Phil Mickelson fired back at the PGA Tour on Thursday, claiming he’s on the “winning side” playing in the LIV Golf Series. Mickelson made the comments in Saudi Arabia before the tour’s final tournament in Jeddah.
Jeddah’s LIV Golf Invitational kicks off this Friday on the Royal Greens at King Abdullah Economic City. It will be the first time Mickelson has visited Saudi Arabia since controversial comments he allegedly made in an unauthorized biography.
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“I firmly believe that I am on the winning side of how things are going to evolve and shape in the next few years for professional golf,” Mickelson said. “I love the way they involve us and listen to us in decisions.
I mean, it’s inclusive and fluid and I think LIV Golf has taken the lead,” he said. Mickelson believes that he is gaining the upper hand on the PGA Tour. “I see LIV Golf trending up and the PGA Tour trending down,” Mickelson said.
“I love the side I’m on. And I love how I feel. I love how energized and excited I am to play golf and compete, the experience, the way we’re treated,” he said. Mickelson, with a top-10 finish in six LIV tournaments, denied criticizing the Saudis in Alan Shipnuck’s book.
“I never did an interview with Alan Shipnuck,” Mickelson said. “My experience with everyone at LIV Golf has been incredibly positive and I have the utmost respect for everyone,” he said. Philip Alfred Mickelson 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, two the PGA Championship and once The Open Championship in the 2013 edition. 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.