Phil Mickelson emphasized that he would not tolerate human rights abuses prior to the first LIV Golf Invitational Series event at the Saudi-sponsored Centurion Club.
Mickelson describes Saudi Arabia as “a terrifying m ************” and is familiar with Saudi Arabia’s “terrifying record of human rights” (including the murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi). Said. Interview with the author of a new unauthorized biography.
Still, he added that working with Saudi Arabia is a “lifetime opportunity to restructure the way the PGA Tour operates” and denounces the tour as an “unpleasant desire.”
At a press conference on Wednesday, Mickelson said: I certainly know what happened at Jamal Khashoggi, and I think it’s terrible.
“I have also seen the good things that golf games have achieved throughout history, and I believe that LIV Golf will do a lot of good things for games as well.”
Many players have resigned from the PGA Tour to compete in the LIV golf event, but Mickelson said he wouldn’t follow suit.
“I have a lifetime membership, but I don’t want to give it up. I don’t think I have to,” added the six major winners.
“I don’t know what will happen, but I won it (lifetime membership). I’m not going to give it up.”
Mickelson refused to confirm or reject whether he was suspended from the PGA Tour or is currently suspended.
“At this point, we choose not to talk publicly about the PGA Tour issue,” he said.
He also refused to confirm if he had received US $ 200 million to attend a LIV golf event, but his answer indicates that the reported amount may be accurate. ..
“I think the contract should be kept private,” Mickelson added. “It doesn’t seem to be the case, but it should be.”