'So Terribly Sad' – Sky Sports Commentator Reacts To Mickelson Controversy

Ewen Murray comments on his dismay at the controversy surrounding Phil Mickelson

Sky Sports commentator Ewen Murray
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The fallout continues following yesterday’s dramatic statement from Phil Mickelson, where the current PGA Champion apologised for his recent remarks concerning the reported Saudi Golf League and the PGA Tour. In the immediate aftermath, it was announced that Mickelson and long-term sponsor KPMG had agreed to go their separate ways. Meanwhile, the statement was also greeted with speculation that the PGA Tour may suspend Mickelson, a situation the organisation has yet to comment on. To add to the uncertainty, Mickelson also hinted in his statement that he’s ready to take a step away from the game for a time.

Leading figures in the golf world have been having their say on the matter, including Sky Sports commentator Ewen Murray. The 67-year-old Scot is himself a former professional and has an association with the game of over 50 years. He reacted to the news on Twitter, expressing his sadness at the recent turn of events. Murray said: “Having watched Phil Mickelson for 30 years, admired his undoubted talent, and marvelled at his excellence, his sheer brilliance and his outstanding short game, how on earth can it come to this? So terribly sad, so desperately unnecessary, so stupid.”

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Murray is just one of a growing list of influential media figures adding their say to a story that’s likely to run and run. Journalist Alan Shipnuck, who has written an upcoming biography on Mickelson, also used Twitter to respond to the statement, disputing part of it. Meanwhile, other big names have spoken out, including Golf Digest’s Dan Rapaport, the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee and Action Network’s Jason Sobel.

However, Murray’s words, in particular, will resonate with admirers of Mickelson’s talent, given the American’s long list of achievements in the game. Over the 30 years Murray refers to, Lefty has won six Majors and has racked up 45 PGA Tour victories – the eighth highest of all time. It remains to be seen when Mickelson will next return to the fairways, with The Masters seeming the most likely in April. However, with no end to the controversy in sight, for now, Murray’s comments will surely speak for many: ‘how on earth can it come to this?’ indeed.

Mike Hall

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.