Phil Mickelson: ‘Work with us, not against us’, the six-time major winner tells the PGA Tour, insisting that the rebellious LIV Tour is ‘here to stay’
- Phil Mickelson wants the PGA to work with the divisive Saudi-backed LIV Tour
- The six-time major winner declared the rebellious LIV system is ‘here to stay’
- Elsewhere, Matt Fitzpatrick has one shot lead going into Italian Open final round
The PGA Tour will never again have all the world’s best players and should come together with the Saudi-backed LIV Tour, Phil Mickelson has blasted.
The American six-time major winner added the rebel tour is ‘here to stay’ and claimed the divisive talk that surrounds it is harming golf.
The breakaway Saudi circuit launched in June and boasts 12 major champions among its ranks, with those players largely barred from PGA Tour events.
Phil Mickelson wants the PGA Tour to come together with LIV Golf despite the clear divisions
‘The PGA Tour, for the last 20 or 30 years has had all the best players in the world,’ said Mickelson after carding a two-under 70 in the opening round of the LIV event in Chicago.
‘That will never be the case again. LIV Golf is here to stay. The best solution is for us to come together.
‘The world of professional golf has a need for the old “history of the game” product that the PGA Tour provides, but LIV provides a really cool, updated feel to attract younger crowds.
‘Both are good for the game and the inclusion of LIV in the ecosystem of the golf world is necessary. As soon as that happens, we all start working together. It’s going to be a really positive thing for everyone.’
Matt Fitzpatrick leads the Italian Open in Rome by one shot, going into Sunday’s final round
Meanwhile, Matt Fitzpatrick takes a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and fellow Englishman Aaron Rai into the final round of the Italian Open in Rome.
US Open champion Fitzpatrick carded a two-under 69 in the third round, while McIlroy birdied the last to scrape a 71.
Frenchman Victor Perez is one shot further back, as are American Kurt Kitayama and Australian Lucas Herbert.