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PGA Tour great Phil Mickelson thinks the legendary golf tour and new competitor LIV Golf need to work together for the betterment of the sport because LIV isn’t going anywhere.

Over the past six months, the PGA and LIV have been engaged in a war for supremacy in the world of professional golf. The new tour supported by the Saudi government’s finance department was able to acquire many top 100 players by offering massive signing bonuses and tournament scholarships. In an attempt to prevent athletes from double-dipping in both leagues, the Professional Golfers’ Association has suspended tour members who also compete for LIV.

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Despite bans and many current PGA players trying to build solidarity within the ranks, that hasn’t stopped the mass exodus of stars taking their talents exclusively to LIV. Recently, the 2022 Open champion and one of the highest ranked players in the world, Cameron Smith, left the Professional Golfers’ Association for their top contender.

Phil Mickelson says PGA having all top players ‘will never be the case again’

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The man who was the first true superstar player to make the switch is three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson. He started the Tour’s parade of top players at LIV, and he thinks the best golf league in the sport needs to stop trying to stifle competition because LIV Golf is “here to stay.” In his mind, it would be in the interest of golf as a whole for the Tour and LIV to work together.

“The PGA Tour, over the last 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. 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.

“Both are good for the game of golf and the inclusion of LIV in the ecosystem of the world of golf is necessary. As soon as that happens we will all start working together, it will be a really positive thing for everyone. .

Mickelson after the Liv event on Friday [h/t ESPN]

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