Phil Mickelson “deeply sorry” for recent antics

Phil Mickelson Saudi

Phil Mickelson has issued an apology for remarks he made about the proposed Saudi Golf League – and hinted he will take a break from the game.

It emerged last week that the six-time major winner had made a number of comments about the organisers of the breakaway competition in an excerpt from an unauthorised book by the journalist Alan Shipnuck. 

The incendiary remarks sent shockwaves around the world of golf, and were followed hours later by Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson committing their futures to the PGA Tour.

In the latest twist to the ongoing saga, Mickelson released a statement apologising for his “reckless” choice of words and said he was “deeply sorry” - although he avoided any mention his accusation that the PGA Tour was guilty of “obnoxious greed”. 

• Mickelson admits using Saudi league for 'leverage'

Praising LIV Golf Investments, the Greg Norman-led body set up to drive the expansion of the Asian Tour, as “visionaries”, the 51-year-old claimed he had deliberately positioned himself at the head of the breakaway circuit. 

He claimed he had done so, “taking the hits publicly to do the work behind the scenes” to bring about “real change” in the game.

“I have made a lot of mistakes in my life and many have been shared with the public,” he said. 

“My intent was never to hurt anyone and I’m so sorry to the people I have negatively impacted. This has always been about supporting the players and the game and I appreciate all the people who gave me the benefit of the doubt.” 

• Star duo commit to PGA Tour

Addressed the “very public life” he has lived for the past 31 years, Mickelson added: “I have experienced many successful and rewarding moments that I will always cherish, but I have often failed myself and others too. 

“The past 10 years I have felt the pressure and stress slowly affecting me at a deeper level. 

“I know I have not been at my best and desperately need some time away to prioritise the ones I love most and work on being the man I want to be.” 

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
2022 Driver Test | Which one is going in my bag?
play button
The most powerful PING irons ever? | PING i525 review
play button
I'll be using the Vokey SM9 wedges... and you should too
play button
The driver that has it all? | COBRA LTDx drivers REVIEWED!
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

US PGA 2022: Full prize money breakdown
9 things Justin Thomas gets for winning the US PGA
Justin Thomas wins US PGA in playoff
US PGA: Mito Pereira rues painful finish
Who is Mito Pereira? Everything you need to know about the US PGA leader

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Keep the body and arms connected
play button
Timing your strike
play button
Good fundamentals are key to a good golf swing
play button
Hold your finish to improve your discipline
See all videos right arrow