'Everyone Deserves A Second Chance' - Berger On Mickelson

The American also threw his support behind the PGA Tour, claiming that Jay Monahan is 'the right guy for the job'

Phil and Daniel clap
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Many players have previously voiced their views on Phil Mickelson and his disagreement with the PGA Tour, with the likes of both Rory McIlroy (opens in new tab) and Justin Thomas (opens in new tab) calling the six-time Major champion "egotistical."

Although the majority of views and opinions have been negative towards the 51-year-old, some have supported him. Tony Jacklin, who spoke to Golf Monthly (opens in new tab) in association with BoyleSports golf betting, (opens in new tab) said, “if he was genuinely trying to get the PGA Tour off its backside to do more for the players than they have been doing, and found a way to do it, leverage as he calls it, then if that’s what it was, I don’t see a hell of a lot wrong with it.”

Berger and Mickelson watch a tee shot

Berger and Mickelson at 2016 WGC Match Play

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Returning to the Honda Classic (opens in new tab) for his seventh start in the event, American, Daniel Berger, was asked about the comments made by his fellow countryman (opens in new tab) and, although the 28-year-old admitted to not knowing what was said, he felt that, "everyone deserves a second chance."

"I don't know much about the whole Phil/Saudi thing," explained Berger. "I try not to pay attention to it. I just think it's kind of like noise, but my experience with Phil, in the past, has been good and I think everyone deserves a second chance. So, if he sincerely is sorry for what he said, then I think he deserves a second chance."

Along with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods (opens in new tab), Jon Rahm (opens in new tab)and Collin Morikawa, Berger also voiced his support for the PGA Tour, claiming: "I've always been behind the Tour and I think Commissioner Monahan (opens in new tab)is the right guy for the job."

He added: "I think he's done an amazing job through Covid, something that people didn't give him enough credit for what he was able to do in such challenging times. There's no one I would trust more to guide the Tour through all of these difficult times, and I think he's done a great job. I like where the Tour is headed."

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.