Phil Mickelson Asked Uncomfortable Questions Regarding LIV Tour at US Open Press Conference
Phil Mickelson has no doubt had an impressive career when it comes to golf. He has competed numerous amounts of times taking home 3 Master’s titles, 2 PGA Championships and 1 Open Championship as well. However on Monday at the US Open press conference Mickelson was looking like less of a champion, as he was grilled by the press for his involvement in the LIV Golf.
What is LIV Golf?
LIV Golf is a professional tour that many well known golfers are paid to compete in. The tour is also funded by the Public Investment Fund, which happens to be the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia. Here is where things got a little bit sticky for Mickelson. Its reported that Mickelson is being paid about $200 million to sign with LIV. In the past, Saudi Arabian government has been tied to tragic events such as 9/11. So when people found out Mickelson was being paid by a government with such controversy, the media decided to ask some pretty difficult questions.
How Did Twitter Feel?
The media felt no shame at the US Open press conference and asked Mickelson some pretty strong questions. You can see here how reporters asked Mickelson how he felt about now being connected to the Saudi Arabian government, and how he could justify his decision. Deeply emotional topics were brought up such as what Mickelson would say to the families and loved ones who lost someone in 9/11.
Phil Mickelson says he has "deep empathy" for people who lost loved ones on 9/11.
This comes after a coalition of families and survivors of 9/11 sent a scathing letter to Mickelson and other American golfers over their decision to compete in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour. pic.twitter.com/iwG099tZFK
— The Recount (@therecount) June 13, 2022
During a press conference when Mickelson was asked about his decision to play LIV Golf, he explained how he knows that many people are upset with his decision, however he believes it gives him the most balance in life. Unfortunately, many fans understood this as, it gives him the most money in life.
Phil Mickelson is joining a new Saudi golf league because it "gives him the most balance in his life." He totally means money, right? pic.twitter.com/NEvqrzIZKT
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 9, 2022
Although Mickelson has been taking a lot of the heat for playing in the LIV Tour, he isn’t the only LIV golfer playing in the US Open. Golfers Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Louis Oosthuizen, Brandon Grace, and Talor Gooch will also be eligible to compete this week, and have already signed with LIV.
#Golf's moral maze…
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— Neil Barker (@Mockneyrebel) June 8, 2022
Its clear that many fans are disappointed, and disagree with Mickelson’s decision to play for LIV, however there are still a community of people who see no harm in his choice. The media made their feelings pretty clear during the US Open press conference as Mickelson had a pretty difficult time answering these questions. All in all, the media and pretty much all of Twitter don’t seem like they’ll be letting Mickelson off the hook anytime soon.
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