’re scary m———— to become involved with,” Mickelson is quoted as saying. “We know they killed [Washington Post reporter and U.S. resident Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible file on human rights. They execute folks over there for being homosexual. Knowing all of this, why would I even think about it? Because this can be a once-in-a-lifetime alternative to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.”

The feedback brought on Mickelson to take a while away from golf whereas sponsors ended their relationship with the six-time main winner.

Team Captain Phil Mickelson of Hy Flyers GC speaks to the media during a press conference after the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Jeddah at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club on Oct. 13, 2022 in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia. 

Team Captain Phil Mickelson of Hy Flyers GC speaks to the media throughout a press convention after the pro-am previous to the LIV Golf Invitational – Jeddah at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club on Oct. 13, 2022 in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia. 
(Chris Trotman/LIV Golf through Getty Images)

Mickelson has since stated that the dialog was off the file, which he reiterated on Thursday. 

“I’ll reiterate, I by no means did an interview with Alan Shipnuck [of The Fire Pit Collective],” Mickelson stated. “And I discover that my expertise with all people related to LIV Golf has been nothing however invcredibly constructive I’ve the utmost respect for everyone that I’ve been concerned with.”

LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah takes place October 14-16. 

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