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Rory McIlroy blasts Phil Mickelson for using Saudi League as leverage against PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy took issue with Phil Mickelson’s comments and tactics against the PGA Tour on Sunday after his final round of the Genesis Invitational.

Rory McIlroy did not hold Phil Mickelson on Sunday, criticizing the Hall of Fame golfer for his scathing comments about the PGA Tour that were reported last week and how he admitted to using the proposed new league backed by Greg Norman to create a leverage effect against the Visitor.

Speaking after the final round of the Genesis Invitational, McIlroy – who at the start of 2020 declared his intention to stay with the PGA Tour – said he was happy to see that Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau will continue to play on the PGA. Tower.

Next, he was asked what Mickelson said in a phone conversation with writer Alan Shipnuck.

“I don’t want to kick somebody while they’re down, obviously, but I thought they were naive, selfish, selfish, ignorant,” McIlroy told reporters. “A lot of words to describe this interaction he had with (writer Alan) Shipnuck. It was just very surprising and disappointing, sad. I’m sure he’s sitting at home rethinking his position and where it goes from here.


Mickelson was quoted by Shipnuck in a story that was published on the Fire Pit Collective website in which he acknowledged problems with the Saudi-backed league, but thought aligning himself with the Saudis was worth the risk if such an allegiance required the PGA Tour to make financial changes beneficial to him and others. The interview was conducted in November and was about a book Shipnuck is writing about Mickelson that will be published later this year.

“They managed to get by with manipulative, coercive and heavy-handed tactics, even though we players had no recourse,” Mickelson said. you have influence, he will not do what is right. And Saudi money finally gave us that leverage. I’m not even sure I want (the new league) to succeed, but the very idea allows us to get things done with the (PGA) Tour. ”

According to the story, Mickelson admitted that he and three other PGA Tour players would not identify paid attorneys to craft the new league’s operating plan.

McIlroy, a four-time major winner with 20 PGA Tour wins, said he thinks the Norman-led league is “dead in the water” because “that remains”.

Johnson and DeChambeau joined McIlroy and other top players such as Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth in saying they would support the PGA Tour.

“I would say don’t try to fix something that isn’t broken,” McIlroy said. “I don’t think the Tour and the system are broken. Are there things that could evolve and improve and maybe create better fan experiences for people watching at home or coming tournaments, different formats, stuff like that? Yeah, sure. There’s definitely room for all of that.”

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