‘I’ve Been Disappointed’: Rory McIlroy Gets Honest About Phil Mickelson

Published 06/17/2022, 7:15 AM EDT
Golf – The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational – Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Britain – June 9, 2022 Team Hy Flyers Phil Mickelson of the U.S. during the first round Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson are two of the most famous names teeing it up this week at the 2022 U.S. Open Championship. Mickelson has been in the limelight for his involvement with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series and has received severe backlash for playing on the new tour. McIlroy recently spoke about the same mentioning Mickelson and his stance on his decision to play for the LIV Golf series.

The Northern Irishman recently spoke about Mickelson in a media interaction at The Country Club which is the venue of this week’s major championship event. The former World Number One spoke about how he hasn’t lost respect for the six-time major championship winner and shed more light on the same.


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Not to forget, McIlroy is coming into the third major championship event of the year with a win at last week’s PGA Tour event – the RBC Canadian Open. It was his 21st Tour title, and he played brilliantly throughout the tournament. He is also among the prominent names who have voiced their loyalty to the PGA Tour.

Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 9, 2021, Phil Mickelson of the U.S. reacts on the 2nd hole during the second round REUTERS/Brian Snyder

At the same time, the 33-year-old professional also pointed out that he was disappointed with the World Golf Hall of Fame member’s decision of hopping onto the new LIV Golf Tour. Do you think Lefty made a good decision?

McIlroy speaks about Phil Mickelson and LIV Golf

Rory talked about Mickelson after being asked if he has specifically lost respect for him. He said, “As a golfer? No. I think his — he won a major championship 13 months ago, probably one of the crowning achievements of his career and one of the most impressive achievements in the history of the game of golf. As a golfer, I have the utmost respect for Phil.”

McIlroy added, “‘I’ve been disappointed with how he has went about what he has done, but I think he has come back and shown some remorse about how he has handled some things so I think he has learned from that. Am I disappointed he has taken the route that he has taken? I am, but I still respect him tremendously.” 

The four-time major championship winner’s words prove that how he still respects the Lefty. At the same time, it also depicts how Rory did not like the decision Mickelson made.


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Rory wins at the RBC Canadian Open for the second time

The famous golf pro played brilliantly at the challenging golf course. He ended the event with an overall score of 19-under-par. As a result, he won the Tour event with a comfortable two-shot lead. Furthermore, McIlroy carded a final round of eight-under-par, 62 to finish on the top of the leader board.

His final round of 62 included five birdies and four pars, As a result, he moved out in five-under-par, 29. Rory made five birdies and two bogeys on the back nine to end his round.


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Bazif Qadri

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Bazif Qadri is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing BSC Economics Hons, Bazif is a golf enthusiast. Not only a fan, but he is also an avid golfer himself.