Phil Mickelson has “paid the price” for his involvement within the debatable LIV Golf Series with Andy North not sure whether or not the golfing icon’s popularity can get well. Little beneath a yr in the past, Mickelson was once on cloud 9 as he was the oldest main champion after his historical win on the PGA Championship.
But ‘Lefty’ has now taken a self-imposed sabbatical from the PGA Tour following feedback concerning the Saudi-backed golfing league surfaced previous this yr. Mickelson led to a stir on the finish of 2021 when he put his identify to Greg Norman’s breakaway league.
Mickelson was once some of the first to throw his toughen in the back of the undertaking, however creator Alan Shipnuck revealed feedback in February the American made concerning the Saudi-backed league the place he mentioned they had been “scarymotherf******” and had a “horrible record on human rights”. He was once then uncovered for pronouncing that he was once the use of the LIV Golf Series as leverage in opposition to the PGA Tour.
An apology adopted per week later with the 51-year-old saying that he’s going to be taking a while clear of the excursion. He ended up lacking The Masters and now would possibly not shield his PGA Championship name this week.
All eyes will now be on whether or not he competes on the inaugural LIV Golf Series tournament in London subsequent month. But North believes Mickelson has already suffered the results of his movements. When requested whether or not the six-time main champion’s popularity can get well, North instructed Express Sport: “I don’t have any idea.
“He’s the protecting champion. What he completed there final yr was once completely wonderful. But once more, Phil has been outspoken and he is paid the associated fee it seems like from a sponsorship point of view.”
Most players who have come out and shown their support for the LIV Golf Series are those who are in the twilight years of their career. Both Lee Westwood and Sergio Garca have asked the PGA Tour for a release to play in the first LIV Golf Series event at the Centurion Club from June 9-11.
Garcia caused a stir when he appeared to hit out at the PGA Tour during the Wells Fargo Championship where he said “I will’t wait to depart this excursion”. But North has taken aim at those who have attacked the PGA Tour with many making millions during their careers.
“I do not know how a man can do this,” he added. “What Sergio did. Yes he were given a nasty deal. He popped off as we all know he can however the truth that man has remodeled $50million in this excursion.
“There’s a lot of guys who could have gone over there and taken huge amounts of money and they haven’t done because they think it’s not the right thing to do. That’s their decision and I give them credit for doing that.”