Mickelson turns heads at the PGA Championship with LIV Golf comments

Phil Mickelson turns heads at the PGA Championship as he insists he ‘knows things others don’t’ about PGA Tour lawsuit – and says LIV Golf’s biggest accomplishment is ‘providing the highest pay’

  • Phil Mickelson reportedly pocketed $200m for joining LIV Golf last year
  • He made yet more comments about his old employers, the PGA Tour, on Sunday
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Phil Mickelson has courted controversy once more, stepping off the course at the PGA Championship to offer some very strong opinions on the LIV-PGA lawsuit.

Mickelson is one of the most high-profile players to have swapped the PGA Tour for the Saudi-backed LIV series, pocketing himself a reported $200m in the process.

He is never far away from the spotlight when it comes to criticism of his former employers, and that was once again the case at Oak Hill on Sunday evening.

After finishing his final round at the PGA Championship, and securing a 10-over-par 58th-placed finish, he was asked why he continues to hit out at his old tour.

‘I guess it’s because I know some things that others don’t,’ he told reporters. ‘I just want to make sure everybody’s held accountable.’

Phil Mickelson hit out at the PGA Tour – again – when speaking to reporters on Sunday

His fellow LIV Golf rebel Brooks Koepka won the PGA Championship at Oak Hill in New York

He then added: ‘I know a lot of stuff that will come out later.’

Earlier in the week, the leftie had confirmed a New York Times report that he met with DOJ investigators recently. It was also reported that Bryson Dechambeau and Sergio Garcia – another two LIV defectors – had done the same.

In 2022, the federal government opened an inquiry into the PGA Tour’s alleged antitrust behavior, and is reportedly exploring the tour’s relationship with The Masters, the Official World Golf Rankings, the PGA of America, the R&A, and the USGA.

Furthermore, Mickelson was asked by reporters what he felt the biggest accomplishment of LIV is so far.

Pulling no punches, the 52-year-old, six-time major winner said: ‘It’s provided 48 new professional golf opportunities at the highest pay, which is incredible.’

Mickelson is still popular among golf crowds despite moving to the Saudi-backed series

He then added: ‘It’s … getting a lot younger fans to come out and introducing a whole different vibe to the game of golf that I think is necessary.

‘We’re only a year (in) and I’m thinking, three to five years out, where we’ll be. But we’re only a year in so to me it’s just starting. 

‘In two more years, that’s when we need to look back and say, “Okay, are we where we want to be?” And it seems like we’re well on that path.’

Mickelson’s fellow LIV defector Brooks Koepka won the PGA Championship at Oak Hill on Sunday, sealing himself the $3.15m prize pot and a fifth major. 

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