Phil Mickelson Once Confessed About the PGA Tour’s Bias Towards His Arch Rival Tiger Woods

Published 09/27/2022, 3:30 PM EDT
WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, PA – SEPTEMBER 04: Tiger Woods speaks after being chosen along with Phil Mickelson (L) and Bryson DeChambeau as Captain’s Picks by U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain Jim Furyk for the 2018 team during a press conference at the Philadelphia Marriott West on September 4, 2018 in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) Credits: Getty Images

The biggest critic of the PGA Tour is no longer playing for it. Yes, Phil Mickelson might have switched sides for good, but the stories of his public spats with the PGA Tour resonate well with his current standing. Not too long ago, Mickelson revealed the biased nature of the Tour in favor of Tiger Woods, which the former thoroughly condemned.

What did Phil Mickelson say about PGA’s alleged bias towards Tiger Woods?

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In an interview with Golf Digest before the 2009 US Open at Bethpage Black, Mickelson sat down for an interview covering a wide range of topics. Among them were questions about his and Tiger’s influence on the game, to which the 6-time Major Championship winner cried foul.

“I think the tour talks to Tiger. That’s a critical element, and he should be consulted,” he said, before adding, “But if people assume that, before anything goes down, the tour talks to me about my opinion, that’s not correct.”

Mickelson further stressed the reasoning behind keeping every player out of decisions based on golf operations. “On the other hand, I believe no one player should have input on the operations of the tour. Why? Because you’re dealing with 200 individuals who are unable to take their personal bias out of the decision-making process,” he continued.

Mickelson’s solution to the problem

Then what should the PGA do to hinder favoritism? Mickelson came up with an answer well beyond its time. “The tour should have 20 events where the top guys have to play. Whatever number you want to use,” he declared.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 23: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson walk on the 18th hole during The Match: Tiger vs Phil at Shadow Creek Golf Course on November 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images for The Match)

“As it is now, sponsors are upset because they don’t know who will be in the field, and therefore they don’t know what they’re buying…. Those 20 events would be the four majors, the Players Championship, the World Golf Championship events and 12 others,” he further stated his plan.

As luck would have it, the PGA Tour has made ground-breaking changes to its schedule for the upcoming season. A few of these modifications include a mandatory set of events to be played by the top-ranked golfers, which includes the Players Championship, the Genesis Invitational, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Memorial Tournament, the Sentry Tournament of Champions, and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

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These tournaments, alongside the four Major Championships and the season-ending FedEx Cup, will witness the best golfers on the Tour teeing up alongside each other. The fact that Mickelson predicted this transformation 13 years ago is living proof of the genius of that is the LIV golfer.

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Sharan Nair

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Sharan is an Engineering student with a desire to carve out a career in sports journalism. He is an ardent Tiger Woods fan and his 2019 Masters victory is what further cemented his love for the golfer. A die hard football fan, Sharan can be seen cheering for Real Madrid, and playing FIFA every chance he gets.

Edited By: Manaal Siddiqui

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