Phil Mickelson “intrinsically” believes he will play the Masters despite LIV Golf’s involvement.

Despite his involvement in the controversial LIV Golf Invitational Series, Phil Mickelson claimed Thursday that he will be able to play at next April’s Masters.

Mickelson, who is perhaps most criticized for his role in the Saudi-backed league, does not believe Augusta National will make a move to ban him and other LIV golfers.

Mickelson told Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig on Thursday, “I truly believe I’m in Augusta.” [Masters chairman] Fred Ridley [last spring]The store between us was very tasteful. I have the utmost respect for him and the leaders of the majors.

“So far, no threats at all. I believe he is a good leader.”

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Mickelson is one of several LIV golf members to win the Masters and hold a lifetime exemption. That standard alone should allow him to compete.

However, Augusta National has not commented on whether LIV Golf members will be able to play in 2023.

Mickelson also called Augusta National in a lawsuit against the PGA Tour, stating that Augusta National “took multiple steps to demonstrate its affiliation with the PGA Tour,” and further stated that “if a player participates in LIV Golf, they may be banned from the Masters.” threatened to withdraw his invitation.”

Mickelson isn’t the only one to talk about the Masters. Fellow Masters his champion Bubba his Watson spoke about the tournament before appearing at his LIV Golf event in Boston.

“It’s a strange situation for me to be a Masters champion,” Watson said. “Now we can play in it. I hope and pray that they make the right decision.

“We sat the kids down and told them we might not be able to go to Augusta,” Watson added. “If they [the powers that be at Augusta National] Say you can’t go [even being a] Even if I was a past champion, I wouldn’t want to be there anyway. Because that’s the wrong view. “

Mickelson said both LIV and PGA Tour golfers were ‘appreciative’

Mickelson also told Sports Illustrated that he’s heard from “many” golfers at both circuits who are “thankful” for the achievements since LIV Golf’s launch.

Mickelson, who has been suspended from the PGA Tour, said he is still focused on playing LIV Golf. But it’s great to see the changes the PGA Tour has initiated, with top his players attending at least 20 events each year and increasing prize money at events.

He didn’t get the credit, but he’s happy with what he’s seeing.

“I don’t think apology is something I say. I’m generally happy to hear that top players are being heard who are really driving the Tour and generating interest. “And what they’re doing for the Tour is now being evaluated. I’m happy to see that happen…both on the LIV and the PGA Tour. I think our players appreciate what’s going on. All players are benefiting.”

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Phil Mickelson thinks he can play at the Masters in April despite his involvement with LIV Golf. (via Charles Laberge/LIV Golf/Getty Images)

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