Phil Mickelson requests permission to play in the opening game of the Saudi Golf League, compete in the PGA Championship and the US Open | Golf News – NewsRaiser


Phil Mickelson has asked the PGA Tour for permission to play in the opening game of the Saudi-backed golf tournament

Phil Mickelson has asked the PGA Tour for permission to play in the opening game of the Saudi-backed golf tournament while entering two of this year’s remaining major tournaments.

Monday was the deadline for players to apply for a PGA Tour competition event to play at the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational June 9-11 at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire, with Robert Garrigues the only other player to have publicly confirmed he has also applied.

It was also the deadline to enter the PGA Championship, of which the 51-year-old is the defending champion, with Mickelson entering this year’s tournament at the Southern Hills and US Open. However, his administration insisted that this was not a confirmation of his plans.

“Our client Phil Mickelson is officially registered to play in the PGA Championship as well as the US Open,” Mickelson’s longtime coach Steve Lowe said on Sport5 in a statement.

“We have also applied on his behalf to participate in the first LIV Golf Invitational in London, June 9-11. This request is in line with the April 25 deadline set by the PGA Tour to participate in a conflicting tour event.

“Phil does not currently have any specific plans as to when and where he will play. Any action taken does not in any way reflect a final decision made, but rather reflects keeping all options open.”

The PGA Championship will take place from May 19-22, and Mickelson’s win at Kiawah Island last year at the age of 50 made him the all-time oldest champion. It also gave him a five-year exemption from the US Open, which this year takes place outside Boston from June 16-19.

The statement marked the Mickelson camp’s first word since February 22, when he apologized for the explosive remarks in an excerpt from Alan Shipnock’s book, in which he belittled the Saudis behind Greg Norman’s bid to get into a rival league, and said he wanted leverage against the PGA Tour. .

He has not played since the Saudi International on February 6, until he passed the Masters.

Rich Beam says Phil Mickelson's attempts to change the PGA Tour given the proposed Saudi Tour are meaningless.

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Rich Beam says Phil Mickelson’s attempts to change the PGA Tour given the proposed Saudi Tour are meaningless.

Rich Beam says Phil Mickelson’s attempts to change the PGA Tour given the proposed Saudi Tour are meaningless.

Meanwhile, Norman announced that the season finale for the LIV Golf Invitational Series will take place at Trump National Doral Miami, the first at Blue Monster since the PGA Tour moved the world championship golf to Mexico in 2017.

Norman’s plan for the rival league suffered a major setback in February when Mickelson, considered Norman’s chief scout, was quoted by Shipbunk as saying the Saudis were “intimidating to participate” and that he was working with Norman to gain leverage for his changes. Required on the PGA Tour.

Rob Lee and Jimmy Spence give their verdict on the Saudi government's significant financial investment in the Asian Tour and the potential threat it poses to the structure of the global game.

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Rob Lee and Jimmy Spence give their verdict on the Saudi government’s significant financial investment in the Asian Tour and the potential threat it poses to the structure of the global game.

Rob Lee and Jimmy Spence give their verdict on the Saudi government’s significant financial investment in the Asian Tour and the potential threat it poses to the structure of the global game.

None of the top 10 players in the world have expressed an interest in Norman’s adventure. Norman has since said the rival league he is considering would be suspended for two years.

Instead, he said players can sign up for one of eight tournaments, which offer $20 million in prize money with an additional $5 million purse for the team’s side.

Even then, PGA Tour players, regardless of world ranking, cannot apply for hostel event exits for the five scheduled US tournaments.

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