Mickelson To Play In 1st LIV Invitational


- Grant Whittington

Golfer Phil Mickelson has filed a request for release from the PGA Tour to compete in the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series in June.

The LIV Golf Invitational Series is something of a water-testing series that will consist of eight events and is set to become the breakaway Super Golf League in 2024.

Mickelson, a six-time major winner, has reportedly also entered his name for playing in May's US PGA Championship at Southern Hills and the US Open at Brookline. This means an action-packed return for Mickelson, who hasn't played professionally since his big breakaway league-fallout back in February this year.

A Controversial Voice

Mickelson, 51, earlier this year called out the PGA Tour for being obnoxiously greedy, as well as for running the game of pro-golf like a dictatorship.

Mickelson also said while he was fully aware of Saudi Arabia's human rights violations, the threat of a breakaway league may just bring positive changes to how the PGA Tour is operated. The American golfer lost several sponsors because of his stance on human rights.

Steve Loy, who is Mickelson's agent, released a statement to the press on Monday. He confirmed that Mickelson is indeed registered to play in the US Open and PGA Championship, but that at the same time, Mickelson had also applied compete in June's LIV Golf Invitational in London.

Loy stressed that Mickelson's request complies with the PGA's rules on players wanting to compete in "conflicting" events, with the annual deadline being April 25.

Saudi League Alive And Well  

Mickelson's agent also emphasised that there is currently no plan set in stone for where or when he will compete. Loy also said that any action must not be seen as a move towards a final decision, but instead, an attempt to be properly prepared and keep all options open.

At the time of Mickelson's controversial comments earlier this year, Rory McIlroy said he felt the Saudi-backed breakaway league to be dead on conception. This notion was only strengthened further when some of golf's biggest names, including Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson, pledged their allegiance to the PGA Tour.

But that's all changed now that the format has changed to several highly lucrative individual events leading up to the forming of the breakaway super league in 2024. Several top players are rumoured to have sought a release from the PGA Tour in order to tee off at Centurion Club.

Several more LIV Golf events are headed to the United States, which may mean conflicting times ahead for the PGA Tour.

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