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Phil Mickelson Says PGA Tour Will 'Never' Have World's Best Players Again After LIV Golf Arrival

Phil Mickelson Says PGA Tour Will 'Never' Have World's Best Players Again After LIV Golf Arrival
By Gary Connaughton Updated

While there were originally doubts over its threat to the PGA Tour, it seems as though LIV Golf will be here to stay for the foreseeable future.

The money on offer from the Saudi-backed tour is remarkable, meaning many have been tempted into jumping ship from the more traditional golfing bodies.

While it was originally mostly players who were well past their prime that took the cash on offer, a number of big names in the prime of their careers have also made the switch. The likes of Brooks Koepka, Cameron Smith, and Bryson DeChambeau are just some of the sizeable draws that have left the PGA Tour in recent times.

Phil Mickelson sends LIV Golf warning to PGA Tour

Phil Mickelson was among the first players to commit to LIV Golf, reportedly being handed a signing on fee of around $250million for his troubles.

He has repeatedly said that the PGA Tour had treated their players unfairly and seems to be revelling in the chaos caused by the new player on the professional golf scenes.

However, he also said he hopes to see the two parties come to a resolution at some point.

Speaking at this week's LIV Golf event in Chicago, Mickelson said that the PGA Tour will have to speak with LIV Golf at some point as they will no longer have a monopoly on top talent otherwise.

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The PGA Tour for the last 20 or 30 years have had all the best players in the world.

That will never be the case again. LIV Golf is here to stay, and this type of divisive talk is doing nobody good.

The best solution is for us to come together. I think that the world of professional golf has a need for the old, historical history of the game product that the PGA Tour provides, and I think that LIV provides a really cool, updated feel that is attracting a lot younger crowd.

That's being proven in the people that are watching and the age of the people that are watching. I think both are needed for the game of golf. Both are good for the game of golf.

The inclusion of LIV Golf in the ecosystem of the golf world is necessary. As soon as that happens and we all start working together, that's going to be a really positive thing for everyone.

LIV Golf is a questionable organisation for a number of reasons. Not only does it offer guaranteed money to players in lieu of the traditional competitive elements of top level sport, but it is also a clear attempt from Saudi Arabia to soften their global image via sportswashing.

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It is certainly not the plucky underdog that Mickelson and others have made it out to be.

SEE ALSO: Cam Smith Brushes Off Awkward Rory McIlroy Question At LIV Event


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