Phil Mickelson seems to be looking for some sort of fusion between the PGA Tour and the LIV Golf Invitational Series.
Mickelson, who has been the face and received the most criticism for joining the Saudi venture, insisted the golf startup is “here to stay” on Friday after its round at the LIV tournament outside of Chicago on Friday afternoon.
While he and others who have joined the league have been banned from the PGA Tour, as well as the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams, Mickelson believes it’s time to merge the two leagues.
âThe PGA Tour has had all the best players in the world in the last 20 or 30 years. This will never happen again,â Mickelson said, despite the fact that LIV Golf events cannot earn points from the official world golf rankings.
âLIV Golf is not going anywhere. The best solution for us is to come together. I think the world of professional golf needs the old historical “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.”
Mickelson is not alone in wanting to compete in certain PGA Tour events. Bryson DeChambeau said he would like to play there and also for Team USA on Thursday.
However, one of the main reasons players switched to LIV Golf was the relaxed schedule. Since there are only eight tournaments on the schedule this year, they require much less time and travel. However, if they start playing in both leagues, that argument will fall out of the window – which is what Billy Horschel urged them to do before the BMW PGA Championship.
There is also a lawsuit that Mickelson and other LIV Golf players filed against the PGA Tour. Until this is resolved one way or another, it’s hard to imagine that the Tour will welcome Mickelson and his colleagues from LIV Golf with open arms. Mickelson said he was considering withdrawing himself from the lawsuit on Thursday.
Despite his lawsuits, Mickelson hopes they can eventually coexist.
âI think both are essential for playing golf. Both are good for playing golf,â he said. â The inclusion of LIV Golf in the ecosystem of the golf world is essential.
âOnce that happens and we all start working together, it will be a really positive moment for everyone.â