Phil Mickelson to play in the first Saudi-sponsored LIV Golf tournament
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Phil Mickelson announced Monday that he will be taking part in the PGA Tour golf tournament after months of speculation and retaliation for sponsoring a Saudi-funded charity.
Mickelson said he would be at the first LIV Golf tournament this week in London at the Centurion Golf Club with $ 25 million and $ 4 million going to the winner.
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In a statement, Mickelson apologized for allegedly ignoring Saudi Arabia’s actions in assassinating Washington Post journalist Jamaal Khashoggi. He has not featured in a golf tournament since he commented to author Alan Shipnuck, which was part of his ill-fated history.
“First of all, I would like to apologize to the many people I have offended and hurt by my comments a few months ago. I have made a mistake in my work in some of the things I have said and done. . “I have had this time with Amy and her loved ones. I have been taking action and have been intentionally continuing the treatment and feeling healthy and at peace. I know I still have time to go, but I embrace the work ahead. “
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Mickelson said he was ready to “start anew.”
“I’m ready to go back to playing my favorite game but after 32 years this new approach is a new beginning, which is exciting for me at this time of my career and I’m changing, not just for myself, but for the better for me. .More importantly, it will give me limits, which allows me to focus more on the way of life all the time.
“I’m excited to start with LIV Golf and I participated in this session. I also want to play a big game. , and friends and I hope that over time, ideas, relationships, and support will continue. “
Mickelson has teamed up with Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and three other professional 54-hole contenders.
It’s the first “Lefty” race since Feb. 6 at Saudi International, where he denounced the PGA Tour as “extremely greedy.” In a speech to Shupnick, Mickelson said it was appropriate to enter the LIV Golf regardless of Saudi Arabia’s history of human rights.
He later apologized for his remarks but skipped the Masters Competition and PGA – the last one he won in 2021.
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“His contribution to the game and the connections with fans around the world is indescribable, and we are thrilled to have him,” Greg Norman, chief executive of LIV Golf, told Mickelson. “It solidifies the exciting part of London where we are proud to launch a new golf season.”
The Associated Press has contributed to this.