Golf: Phil Mickelson seeks PGA release for Saudi-backed series opener

LOS ANGELES (AFP, REUTERS) – Phil Mickelson sparked intrigue about his doable return to golf on Monday (April 25) after making use of for a release to play within the first occasion of a profitable Saudi Arabian-backed golf tour in June.

His administration firm confirmed in a press release that the 51-year-old six-time Major winner was searching for approval to play within the June Sep 11 LIV Golf Invitational exterior London – however burdened he had not but confirmed his participation.

The former world No. 1 has not performed since triggering uproar in February following publication of his remarks made final 12 months to creator Alan Shipnuck regarding the new Saudi-funded enterprise.

Mickelson described the Saudi monetary backers of the proposed league as “scary” with a “horrible record on human rights” however stated he was keen to cope with them in an effort to achieve leverage to “reshape” the United States-based PGA Tour.

Mickelson, the reigning PGA Championship winner, subsequently apologised for the feedback and introduced he was taking some “desperately needed time away” from golf.

However his eventual return may conceivably characteristic participation on the LIV Golf occasion at Centurion Golf Club exterior London.

Steve Loy, co-president of Sportfive administration, stated in a press release that Mickelson was registered to play in each subsequent month’s PGA Championship, the place he will likely be defending his title, in addition to the June 16-19 US Open, which takes place the week after the LIV London occasion.

“Our client Phil Mickelson is officially registered to play in the PGA Championship as well as the US Open,” Loy stated.

“We have additionally filed a request on his behalf for a release to play within the first LIV Golf Invitational in London, June Sep 11. This request complies with the deadline of April 25 set forth by the PGA Tour to compete in a conflicting tour occasion.

“Phil currently has no concrete plans on when and where he will play. Any actions taken are in no way a reflection of a final decision made, but rather to keep all options open.”

Mickelson’s doable return comes amid intense hypothesis about different gamers who might choose to participate within the Saudi-backed enterprise.

The money-spinning series will supply purses of US$25 million (S$34.3 million) per match – making each leg of the series extra profitable than the richest occasion on the PGA Tour, and roughly greater than double the prize cash on supply for every of golf’s 4 majors.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper in the meantime reported on Monday that European Ryder Cup stars Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood have been all contemplating taking part in within the occasion.

Meanwhile, the LIV Golf Invitational Series introduced that it could maintain its season-ending Team Championship at Trump National Doral in Miami.

The Team Championship will characteristic a US$50 million purse and conclude an eight-tournament series that kicks off in London in June.

The Saudi-backed series, beforehand known as the Super Golf League, plans to dole out greater than US$250 million in complete purses. As of Monday, no golfers had publicly dedicated to the series, which PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has opposed.

Doral hosted a PGA Tour cease from 1962 till 2018. Former US president Donald Trump has owned the property since 2012, when his organisation bought it out of chapter.

“There could not be a more perfect location to host our biggest event of the year at a course with such a long history with professional golfers, and we are excited to add another piece of history to this famed destination,” Greg Norman, chief government officer and Commissioner of LIV Golf, stated in a press release.

“I am very much looking forward to October to watch these teams go head-to-head to compete for the largest prize purse in tournament history. As we continue to select locations for our events in world-class cities, we knew Miami had to be included in the rota, and the Blue Monster is a fan favourite and a perfect place to end our inaugural season.”

The dates and areas of the primary seven tournaments have been introduced final month. Another Trump property, Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey, was beforehand introduced.

Five of the eight occasions will likely be contested within the US and two will likely be in Asia.

The full schedule – June Sep 11: Centurion Golf Club, London.

July 1-3: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Portland, Oregon.

July 29-31: Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, New Jersey.

Sept 2-4: The International, Boston.

Sept 16-18: Rich Harvest Farms, Chicago.

Oct 7-9: Stonehill Golf Club, Bangkok, Thailand.

Oct 14-16: Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Oct 28-30: Team Championship at Trump National Doral, Miami.

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