One of, if not the most famous male golfer of all time, broke his silence on Tuesday on the growing list of defectors joining the controversial LIV Golf Series. On Thursday, as the 150th Open Championship got underway, perhaps the most recognizable face in the separatist league responded.
On Tuesday, Tiger Woods said members of the Saudi-funded league had “turned their backs on what got them into this position”, referring to their departure from the PGA Tour. While Phil Mickelson – who tied in the first round – kept things cordial in his response to Woods, he said he has no regrets about his decision.
“I certainly respect his opinion. … I have a lot of respect for him. I respect his opinion. I think everyone is going to have strong emotions and opinions about this, and I certainly respect his,” Mickelson said. , according to ESPN’s Tom. Hamilton. “I made the right decision for me. … And I’m thrilled, as I say, to have the opportunity to play competitive golf and have it in my life on a more moderate scale where I can doing some things outside of that too. I’ve freed up a lot of other things – I’ve freed up a lot of time too.
Other notable golfers joining Mickelson with the LIV Golf Series include Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.