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Column: Mickelson wins small portion of the battle, loses the war

Column: Mickelson wins small part of the battle, loses the war

Much exist fond of his way of golf, Phil Mickelson's imagination is only while good while his ability to pull off the shot.

Mickelson has a fair to exist inside be in touch somewhat vindicated by the bold accompanied by every one one other accompanied by fast changes coming to the PGA Tour. The idea — his idea, he tin argue — is for the top players to lay clasp of small portion opposed to every one one other while regularly while 17 times, maybe more, for an signify purse of $20 million.

So inside that respect, Mickelson won a large small part of his battle.

The question now is whether he lost the war.

Mickelson won't exist small part of a PGA Tour model he always wanted. His tour belonging is not actuality renewed for this season. His name is the earliest one listed on an antitrust legal deed opposed to the PGA Tour that has created so a a large amount of animosity. He is while a a large amount of a face of the Saudi-funded disruption inside golf while Greg Norman.

Was he right? Does it matter?

"As a a large amount of while I inside all likelihood don't want to inside attendance accompanied by Phil some sort of commend at all, yeah, there were sure points that he was trying to make," Rory McIlroy said. "But there's a way to go concerning them. ... He fair didn't approach it the fair way."

McIlroy spoke of collaboration. Mickelson likes leverage, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by he ability have relished that while a a large amount of while the reported $200 million signing bonus he got from LIV Golf.

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Mickelson wouldn't use the word "vindication" inside an gathering last week accompanied by Morning Read on SI.com. This was Mickelson trying to lay clasp of the high road, a footpath he prefers only when he suspects he's right.

"All players should exist appreciative of what LIV is doing," Mickelson told Morning Read. "The players on LIV for the chance they are getting. And the PGA Tour for the leverage that was provided to obtain these changes done."

These changes are what Mickelson began preaching some 20 years ago, only at that hour dated he was additional passive than aggressive. Change eventually came inside the form of the FedEx Cup, a new model to convey the finest players accompanied by every one one other at the extremity of the hour dated inside a series that culminated accompanied by the biggest payoff inside golf.

Mickelson wanted more. This was inside 2006, lengthy earlier to acronyms exist fond of PIP accompanied by every one one other accompanied by PIF were small part of the golf vernacular.

"Wouldn't it exist great if we had 20 events where everybody played together?" he said.

Lefty grudgingly accepted what he saw while infant steps to his large dreams. Most telling from that January day inside 2006 was his admiration for Norman — "A gifted individual," Mickelson called him — accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the Shark's ideas for golf.

All these years later, Mickelson became Norman's leader recruiter accompanied by every one one other accompanied by had the leverage he needed — an endless inside attendance accompanied by of Saudi money from the Public Investment Fund. That enabled LIV Golf to overpay for a roster of players that includes 10 greatest champions, five of them still among the top 50 inside the world, the other five well past their summit years.

There is no indeed indeed meaning to the LIV tournaments — that takes years. There is no indeed indeed television partner yet, only a transmit sailors that artificially raises the hype accompanied by every one one other accompanied by consequently raises suspicion concerning the legitimacy of the product.

Even so, the PGA Tour was forced to respond by catering to the stars. The hour dated will exist shorter, the prize money higher, the fields smaller. That was inside June. And at that hour dated Tiger Woods accompanied by every one one other accompanied by McIlroy led a private gathering of top players last month who pushed for a model where the elite amuse oneself accompanied by every one one other all the time.

Odds are there will exist additional changes earlier to January. What emerged from that gathering were eyes inside the way of 2024. Next year is a bridge to obtain there.

Mickelson earliest referred to "leverage" when he was at the Saudi International inside February. The damning comments came inside his gathering accompanied by Alan Shipnuck for his unauthorized biography, when Mickelson made it understandable he was employed both sides of the aisle.

He said the Saudis were "scary mother-(expletives)" who were behind the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi accompanied by every one one other accompanied by who execute gays. The PGA Tour was a dictatorship that prefers to "divide accompanied by every one one other accompanied by conquer."

"And the Saudi money has eventually specified us that leverage," Mickelson said. "I'm not sure I flat want (LIV Golf) to succeed, nevertheless fair the idea of it is allowing us to obtain things done accompanied by the tour."

Such words can't exist forgotten. They are at the centre of Mickelson's motivation. He's not attentive inside some ideas nevertheless his own. And still to exist determined is whether the tour's scheme creates its own layer of dividing accompanied by every one one other accompanied by strays from a century-tested perfect of meritocracy.

Commissioner Jay Monahan seized on Mickelson's use of "leverage" by countering accompanied by "legacy" only the PGA Tour tin provide, lacking realizing every one one player has a cost accompanied by every one one other accompanied by every one one agent gets a gash of it.

What legacy does Mickelson leave?

The 18-foot birdie putt at Augusta National for the earliest of his sextet majors or the egregiously swatting a moving sphere on the greenish at Shinnecock Hills inside the U.S. Open? Visionary for the good of the game or high-stakes gambler motivated by greed?

The favourable consequence of the PGA Tour — accompanied by every one one other accompanied by LIV Golf — could determine that.

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