Direct message :Golf chief Phil Mickelson labelled ‘d—‘ offers LIV direct message

Golf chief Phil Mickelson labelled ‘d—‘ offers LIV direct message

United States Golf Association boss Mike Whan says he will proudly welcome LIV Golf players with ‘open arms’ to the third major of the year. 

Whan made the comments in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated

When LIV Golf officially launched in June 2022 one immediate question was how the governing bodies of the four majors would react. 

It was clear that LIV had upset the status quo.

For evidence of that, consider the fact Martin Slumbers, the R&A chief executive, stated LIV was ‘not in the best interests of the game’ before the landmark 150th Open at St Andrews. 

Whan also hit the headlines when he said he didn’t think people cared about LIV. 

“And I don’t see how it’s a survivable business model,” he said. 

He was memorably called out by Phil Mickelson last May after the USGA altered their qualifying criteria which had a direct impact on one of their players. 

Talor Gooch had qualified for the 2023 major thanks to advancing to the 2021-2022 Tour Championship at East Lake but was banned by the PGA Tour after he bolted to LIV. 

The slight word change by the USGA for their qualifying criteria meant Gooch missed out as qualifying via the Tour Championship was taken away. 

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