Justin Thomas Has a Bold Response to Phil Mickelson Firing Shots at the PGA Tour

Published 02/18/2022, 12:30 PM EST
May 7, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Phil Mickelson after his bogey on 15 during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports/REUTERS

Phil Mickelson wants the PGA Tour to give what the golfers deserve. He has made some powerful statements regarding the same in the past couple of interviews. However, does that mean every Tour player thinks the same? Let’s find out what Justin Thomas thinks about Mickelson’s statements!

An interview with Mickelson was published on The Fire Pit Collective recently. Mickelson explained his intentions with the new Saudi League there. He said, “As nice a guy as (PGA Tour commissioner – Jay Monahan) comes across as, unless you have leverage, he won’t do what’s right.” 


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Mar 18, 2021; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA; Phil Mickelson tees off on the 1st hole during the first round of The Honda Classic golf tournament at PGA National (Champion). Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports/REUTERS

The golfer further explained that the Saudi League and the money they are offering had given them the leverage. Since the introduction of the League, the PGA has offered the PIP money and other initiatives to support the golfers. Mickelson also stated his frustration over the PGA for not dividing the media rights between the golfers. 

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Mickelson showed his frustration over the Tour and its way of treating its players. However, does every other golfer support this statement? 

What does Justin Thomas think about the statement of Phil Mickelson? 

“Seems like a bit of a pretty, you know, egotistical statement,” Thomas said. The golfer was talking to the press after the first round of the 2022 Genesis Invitational. He wasn’t aware of the interview with Mickelson until he met the media. 


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Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 10, 2021, Justin Thomas of the U.S. acknowledges the crowd after holing his birdie putt on the 3rd green during the third round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“I don’t know. It is like he (Phil) has done a lot of great things for the PGA Tour,” Justin added. He further explained that if Mickelson and others want to, they can just leave the Tour and join the League. He said, “I don’t think anybody is stopping them.”

When the media further asked whether he thinks it is time the players took a side, the PGA or the League, Justin was quick to answer. He said, “I have heard way too much talk about a lot of players that are ‘so done with everything,’ but they keep hanging around, so clearly they are not too done.”


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Mickelson and Thomas clearly don’t share the same idea about the PGA Tour. Who do you think is right here? Mickelson or Thomas? Let us know your thoughts on it!



Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.