Phil Mickelson's position towards the PGA Tour is softening. The Californian, who has long passed to the Arab Super League, has decided to remove his signature from the lawsuit filed by several LIV Golf players against the top American circuit.
11 had turned to the Antitrust after the suspension called by the PGA Tour to those who had decided to choose the Superlega.
Phil Mickelson, statements
"I am happy to be part of LIV Golf but I am also very grateful to the PGA Tour for all the time spent on the circuit, also characterized by great victories", Mickelson's statements.
With Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Talor Gooch and Hudson Swafford also dropped the lawsuit. Philip Alfred Mickelson (known as Lefty for his left-handed swing even though he is right-handed in everyday life) (San Diego, June 16, 1970) is an American golfer.
He is one of the best players of his generation and has won six major major tournaments: three times the Masters (in 2004, 2006 and 2010), two the PGA Championship (in 2005 and 2021) and once The Open Championship in the edition of the 2013.
He is one of 13 players in the history of golf to have won at least 3 of the 4 majors and has also finished six times in second place in the US Open Championship without ever managing to win this tournament. With his victory in his second PGA Championship on May 23, 2021, he became, at 50, 11 months and 8 days, the oldest player to take the lead in one of four major tournaments.
The exceptional performance on the Kiawah Island course - where he beat compatriot Bruce Koepka and South African Louis Oosthuizen, who were twenty years younger than his own, after an exciting three-way duel - came eight years after the last major won in 2013.
Mickelson, who had progressively slipped past the hundredth position in the world rankings, suddenly rose to number 32. Over the course of his almost thirty-year career he has been in the top 10 in the world according to the Official World Golf Ranking for over 700 weeks, reaching the second place on several occasions, but never the first, in a period dominated by Tiger Woods, of which Michelson was one of the few rivals capable of putting him in trouble.
In fact, thanks to an unscrupulous game (risky in jargon), made up of imaginative and otherwise impossible recoveries, he has often been able to cope with younger athletes in the form of himself. Particularly famous for his spectacular approaches to him (for example the Phil flop) he is considered among the best players in the history of golf around the green.
He started playing golf as a child, imitating his father playing in front of him. For this reason, despite being right-handed in every other activity in his life, he plays golf as a left-handed. Equally prestigious was his career as an amateur, punctuated, among others, by the victory in 1990 of the US amateur and a tournament of the PGA Tour, the Northern Telecom Open in 1991.
Overall in his career he has won 52 tournaments, including 43 on the PGA tour. In 2009 he won two World golf Championship tournaments for the first time, the Ca Championship and the HSBC Championship. He has participated in the last nine editions of the Ryder Cup as a member of Team U.S.A.
He has been a member of the World Golf Hall of fame since 2012. According to Forbes magazine, he was the 8th highest paid sportsman in the world in 2014 with $ 50.8 million.