Six-time Major winner Phil Mickelson said the LIV Golf Invitational Series was “here to stay” as he called on the PGA Tour to partner with the Saudi-backed series for the good of the sport.
The Breakaway Circuit started in June and counts 12 big champions among its players, but the PGA Tour has made sweeping changes to contain the threat, including increased purses and a win-lock program.
Players who have joined the LIV Golf Series are no longer eligible to participate in PGA Tour events.
“The PGA Tour has had the best players in the world for the last 20 or 30 years. That will never be the case again. LIV Golf is here to stay,” Mickelson said after carding 2-under 70 in the opening round of Friday’s LIV event in Chicago.
“The best solution is if we come together. I think the world of professional golf has a need for the old historical product ‘history of the game’ that the PGA Tour provides. I think LIV has a really cool, updated feel that draws in a much younger audience.
“Both are good for the game of golf and adding LIV Golf to the ecosystem of the golf world is necessary. Once that happens, we all start working together. It’s going to be a really positive thing for everyone.”
Two-time American major champion Dustin Johnson took a three-shot lead in the opening round after carding 63 to finish with 9-unders at Rich Harvest Farms.
World No. 2 Cameron Smith of Australia was second with 6-under and Matthew Wolff was third with a shot back.
https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/34608219/american-phil-mickelson-says-liv-series-here-stay LIV series ‘here to stay,’ should ‘come together’ with PGA Tour