Phil Mickelson roasts PGA Tour in LIV Golf interview with sarcastic comment

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PHIL MICKELSON took a shot at the PGA Tour during an interview with LIV Golf during the latest event in Boston.

Phil Mickelson roasted the PGA Tour by poking fun at the idea that the circuit has found more money amid the rise of LIV Golf. The American has become one of the faces of the controversial Saudi-backed series after he publicly signed with them earlier this year.

The lucrative LIV Golf series is funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund and it has divided golf, leaving the PGA and DP World Tours fractured after the new series poached some of the sports biggest names. Several of the world’s most prominent players have decided to switch to LIV Golf, including the likes of Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Mickelson.

Ahead of LIV’s fourth event of the year in Boston, Mickelson took aim at the PGA Tour with a tongue-in-cheek shot. He suggested the traditional professional circuit have ‘magically’ discovered they can pay players more money, which was a reason the six-time major champion has cited for joining LIV Golf in the past.

“The fans are getting a lot of benefits from this – and all the professional golfers are getting a lot of benefits,” Mickelson said at a press conference. “The guys on the Tour are getting a lot more money.

“It’s great [the PGA Tour] magically found a couple hundred million – that’s awesome.”

The controversial series – bankrolled by a Saudi regime renowned for human rights abuses – continues to divide golf and shake up the sport, and CEO Greg Norman announced players could wear shorts during tournament rounds. The rule change came into effect from Saturday.

Norman declared LIV Golf the first golf tour or league to allow men to wear anything other than standard golf pants. The topic has been discussed among PGA Tour officials in recent years, but no changes were made to the dress code.

In Boston, Mickelson ended his run of nine consecutive rounds in LIV Golf without breaking 70 by scoring a 68 to land 41st in the leaderboard before the final day. Meanwhile, LIV’s marquee signing Cameron Smith followed an opening round of 64 with a one-under 69.

The Australian entered the final is in a tie for eighth in his first LIV Golf Series event following his £84 million switch. Smith potted an eagle on the par-five closing hole for the second successive day, but he trailed Talor Gooch by five shots heading into Sunday’s third and final round.

However, Smith has battled back to currently sit tied-second at 14-under while Johnson leads. The two-time major champion is at 15-under with three holes remaining in Boston.

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