Report 🥹:Phil Mickelson dishes details of PGA Tour ruling with iron fist, being “shot down”

Phil Mickelson dishes details of PGA Tour ruling with iron fist, being “shot down”

He famously said to Alan Shipnuck in February 2022, after referring to the Saudi Arabian Kingdom as “scary motherf***ers,” that his move to LIV was “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.”

Mickelson added, “[The PGA Tour has] been able to get by with manipulative, coercive, strong-arm tactics because we, the players, had no recourse.”

These sentiments about the PGA Tour continued during a Thursday press conference in Singapore, where a reporter asked Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau about their viral golf videos and social media posts.

“Bryson has a beat and understanding on social media that I’m late to the party on, [and] I don’t fully understand it, but I’ve been spending time with him, and I’ve been starting to understand it more and more,” Mickelson said.

think that’s why we’re so excited here at LIV; a lot of these opportunities were not an option for us before LIV. We didn’t have an opportunity for elevated events. We didn’t have an opportunity for equity. We didn’t have an opportunity to do our own social media. That was all controlled and shot down.”

Mickelson alluded to the PGA Tour having all the leverage while noting the changes the tour has made since LIV Golf’s inception. Since then, the PGA Tour has established Signature Events, a Player Impact Program (PIP) that awards top players top dollars for their social media presence, and an equity share program, which would not have been possible without the Strategic Sports Group’s (SSG) investment.

But the six-time major winner also said these opportunities have been available to LIV golfers since the onset.

“Every event is an elevated event. We have equity, and we have the ability to do these social media posts and try to transcend the game of golf to different generations. All of these things were not possible before LIV came along,” Mickelson said.

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