Phil Mickelson didn’t want to “detract from what’s going on this week” at the LIV Golf’s Team Championship in Miami at the Trump National Doral, but it happened recently Rory McIlroy interview with the Guardian It was too juicy to avoid.
At a press conference before the final season finale for the junior circuit, Mickelson was complementing with McElroy, who said the “us versus them” dynamic between LIV Golf and players on the PGA and DP World Tours was spinning out of control.
“You know, I think a lot of Rory. I really have the utmost respect for him, looking at what he’s done in the game and how he’s played this year and winning last week and being number one in the world now, and I have a lot of respect for him,” Mickelson said. “We’ll have three months off after this event to talk about things like that and so on, but this week something is happening that I don’t want to take the focus off, which is we’ve never had a group event like this in professional golf.”
McIlroy also dismissed Mickelson’s latest comment on that LIV Golf heads up and PGA Tour heads downdescribing this statement as “propaganda.”
“But just–I probably shouldn’t have said things like that, I don’t know,” replied Mickelson, “but if I just look at LIV Golf and where we are today to where we were six or seven months ago and people say this is dead in the water, and it might We’re past that, and here we are today, a force in the game that won’t go away, having players of this caliber who drive professional golf around the world The level of excitement in countries around the world having some of the best golfers come home and compete.It’s really great to How far LIV Golf has come in the past six or seven months. I don’t think anyone could disagree with that.”
The operation led by Greg Norman receives its financial support from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, where no expense has been spared. Building a new golf chain is certainly no easy feat, and LIV has done a good job of attracting a few of the biggest names in golf such as Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Cameron Smith. But the problems that come with building a startup become less difficult when you have hundreds of millions of dollars to throw away. According to Sports Illustrated, LIV Golf spending for the first year totaled over $784 million, with another $1 billion set aside for next year, when the series becomes a 14-event league.
As for excitement levels around the world, LIV has so far held seven events: four in the US, one in England, one in Thailand and one in Saudi Arabia.
McIlroy also said he felt “betrayed” regarding the LIV players putting their Ryder Cup future in jeopardy, noting that Graeme McDowell had a chance to lead the European side in 2027 and that the legacy of Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood depended mainly on this. Bash every two years against the Americans.
“Betrayal? We can still qualify for the team as far as I know. Unless we’re told we can’t qualify, I’m still willing to play as much as I can and try to make this team up,” Poulter said. “I mean, look, my Ryder Cup commitment I think goes. Tribal. I don’t think this should be in question. I’ve always wanted to play the Ryder Cups and played as passionately as anyone else I’ve seen playing in the Ryder Cup.
“You know, I don’t know where that comment really came from, to be honest.”