Phil Mickelson adopts a tone of compromise.
Lefty spoke to reporters at the LIV Golf event outside Chicago on Friday and suggested the Saudi-backed upstart LIV might find a way to work with the PGA Tour.
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“The PGA Tour, for 20 or 30 years, has had all the best players in the world. It will never be the case again. LIV Golf is here to stay,” Mickelson said.
“The best solution is for us to get together. I think the world of professional golf needs the old historical product of “the history of the game” that the PGA Tour provides. I think LIV has a really cool, updated feel that appeals to a lot of young people.
He portrayed the idea of the two golf circuits working together as a potential positive development.
“Both are good for the game of golf and the inclusion of LIV Golf in the ecosystem of the golf world is necessary,” Mickelson said.
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“As soon as that happens, we all start working together. It will be a really positive thing for everyone. »
Earlier this week, Mickelson revealed he was considering opting out of LIV’s antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour. Mickelson, along with all other golfers who have joined LIV, remain banned from the Tour indefinitely.
Meanwhile, Mickelson’s hope for compromise with the Tour doesn’t appear to match what LIV CEO and commissioner Greg Norman said earlier this week.
“To be honest with you, we have no interest in sitting down with them because our product works,” Norman said in an interview with The Australian.
Norman said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan was unwilling to try to broker a truce.
“That’s why we are where we are today,” Norman said. “We tried very hard – I know I have personally over the past year. … When we knew we were never going to hear from them, we just decided to go.
This story originally appeared on the New York Post and has been republished with permission