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Phil Mickelson apologizes for remarks on Saudi golf league

Phil Mickelson apologizes for remarks on Saudi golf league

Feb 23
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On Tuesday, professional golfer Phil Mickelson issued an apology via Twitter, saying he regretted his recent comments regarding the PGA Tour and those involved in a Saudi-funded breakaway league.

“Although it doesn’t look this way now given my recent comments, my actions throughout this process have always been with the best interests of golf, my peers, sponsors and fans,” Mickelson stated.

The six-time major championship winner also acknowledged that what he did was “reckless” and “offended” people.

“I am deeply sorry for my choice of words. I’m beyond disappointed and will make every effort to self-reflect and learn from this,” he said .

Last week, author Alan Shipnuck revealed a sample from his impending unauthorized biography of Mickelson, which sparked outrage. Mickelson portrayed the Saudis as “scary” in an excerpt shared on the Fire Pit Collective website, but also said that he was putting aside their contentious history of human rights atrocities to gain power with the PGA Tour.

The Super Golf League is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and is headlined by Greg Norman. It was hoping to lure several of the PGA Tour’s greatest players, but many have stated their determination to remain on the tour.

“My experience with LIV Golf Investments has been very positive,” Mickelson noted. “I apologize for anything I said that was taken out of context. The specific people I have worked with are visionaries and have only been supportive. More importantly, they love golf and share my drive to make the game better.”

The 51-year-old golfer then noted that he has informed his sponsors, including Callaway and Amstel Light, of the option to end their affiliations with him. KPMG was the first to declare the end of its association with Mickelson.

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