the Mickelson ban hopes to return to the PGA circuit

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Brookline (United States) (AFP)- Sextup-two Majors tournament winner Phil Mickelson confirmed Monday that he hoped to compete again in North American circuit tournaments, despite being banned from the USPGA after joining the LIV. Saudi Arabia.

“I am very grateful for the many memories, opportunities, experiences, friendships, relationships that the PGA circuit has to offer me, and all this will be lost. But I hope to have more,” he said. a statement by Mickelson.

The 51 -year -old American will be in Brookline (Massachusetts) where he will debut Thursday at the US Open. The organizers of this Grand Chelem allowed him to participate, estimating it would have been “unfair and inappropriate” to expel the 17 players who had been suspended by the PGA, to avoid disputing last weekend in the first tournament of the LIV in London.

“I have worked hard to deserve a lifetime attachment (to the PGA), throughout my more than 30 years of professional career. So I believe I should be able to choose the path I want, one or the other. “the other or the two,” he hammered.

Mickelson has not yet revealed his plans for the coming weeks, ahead of the upcoming trials organized by the LIV and the British Open, scheduled for July in St. Petersburg. Andrews (Scotland). “It’s publicly known that I’m suspended with a bunch of other players, so it’s all just speculation (for what the PGA circuit is), I don’t know how all this will go.”

Like Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, two Majors and ex-World No. 1, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and other Majors winners, like Charl Schwartzel or Sergio Garcia are part of the bans.

All are under the fire of various criticisms. Their counterparts want to sue the PGA, accusing them of losing to the pecuniary sirens ($ 25 million in endowment for each LIV tournament).

Phil Mickelson at the Dissent League tournament, LIV Golf, in St Albans, north London, on June 9, 2022 Adrian DENNIS AFP/Archives

The American players in question have been accused of tarnishing the memory of their compatriots, by an association of families of victims of September 11 that holds Saudi Arabia responsible for these attacks.

Mickelson himself had blown the heat and cold into this country. In a lung book in February, he judged the Saudis “aggressors” with a “horrible case on human rights”, all while saying enthusiastically with the idea of ​​participating in LIV events, to put pressure on the PGA, so that it can reform.

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