'It’s Tragic That None Of Us Can Get Him To Take A Phone Call' - Love III On Mickelson

Speaking on the Fire Drill Podcast, Davis Love III stated that Mickelson is a 'troubled soul' and hasn't been answering his calls

Mickelson chats with Love III at the Ryder Cup
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LIV Golf has been the biggest talking point within golf throughout 2022, with players jumping ship from the DP World and PGA Tours to the Saudi-backed series. One of those name, who is arguably the biggest, is six-time Major winner, Phil Mickelson, with it recently being revealed that Lefty was suspended by the PGA Tour back in March of this year.

The reason? Well, it was for "recruiting" players to leave the PGA Tour and join LIV Golf. The announcement was fully made on the 9th June, when the Tour publicly stated that it had suspended all of its members who had teed off in the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series event in London.

Mickelson hits a drive with LIV Golf banner in front of him

Mickelson has finished 35th, 42nd and 34th in his three LIV Golf appearances

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It's been a rather turbulent 12-18 months for Mickelson, who claimed his sixth Major at Kiawah Island in May 2021, becoming the oldest male Major winner in the process. Fast forward to February 2022, and the American was forced to take a break from the game amid controversy over comments made about the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia.

During his hiatus, he lost sponsorship from the likes of KPMG, Workday and Callaway, with former Major winner and Ryder Cup star, Davis Love III, stating on the Fire Drill podcast that Mickelson is a "troubled soul" and hasn't been answering his calls. 

“He’s had a lot of friends, like me, trying very hard to try to help him,” Love III explained, before adding: “Not about LIV and not about golf, but about Phil Mickelson. Right now, it’s tragic that none of us can get him to take a phone call. You’ve heard Fred [Couples’] quotes. He’s gone dark.”

Mickelson hits a drive

Mickelson's last non LIV Golf appearance came at the 2022 Saudi International

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It's no secret that Mickelson is one of the game's characters, with six Majors and 45 PGA Tour titles to his name making him one of the most successful. However, Love III believes that Mickelson "has always challenged the rules and regulations of the PGA Tour, but the PGA Tour is what made Phil Mickelson famous. The system worked for him and made him famous and put him in the Hall of Fame.”

Currently, golf is embroiled in a law suit, with Mickelson amongst 11 LIV players who have reportedly filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour. Per the Wall Street Journal, the players are challenging their suspensions from the PGA Tour in light of their appearances in the LIV Golf series. 

The motion states: "The Tour's conduct serves no purpose other than to cause harm to players and foreclose the entry of the first meaningful competitive threat the Tour has faced in decades."

As the legal battle goes on, Love III and others from the Tour have reportedly tried to contact Lefty, but Mickelson has refused to speak to them. “One of his really good friends said, ‘Look, we’ve tried as hard as we can,'” said Love III. “Eventually, we have to move on.”

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Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x