Phil Mickelson draws attention at the PGA Championship when he insists he “knows things others don’t” about the PGA Tour’s lawsuit, saying LIV Golf’s crowning achievement is “providing the highest pay.”
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Phil Mickelson has stirred controversy once again, walking off the field at the PGA Championship to offer some very strong opinions on the LIV-PGA lawsuit.
Mickelson is one of the highest-profile players to trade the PGA Tour for the Saudi-backed LIV series, pocketing $200 million in the process.
He’s never far from the spotlight when it comes to criticism of his former employers, and that was the case once again in Oak Hill on Sunday night.
After finishing his final round at the PGA Championship and securing a finish of 58th at 10-over-par, he was asked why he continues to pound on his old tour.
“I guess it’s because I know some things that others don’t,” he told reporters. “I just want to make sure everyone is held accountable.”
Phil Mickelson struck on the PGA Tour, again, when he spoke to reporters on Sunday
Fellow LIV Golf Rebel, Brooks Koepka, won the PGA Championship at Oak Hill in New York.
Then he added: “I know a lot of things that will come out later.”
Earlier in the week, the lefty had confirmed a New York Times report that he recently met with Justice Department investigators. Bryson Dechambeau and Sergio Garcia, two other LIV defectors, were also reported to have done the same.
In 2022, the federal government opened an investigation into the PGA Tour’s alleged antitrust behavior and is reportedly exploring the tour’s relationship with The Masters, Official World Golf Rankings, PGA of America, R&A, and USGA.
Additionally, Mickelson was asked by reporters what he believed to be LIV’s greatest achievement thus far.
Bluntly, the 52-year-old six-time Grand Slam winner said: “He’s delivered 48 new highest-paying professional golf opportunities, which is incredible.”
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He then added: ‘It’s… getting a lot of younger fans out there and introducing a whole different vibe to the game of golf that I think is necessary.
‘We’ve only been a year (in) and I’m thinking, three to five years, where we will be. But we’re only a year in, so it’s just getting started for me.
“In two more years, that’s when we have to look back and say, ‘Okay, are we where we want to be?’ And it seems that we are well on that path.
Mickelson’s fellow LIV defector, Brooks Koepka, won the PGA Championship at Oak Hill on Sunday, sealing the $3.15 million prize and a fifth major.