Phil Mickelson names three things LIV Golf has that PGA Tour wants to replicate..

June 30, 2024

Phil Mickelson has been a key figure in the rise of LIV Golf over the past two years, and has now claimed that the PGA Tour are copying the breakaway league’s modelPhil Mickelson has highlighted three main features of LIV Golf that the PGA Tour is eager to incorporate, as he weighed in on the evolving dynamics of the sport in recent years.Mickelson was the first big name to pledge his allegiance to the Saudi-backed league over two years ago, and hasn’t looked back since leading a slew of top players to the LIV setup. One of the primary reasons for Mickelson’s switch was the limited media rights players had while competing on the PGA Tour.”It’s not public knowledge, all that goes on,” Mickelson shared with Golf Digest in February 2022. “But the players don’t have access to their own media. If the Tour wanted to end any threat, they could just hand back the media rights to the players…. There are many issues but that is one of the biggest. For me personally, it’s not enough that they are sitting on hundreds of millions of digital moments. They also have access to my shots, access I do not have. They also charge companies to use shots I have hit. Pro golfer who became OnlyFans model admits drunkenly assaulting police on flight”And when I did ‘The Match’ – there have been five of them – the tour forced me to pay them $1 million each time. For my own media rights. That type of greed is, to me, beyond obnoxious.” Mickelson’s remarks were widely reported at the time, marking the end of his 30-year relationship with the PGA Tour.Two years on, the world of professional golf seems to be finding its footing again. The PGA Tour is deep in talks with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) to resolve their beef with LIV Golf.Mickelson has been reflecting on the whole drama, pointing out how LIV Golf’s presence has shaken things up for players across the board.