June 7, 2022 – Mickelson told Harig that he isn’t formally resigning from the PGA Tour and that he’s “looking forward to playing the U.S. Open” next week. The U.S. Open is organized by the USGA, which announced on Tuesday that it’s not barring players who participate in LIV Golf from its field.

Mickelson also said that he hasn’t spoken with Monahan about his decision, apparently leaving the ball in the commissioner’s court on what “disciplinary action” to take.

In addition to downplaying Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and the killing of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, Mickelson challenged the PGA in his statement to author Alan Shipnuck that prompted the initial backlash in February. “They’re scary motherf***ers to get involved with,” Mickelson told Shipnuck of Saudi Arabia. “They killed Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights. They execute people over there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it? “Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.” 


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