Phil Mickelson announces new exodus to Liv

“It’s going to happen,” Lefty pointed out

by Andrea Gussoni
Phil Mickelson announces new exodus to Liv
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The 2023 LIV Golf season ends this week at Trump National Doral (Florida) with the Team Championship, the last of 14 tournaments in the breakaway League financially supported by the PIF (Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund).

Phil Mickelson, one of the pillars of the organization, took the opportunity this Wednesday to announce a new exodus of “talent” for the 2024 financial year.

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“It’s going to happen,” Lefty pointed out.

When players watch LIV, they want to be a part of it. Everyone here is happy and enjoys what they do and especially appreciates the team aspect. Enjoying each other and the camaraderie, helping to make this tour a global event… There are a lot of players who want to be part of it.

But places are expensive: There are many more players who want to come than places available. » What should we think of these declarations, which are both noisy and, to say the least, optimistic? A year ago, we remember, there was already talk of a massive exodus of players from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf.

On arrival, only Mito Pereira, Sebastian Munoz, Brendan Steele and the Belgian from the DP World Tour, Thomas Pieters, had responded to the sirens of the PIF and its millions of dollars. Nothing to do with the much flashier names announced such as Patrick Cantlay, Jason Day, Xander Schauffele, Cameron Young, Jon Rahm or Adam Scott and who ultimately remained on the PGA Tour.

Some have even come to strengthen the TGL, the virtual golf league led by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, like Patrick Cantlay and Wyndham Clark, the latest winner of the US Open. It is nevertheless certain that certain players will no longer be part of LIV Golf in 2024.

Chase Koepka, Jed Morgan, James Piot and Sihwan Kim are already relegated and will have to return to the League led by Greg Norman via an event promotion, leaving de facto four places free. SO ? Who will be the new elected officials?

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