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Phil Mickelson says he’s “appreciative” of feedback from LIV Golf, PGA Tour competitors about the sport’s new windfall.

Phil Mickelson said he has heard from “many” professional golfers on both LIV Golf and the PGA Tour about the current upheaval in the sport and the resulting changes.

Mickelson, 52, said in an interview with Sports Illustrated published Thursday, “I think players on both the LIV and the PGA Tour appreciate what’s going on.” …no leverage, we had no other choice.”

PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan announced last week that the PGA TOUR’s top players have committed to compete in 20 events.

“I am very happy that the top players are being heard and their voices are being valued, and I am very happy that those events are happening,” Mickelson said.

But Mickelson is no longer participating in that debate. He had his PGA Tour membership suspended after 30 years, as did other competitors who jumped to LIV Golf. He is one of the suspended golfers who has filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour.

“My commitment right now is LIV,” Mickelson told Sports Illustrated. And we’re just getting started.

“I’m generally happy to hear that the top players who really move the tool and generate interest are listening. And what they’re doing for the tool is now being appreciated. “

Mickelson said he doesn’t feel “right” in the new direction the PGA Tour has taken. It’s something he says he’s discussed many times with former commissioner Tim Finkem, as well as with Monaghan.

Instead, Mickelson says everyone benefits from the clash of the two tours.

“Without leverage, nothing would change,” Mickelson told SI. “And every player should be grateful for what LIV is doing. Any player with LIV has a chance. And he’s on the PGA Tour. [golfers]against the leverage provided to make these changes.

“I think if there is a big change, there will be chaos. LIV is disruptive. There is no question. I can’t.”

“I think we are in a bit of a grace period before everything works out. is high, especially on a global scale.”

The six-time Grand Slam champion said he was “genuinely” looking forward to playing at the Masters in 2023 after missing the Masters in addition to the PGA Championship this year. said he did not believe the major championships would ban players who moved to LIV Golf.

“I truly believe that I am in Augusta. [in 2023]’, Mickelson told SI. [Masters chairman Fred Ridley] and major leader. No threats so far. I’m not saying it can’t be changed. I don’t see how that would benefit anyone. I believe they are smart enough and great leaders who can see that. ”

Mickelson added: “They believe that many of the world’s top players understand that the event is going to be ruined, and how it can harm the game of golf.”

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