Phil Mickelson Was Never Anti-Merger, Lefty’s Recent PGA Tour-PIF Remarks Are a Dramatic Turn From His ‘Awesome Day’ Stance

Phil Mickelson Was Never Anti-Merger, Lefty’s Recent PGA Tour-PIF Remarks Are a Dramatic Turn From His ‘Awesome Day’ Stance
He wasn’t too pleased with the PGA Tour back in 2022. The rationale behind Lefty’s feelings? Well, the 54-year-old had dished out one too many, with his primary one being related to the limited media rights of PGA Tour Pros. Even so, he was receptive to the merger while celebrating the “awesome day” when the framework agreement was announced. But as times change, so does Phil Mickelson. The golfer, come June 2024, was spotted mentioning how LIV Golf’s presence has changed things in the sport. He even pointed out how the merger was ‘not necessary’. We have elevated events every week out here on LIV,” said Mickelson in an interview with Bloomberg, as per The Mirror. He also mentioned how the current situation in the PGA Tour was changing, all thanks to the PIF-funded circuit, “We have equity, and we have the ability to use our social media platforms however we want to promote the game. This is starting to change now, and is changing on the PGA Tour. The HyFlyers GC skipper was alluding to the recent happenings on the circuit with Jay Monahan rolling out eight elevated events providing a prize purse of $20 million per contest. Moreover, the deal that the league had with SSG led to the formation of the PGA TOUR Enterprises. This, in turn, allowed players a cut of the dollar bills as per the ‘Player Equity Program,’ just like LIV players having ownership in the 13 teams.”

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