Phil Mickelson is ‘extremely happy’ for PGA players after announced changes

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Phil Mickelson may not be part of the future of the PGA Tour, but the six-time main winner is happy to see the top players being heard after news that the tour will make major changes for the 2023 season.

Mickelson, who jumped to LIV Golf Invitational Series Earlier this year, he said in a recent interview that LIV has created some “big upheaval in golf” while creating “really unique opportunities for players and fans.”

The LIV Golf Boston Invitational has opened on the International Golf Course.  Phil Mickelson trained in green fetch.

The LIV Golf Boston Invitational has opened on the International Golf Course. Phil Mickelson trained in green fetch.
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This ‘disruption’ has led to Changes in the PGA TourAnd the which announced in August that PGA Tour card-holders will commit to playing in 20 events annually, including 12 high profile events featuring $20 million portfolios and top 20 players, among other changes.

“Well, they get a lot for it,” Mickelson told Sports Illustrated when asked about the changes. “So I am very happy that the top players are being heard and their contributions are being valued. And these events are about to happen.”

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Team captain Phil Mickelson of Hy Flyers GC is on the training range during day one of the LIV Golf Invitational - Boston at Oaks Golf Course at The International Sept. 2, 2022, in Bolton, Massachusetts.

Team captain Phil Mickelson of Hy Flyers GC is on the training range during day one of the LIV Golf Invitational – Boston at Oaks Golf Course at The International Sept. 2, 2022, in Bolton, Massachusetts.
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Mickelson said he’s had multiple conversations with PGA Tour leaders in the past years about making similar changes.

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“I think a lot of my conversations with (former PGA Tour Commissioner, Tim) Finchim going back 15 or 18 years – even a year ago (with Commissioner Jay Monahan) – are well documented,” Mickelson said. “So I probably don’t need to go into all the details. But there are some interesting similarities.”

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

Mickelson ended up losing several sponsors after the interview, including longtime sponsor KPMG.

Team captain Phil Mickelson of Hy Flyers GC plays his fifth tee shot during the pro run before LIV Golf Invitational - Boston at The Oaks Golf Course at The International September 1, 2022, in Bolton, Massachusetts.

Team captain Phil Mickelson of Hy Flyers GC plays his fifth tee shot during the pro run before LIV Golf Invitational – Boston at The Oaks Golf Course at The International September 1, 2022, in Bolton, Massachusetts.
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“I would have done a lot differently. Sure,” Mickelson told SI. “I have my shortcomings. I’ll keep working on those. I’ll use them as a learning experience. Keep working on this myself. Try to improve in several ways.

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“I think things work themselves out the way they should. And I am very happy that the great players have a voice and are really appreciated for what they bring to the table and how they do it golf driving. I wish I could have done things differently, but am very happy with the way things are going on both sides. ”

Mickelson said while he was “incredibly grateful” for his 30 years on the PGA Tour, he is now focusing on LIV Golf.

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“I’ve said earlier that I’m getting ahead, but I might have to add that I’m very grateful for the PGA Tour,” Mickelson said. “My 30 years on the Tour. The opportunities it’s given me, (my wife) Amy, my family. I really appreciate the PGA Tour. I’ve moved on. I’m going in a different direction and really trying to help Take LIV Golf where I think it can go. What it saves is An opportunity to take world-class golf around the world.”

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