Phil Mickelson ‘extremely happy’ for PGA players following announced changes

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Phil Mickelson may no longer be part of the PGA Tour’s future, but the six-time major champion is excited to see top players on the news that the PGA Tour will make big changes for the 2023 season be heard.

Mickelson, he jumped to LIV Golf Invitational Series Earlier this year, he said in a recent interview that LIV has caused some “major disruption” to the game of golf, while creating “truly unique opportunities for players and fans.”

The LIV Boston Golf Invitational opens at the International Golf Course. Phil Mickelson practices on the green.

The LIV Boston Golf Invitational opens at the International Golf Course. Phil Mickelson practices on the green.
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This “interference” leads to Changes to the PGA Tour, It announced in August that PGA Tour card holders would commit to 20 events a year, including 12 $20 million high-level events and top 20 players, among other changes.

“Well, they got a lot,” Mickelson told Sports Illustrated when asked about the changes. “So I’m very happy that the top players are being heard and their opinions are being taken seriously. And these events are happening.”

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Hy Flyers GC captain Phil Mickelson on the practice range at the LIV Golf Invitational - Boston on September 2, 2022 in Bolton, Massachusetts.

Hy Flyers GC captain Phil Mickelson on the practice range at the LIV Golf Invitational – Boston on September 2, 2022 in Bolton, Massachusetts.
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Mickelson said he has had numerous conversations with PGA Tour leaders over the past few years about making similar changes.

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“I think a lot of my conversations with (former PGA Tour commissioner Tim) Finchem going back 15 years, 18 years — even a year ago (with Commissioner Jay Monaghan) — have been very good record,” Mickelson said. “So I probably don’t need to go into every detail. But what’s interesting are some of the similarities.”

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Mickelson was one of the first golfers to jump to LIV, find yourself in hot water In an interview with “Fire Pit Collective” in February, he said the Saudi-backed tour gave him “leverage” on the PGA Tour.

Mickelson lost multiple sponsors after the interview, including longtime sponsor KPMG.

Hy Flyers GC captain Phil Mickelson hits the ball from the fifth tee in the Pro-Am at the LIV Golf Invitational - Boston on September 1, 2022 in Bolton, Massachusetts.

Hy Flyers GC captain Phil Mickelson hits the ball from the fifth tee in the Pro-Am at the LIV Golf Invitational – Boston on September 1, 2022 in Bolton, Massachusetts.
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“I would do a lot of different things. Of course,” Mickelson told SI. “I have my flaws. I will keep trying. Will take these as learning experiences. Keep doing my own work. Trying to be better in many ways.

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“I do believe things are going the way they should. I’m happy that the top players have a voice and are valued for the real value they bring and how they advance the game of golf. I would love to do things differently, but I’m very pleased with the way both sides have developed.

Mickelson said that while he is “very grateful” for his 30 years on the PGA Tour, he is now focused on LIV golf.

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“I’ve said before that I’m going to move on, but I should probably add that I’m very grateful to the PGA Tour,” Mickelson said. “My 30 years on the tour. It’s given me the opportunity, (my wife) Amy, my family. Thank you so much for the PGA Tour. I’ve moved on. I’m going in a different direction. , and really want to help bring LIV Golf where I think it can go. What it offers is an opportunity to promote world-class golf on a global scale.”

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