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Phil Mickelson REFUSES to confirm whether he’s been banned from the PGA Tour

Phil Mickelson REFUSES to confirm whether he’s been banned from the PGA Tour as he squirms by his Saudi golf tour press convention, dodging questions on human rights after ‘pocketing £160m’ from ‘scary motherf***ers’

  • Phil Mickelson has refused to say whether he’s been banned from the PGA Tour
  • Mickelson is reportedly being paid £160million to compete at LIV Golf occasions
  • The 51-year-old has beforehand described the Saudis as ‘scary motherf***ers’ 
  • He insists he has earned his PGA Tour lifetime membership and desires to preserve it

Phil Mickelson has refused to say whether or not he has been banned from the PGA Tour after his defection to LIV Golf, insisting he has earned his lifetime membership and shouldn’t be compelled to give it up.

The launch of the Saudi-backed tour has ripped the sport aside with Mickelson main a bunch of star-studded names together with Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia in the competitors’s first event this week.

Mickelson is reportedly being paid £160million to compete at LIV Golf occasions. 

The 51-year-old has beforehand described the Saudis as ‘scary motherf***ers’ and mentioned he was effectively conscious of the nation’s horrible report on human rights’ – together with the homicide of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi – in an interview with the writer of a brand new unauthorised biography. 

But now, on the eve of the tour’s debut competitors at Centurion Club in St Albans, Mickelson refused to touch upon whether or not has been given a ban by the PGA Tour.

The six-time main champion mentioned: ‘I’ve been part of the tour for over 30 years and I’ve had a whole lot of unimaginable reminiscences and experiences, tournaments that I’ve gained and lost.

‘I’ve gained lots, acquired lots and I’m grateful for every thing the tour has carried out for me. I’ve additionally labored laborious to contribute and build and add worth to the tour in my time there.

Phil Mickelson has refused to say whether or not he has been banned from the PGA Tour after his defection to LIV Golf

Phil Mickelson has refused to say whether or not he has been banned from the PGA Tour after his defection to LIV Golf

The six-time major champion is reportedly being paid £160m to compete at LIV Golf events

The six-time main champion is reportedly being paid £160m to compete at LIV Golf occasions

‘I labored laborious to get a lifetime exemption. I do not need to give that up. I do not really feel I ought to have to. I do not know what is going on to occur. I’ve earned that and I do not plan on simply giving it up.

‘I’ve actually loved my time on the PGA Tour. I’m had some unimaginable experiences, nice reminiscences and I’ve a whole lot of sturdy opinions that it ought to and might be lots higher. 

‘One mistake I’ve made is voicing them publicly. I’ll make an effort to preserve these conversations behind closed doorways shifting ahead.’

Former world No 1 Dustin Johnson, who has pocketed a signing bonus in extra of £100m in signing-on charges from LIV Golf, introduced he had resigned his membership of the PGA Tour at an ungainly press convention on Tuesday. 

From now on he’ll solely contest the majors, topic to him receiving clearance to achieve this amid the chaos, and the eight occasions of the controversial £200m LIV Golf Invitational Series.

Mickelson insisted he 'doesn't condone' human rights violations after receiving fierce criticism

Mickelson insisted he ‘would not condone’ human rights violations after receiving fierce criticism

It has been reported that fellow main winners Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, who’ve all signed up to Greg Norman’s fledgling circuit, have additionally terminated their membership. 

Asked if he had carried out the identical, Mickelson mentioned: ‘I noticed that and I feel they’re making the resolution that is greatest for them personally.

‘I respect that. As a lifetime member I’m not required to play 15 occasions. I haven’t got to play any. I can play one. So I do not see a motive for me to give that up.’

Mickelson additionally burdened he doesn’t condone human rights violations however added that working with the Saudis was a ‘once-in-a-lifetime alternative to reshape how the PGA Tour operates’, additionally accusing the Tour of ‘obnoxious greed’.

American golfer Dustin Johnson announced he has resigned from the PGA Tour on Tuesday

American golfer Dustin Johnson introduced he has resigned from the PGA Tour on Tuesday

He added: ‘I’ve mentioned and carried out a whole lot of issues I remorse. Sorry for that and the harm it is brought about. I do not condone human rights violations in any respect. Nobody right here does.

‘I’m conscious of what has occurred with Jamal Khashoggi and it is horrible. I’ve additionally seen the good that the recreation of golf has carried out all through historical past and I consider LIV Golf goes to do a whole lot of good for the recreation as effectively.

‘I do not condone human rights violations. I do not know the way I might be extra clear.

‘I perceive that many individuals have sturdy opinions and should disagree with this resolution. I can empathise with that.

‘But presently this is a chance that provides me an opportunity to have the most stability in my life going ahead and I feel it is going to do a whole lot of good for the recreation.’

ENTRANTS FOR FIRST LIV GOLF INVITATIONAL SERIES EVENT 

Dustin Johnson (USA)

Phil Mickleson (USA)

Kevin Na (USA) 

Talor Gooch (USA)

Sihwan Kim (USA)

Chase Koepka (USA)

Andy Ogletree (USA)

Turk Pettit (USA)

James Piot (USA)

Hudson Swafford (USA)

Peter Uihlein (USA)

Sergio Garcia (ESP)

Pablo Larrazabal (ESP)

Adrian Otaegui (ESP)

David Puig (ESP)

Martin Kaymer (GER)

Graeme McDowell (NIR)

Ian Poulter (ENG)

Lee Westwood (ENG)

Richard Bland (ENG)

Laurie Canter (ENG)

Oliver Fisher (ENG)

Sam Horsfield (ENG)

Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)

Oliver Bekker (RSA)

Hennie Du Plessis (RSA)

Branden Grace (RSA)

Justin Harding (RSA)

Shaun Norris (RSA)

JC Ritchie (RSA)

Charl Scwartzel (RSA)

Ian Snyman (RSA)

Matt Jones (AUS)

Jediah Morgan (AUS)

Wade Ormsby (AUS)

Travis Smyth (AUS)

Blake Windred (AUS)

Kevin Yuan (AUS) 

Hideto Tanihara (JPN)

Ryosuke Kinoshita (JPN) 

Jinichiro Kozuma (JPN)

Itthipat Buranatanyarat (THA) 

Ratchanon Chantananuwat (THA)

Sadom Kaewkanjana (THA)

Phachara Khongwatmai (THA) 

Viraj Madappa (IND) 

Scott Vincent (ZIM) 

Bernd Wiesberger (AUT)

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