'I See The PGA Tour Trending Downwards' - Phil Mickelson

The six-time Major winner thinks the PGA Tour is "trending downwards"

Phil Mickelson at a LIV Golf media conference
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Phil Mickelson has hit out at the PGA Tour, saying that he sees it trending downwards and that he "firmly" believes that he is on the "winning side" in golf's civil war between LIV and the PGA Tour.

Mickelson has endured a controversy-filled 2022 following his incredible Major victory aged 50 at the 2021 PGA Championship. Prior to joining LIV, he called the Saudis "scary mother*******" to Alan Shipnuck, the author of his unauthorised biography, which he later claimed were 'off the record' comments. Those comments led to him taking time away from the game and missing both The Masters and his PGA Championship title defence.

"So I will reiterate, I never did an interview with Alan Shipnuck," Mickelson said ahead of the LIV Golf Jeddah Invitational.

He reaffirmed his commitment to LIV Golf as well as hitting out at the PGA Tour, saying it "will never be the case again" that the PGA Tour will have "pretty much all the best players."

"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," Lefty said on the emergence of LIV Golf.

"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.

"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.

"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."

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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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