Phil Mickelson Announces PGA Tour Exit, Joins Saudi-Backed Golf League

Mickelson still intends to play in major championships


Jun 6, 2022

Phil Mickelson announced he is returning to competitive golf after a four-month hiatus, joining the new LIV Golf Invitational Series, which is backed by Saudi Arabian investments.

Mickelson no longer will compete on the PGA Tour. The six-time major champion, however, intends to compete in major championships.

Mickelson, according to reports, is set to compete in a LIV Golf event Thursday at Centurion Club in London.

“I am thrilled to begin with LIV Golf and I appreciate everyone involved,” Mickelson wrote in a statement Monday afternoon. “I also intend to play the majors. I fully realize and respect some may disagree with this decision and have strong opinions and I empathize with that. I have a renewed spirit and excitement for the game.”

Mickelson, 51, did not compete in PGA Tour events or major championships after his comments regarding the Saudi-backed league landed him in hot water. He last played at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January. Those “reckless” comments caused Mickelson to take time away from the PGA Tour.

Mickelson, as he did in February, apologized again for his comments Monday.

“First and foremost, I want to again apologize to the many people I offended and hurt with my comments a few months ago,” Mickelson wrote. “I have made mistakes in my career in some of the things I have said and done. Taking time away and self-reflecting has been very humbling. I need to start prioritizing the people that I love the most and work on becoming a better version of myself.

“… I am ready to come back to play the game I love but after 32 years this new path is a fresh start, one that is exciting for me at this stage of my career and is clearly transformative, not just for myself, but ideally for the game and my peers,” Mickelson added.

The next major championship, the 2022 U.S. Open, will be held at The Country Club in Brookline starting next week.

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