Phil Mickelson, despite rumors, believes he will be part of Augusta National next year. This year, Mickelson did not play after controversial comments regarding LIV Golf and the PGA Tour. Mickelson had a conversation with the leaders of the tournament and it seems that his return could really be possible.
“I believe wholeheartedly I’ll be at Augusta. I thought my conversations with (Masters chairman) Fred Ridley (last spring)—which I will keep between us—were extremely classy. I have the utmost respect for him and the leaders of the majors.
There’s been, to date, no threat at all. I’m not saying that couldn’t change. I just don’t see how that could benefit anybody. I believe they are wise enough and great leaders who can see that.’’– Mickelson said, as quoted by golfmonthly.com
Phil Mickelson and majors
There is an option for the leaders of all four majors to make a decision to ban LIV Golfers.
Mickelson hopes it won’t come to that. “I really don’t think that’s going to happen. I believe that the leaders of the Majors are really brilliant people who love the game of golf,” Mickelson said. “And I believe they understand how not having many of the top players in the world undermines their events and how that would hurt the game of golf.’’ Mickelson believes that golf is going in the right direction and that these are revolutionary changes in the world of golf.
“I feel that my legacy is being built right now,” he said. “The changes that professional golf are going through I believe are in the best interest for the fans and the players. I feel that it’s being built right now.
It hurts to see so much hostility and negativity, for sure. I really believe in the end it’s going to be worth it and I think in the long run everyone is going to come out ahead”.