It was the last fifteen months Hiccup for Phil Mickelson.
The sprawl began with Lefty on top of the golf world. At the age of fifty, he Won the PGA Championship in Kiawah – His sixth major title – and he was, quite literally, swarmed by the masses as they celebrated his victory.
Later in the summer, Mickelson dominated the PGA Tour Champions circuit. He won four times in six matches, including the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup, marking the start of another impressive chapter in his career.
But as the calendar turns to 2022, things are becoming turbulent in the left-wing world. Rumors started circulating with Mickelson’s name being attached to the mysterious Saudi golf league. In a February interview, he said tore up the PGA Tour for their “hateful greed”, Giving more credibility to the allegations that he will make about the founding round.
Then the bomb fell. in Unauthorized autobiographical excerpts on MickelsonAlan Shipnock posted some hateful comments from the six-time main winner, revealing his true intentions in his dealings with the Saudis.
“They are scary mothers—to get involved,” he said. We know they were killed [Washington Post reporter and U.S. resident Jamal] Khashoggi has an appalling human rights record. They execute people there for being gay. Knowing all this, why am I even thinking about it? Because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour works. They were able to overcome manipulative, coercive tactics and strong arm because we, the players, had no recourse. nice man like [PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan] It comes as, unless you have leverage, it won’t do the right thing. And Saudi money has finally given us that leverage.”
Making those comments, Mickelson burned the bridges on either side of the driveway. Shortly after the story was published, Mickelson released a statement on social media and walked out of the public eye.
Mickelson has since started competing again, mostly in LIV Golf events. But the Mickelson we see now is Mickelson is different More than golf fans have known during his 30-year professional career.
Gone are the sponsors that have become synonymous with his name – KPMG, Callaway, Workday. Instead, he wears dark monochromatic outfits. His journalistic appearance is also much less lively, and his once-active Twitter account has gone dark.
Those aren’t the only ways Mickelson is different these days, either. According to Davis Love III, Lefty is a “troubled soul” — and isn’t keen on accepting help from some of his closest golf friends.
“He had a lot of friends – like me – trying really hard to try and help him,” He said the third love on the Fire Drill podcast. “Not about LIV and not about golf, but about Phil Mickelson. Right now, it’s tragic that none of us can get him to take a phone call. I heard Fred [Couples’] quotes. It’s gone dark.”
In addition, Mickelson recently joined 10 other former trekking professionals in File a monopoly lawsuit against the PGA Tour.
“He always defied the rules and regulations of the PGA Tour,” said Love III. “But it was the PGA Tour that made Phil Mickelson famous. … The system worked with him and made him famous and put him in the Hall of Fame.”
But despite the great efforts of some of his closest allies from the Tour, Mickelson refused to take any advice on how to get things back on track.
“One of his really good friends said, ‘Look, we tried as hard as we could,'” Love said. “In the end, we have to move on.”
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