Phil Mickelson has added to the calls for PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to be removed from his job, saying "there’s no unity or path forward with him involved" in the world of professional men's golf.
Mickelson has blamed Monahan for not listening to him before his big-money move to LIV Golf, with the six-time Major champion keen to get PGA Tour players a bigger slice of the prize money pie.
The left-hander has repeatedly stated the commissioner spurned his offers to bring in a huge investor to create bigger events, something similar to the designated events that are now on the PGA Tour schedule.
Mickelson may not have even entertained a move to LIV Golf had Monahan agreed to his plans to shape the PGA Tour more in favour of the players, and it's clear that the 45-time winner holds the commissioner responsible.
Replying to a thread on X about the precarious position Monahan finds himself in after his dramatic U-turn and deal with the Saudi PIF - Mickelson said the commissioner has lost the trust of the players, and doesn't see a way forward with him in charge.
"In addition to strong arming LIV players, losing trust with his players, and all credibility with his staff, golf is in this situation entirely because of him," wrote Mickelson.
"There’s no unity or path forward with him involved in my opinion as well."
Well said. In addition to strong arming LIV players, losing trust with his players, and all credibility with his staff, golf is in this situation entirely because of him. There’s no unity or path forward with him involved in my opinion as well. https://t.co/68x7U6Qb68November 29, 2023
Monahan has revealed the strain the split in golf has had on his mental health, as he gears up for crunch talks with the PIF about finalising this framework agreement ahead of the 31 December deadline.
It seems unlikely Monahan will move on before a deal is done with the PIF and any other interested parties who commit to an investment, but after that it may be a struggle to keep hold of his job.
And as the architect of the LIV Golf drama, Mickelson is certainly one man who feels it's time for a change at the top of the PGA Tour.
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Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website. Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.
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