With a statement published on his social media channels, Phil Mickelson said yes to LIV Golf, the Arab Super League that aims to compete against the PGA Tour and snatch many of the best representatives from him: the first event will be held in London this week.
Phil Mickelson, statements
This is the letter from the latest US Open winner: “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 that I have given back the same way but now I am 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 ”.
It now remains to understand what the reaction of the PGA Tour and also of the Majors will be, for the simple reason that immediately there was clear and firm opposition against what is in effect a parallel circuit. Which, among other things, does not assign any valid points for the OWGR, the world ranking. But, at the moment, this is the least for the organization of LIV Golf.