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Why Phil Mickelson refuses to confirm or deny PGA Tour ban

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Six-time major champion Phil Mickelson has refused to confirm or deny that he has been banned from the PGA Tour. The golfer recently admitted that he made “reckless” comments about Saudi Arabia’s regime and is “learning lessons”.

The 51-year-old is taking part in the $25 million LIV Golf Invitational Series. An event that has been backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF). The legendary athlete acknowledged that “people may disagree” with his decision to participate in the event.

However, he believes LIV Golf has the opportunity to “do a lot of good for the world”. When asked about the PGA Tour the golfer simply said, “I choose not to speak publicly on PGA Tour issues at this time”.

I’ve enjoyed my time on the PGA Tour and I have strong opinions on what could and should be done a lot better, but I will make an effort to keep those conversations behind closed doors, Phil Mickelson. Mickelson admitted that he does not “condone human rights violations at all”. He is “aware of what happened with Jamal Khashoggi” and thinks that it’s “terrible”.

Phil is a huge icon in the game of golf,” said Dustin Johnson, a fellow Masters champion and LIV participant. “I don’t agree with what he said in his interviews. I think he’s come out and apologized for that a bunch. But, you know, Phil is great for LIV Golf. He’s great for this new opportunity. He brings a lot of eyes. He’s been great for the game of golf. He’s been a great ambassador.

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I’ve known Phil for a long time. Played tons of golf with him, and I’m excited. I’m glad he’s a part of this, and I’m excited for him to come and play with us. I think all it does is add more value to us and to what we are trying to do.”