Phil Mickelson and his decision to join LIV Golf was a big surprise, especially after the statement about the Saudis (that they are motherf*****). Mickelson was the first to talk about that statement. "So I will reiterate, I never did an interview with Alan Shipnuck," Mickelson said, as quoted by golfmonthly.com LIV Golf is a great place for him.
"Well it evolved a lot and will continue to evolve over time. There were a lot of opportunities that were left open for somebody to come in and do this. I think if you look back into the '70s what happened with cricket is probably the best analogy.
I think that, as I said earlier, for a long, long time, my 30 years on the PGA Tour, pretty much all the best players played on the PGA Tour, at least for the last 20 years. That will never be the case again." He had spent a long time on the PGA Tour, but he needed a new challenge.
"I think going forward you have to pick a side. You have to pick what side do you think is going to be successful. And I firmly believe that I'm on the winning side of how things are going to evolve and shape in the coming years for professional golf.
We play against a lot of the best players in the world on LIV and there are a lot of the best players in the world on the PGA Tour. And until some of the -- well until both sides sit down and have a conversation and work something out, both sides are going to continue to change and evolve."
Mickelson and PGA
The PGA Tour is still going strong, but Mickelson thinks they're in a big slump. It's as if he's furious at the reactions after leaving LIV Golf "And I see LIV Golf trending upwards, I see the PGA Tour trending downwards and I love the side that I'm on.
And I love how I feel. I love how I'm reinvigorated and excited to play golf and compete. I love the experience. I love the way they treat us. I love the way they involve us and listen to us in decisions. I mean it's so inclusive, it's so fluid that things, LIV Golf is leading.
Whether it's shorts, whether it's other aspects of professional golf that are going to change and evolve, those positions will be led by LIV."