‘Jay’s Threats’: Amid the Rory McIlroy Shocker, LIV Golf Advocate Phil Mickelson Throws a Tight Punch at the PGA Tour

Published 11/15/2023, 2:40 AM EST

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The PGA Tour has been busy lately considering many paths forward for itself and its players. With the December deadline of the proposed merger coming closer, all eyes and ears are tuned to the tour. And the tour did drop a major update recently. This comes at a time when an important member of the PGA Tour’s policy board, Rory McIlroy, has stepped down.

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The update talks about the tour’s decision involving how the tour will handle equity in the future. Now, Lefty Phil Mickelson, who has had a history with the tour regarding this merger and related aspects, had something to say in response. And his reply is as direct as it gets. 

Lefty comments on Monahan’s change of mind

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The PGA Tour’s recent announcement revealed that it plans to offer equity stake to members in the new entity (for-profit) that will be created. Reportedly, after a board meeting attended by directors including Tiger Woods, a memo to this effect was distributed to the players.

Phil Mickelson has responded to a tweet from NUCLR Golf disclosing this announcement. He expressed how the change in philosophy in the past couple of years amazes him. He quoted Jay Monahan and Ed Herlihy on this matter from what they said in October 2021, “If it’s not 100% owned and controlled by the PGA Tour it will be viewed as hostile.”

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Lefty added his gratitude to the LIV league and associated entities in the tweet. “Thank you LIV, PIF, His Excellency and all the players willing to stand up to Jay’s threats and disparagement to force positive change.”

Phil Mickelson often contributes to discussions online about the PGA Tour’s change in stance regarding policies. He quotes himself and others from the past, to remind the fans of what transpired back when he tried to make things work from within the tour. We mean the time before he left PGAT for LIV golf. Meanwhile, what is the deal with Rory McIlroy and his resignation from the policy board? Let’s look into that.

Rory McIlroy is done with his duty

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As of Tuesday, Rory McIlroy has stepped down from his position as a player director on the policy board of the PGA Tour. He has cited that to focus on his professional and personal commitments, he needs the time off. 

At the press conference ahead of the DP World Tour Championship, the Irishman answered a question about the position he had held. He confessed that he did not particularly enjoy it. However, he spoke optimistically about the future and sounded positive.

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With Jon Rahm recently exiting the TGL without any warning, and now McIlroy resigning his responsibilities, it looks like the PGA Tour is going through some major changes. Perhaps we will know more as the year gets closer to its end. 

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Vignesh K

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Vignesh K. is a golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having worked as an academic content writer, Vignesh has taken to sports journalism like a duck to water.
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