It wasn’t that long ago when Phil Mickelson barfed all over himself in the court of public opinion and started the wheels in motion for his eventual departure to the land of guaranteed money, no cuts, no stress. Play crappy and you still get a hundred grand.
In a move that came as no surprise on Monday, Lefty pledged his allegiance to the Saudi-backed LIV Series that begins on Thursday at the Centurion Club outside London. The Lamest Commissioner In The Land (aka Greg Norman) left the light on for Phil and Lefty will be showing up on the doorstep Thursday for the shotgun start and a guaranteed pay day.
Mickelson put out a carefully worded apology on Monday in which he cow-towed to the Saudis asked for forgiveness and basically said he was sorry for referring to them as, you know, “scary mother-fuckers.” Lefty says he’s been in therapy but now he’s ready for the therapy he loves the most — serious financial therapy in the form of a big fat pile of stinking Saudi cash. Forget the fact that an American citizen (Jamal Khashoggi) was killed and dismembered by “The Regime” — it’s okay, as The Lamest Commission In The Land was dumb enough to declare: “Everyone makes mistakes.”
Phil may be making a big one but at least he’ll be getting paid handsomely and this move/decision by Lefty surprises absolutely no one. Truth be known, Lefty needs a big payday to support his famous gambling habit (he termed it “reckless and embarrassing”) and this 48-man deal in London fills the bill. There’s $20 million to be had, four-million to the winner. Just imagine the Tour Championship, with more money and a less skilled field.
Last week Kevin Na resigned his PGA Tour membership and this week, Sergio Garcia, Louie Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace joined him in the resignation club. Dustin Johnson confirmed his resignation on Tuesday at an LIV presser.
Now all eyes are turning to Ponte Vedra Beach where Tour Commish Jay Monahan (aka The Sheriff Of Nottingham) is no doubt gathering with his inner circle to figure out two big words — What’s Next? As in what’s next for Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and the guys who choose to defect to the rival league.
So far, there’s nothing but dead silence from Tour headquarters. Truth be known, they’re no doubt waiting to see if those 48 guys, including D.J. and Phil, do indeed show up for the big money grab.
There’s been other runoff from the mess as well.
The Lamest Commissioner In The Land (Greg Norman) basically called Jack Nicklaus a liar in an interview with the Washington Post. You may or may not recall that Nicklaus had gone on the record and said he met with LIV officials but had no interest at all in the $100 million they were offering him to be the face of the LIV Series.
Norman disputed that.
“One hundred percent truth? Jack’s a hypocrite,’’ Norman told the Washington Post.
“When he (Nicklaus) came out with those comments, I’m thinking: Jack must have a short memory,” Norman declared in the interview.
Norman also said that Nicklaus attended a LIV golf presentation and later wrote in an email that the new league has his blessing.
“Quote-unquote, he said: “This is good for our game. If it’s good for the game of golf, it’s good by me,’’’ Norman said. “So you want the facts? You’ve got the facts. Know what you said before you open your mouth.’’
Of course, considering the source, well, fellow Australians have already told us what Norman is all about — Greg’s all about Greg.
So now it all begins.
The landscape of professional golf is changing. Norman is claiming its all for the good of the game.
If you believe that, Phil Mickelson has a hot tip for you in the third race at Santa Anita.
Even better, London is the land of betting storefronts on every corner — will Lefty bet on himself to NOT WIN at Centurion?
That would be the safest bet of all.
Phil Mickelson’s (self-serving) statement:
“First and foremost, I want to again apologize to the many people I offended and hurt with my comments a few months ago. I have made mistakes in my career in some of the things I have said and done. Taking time away and self-reflecting has been very humbling. I need to start prioritizing the people that I love the most and work on becoming a better version of myself.
“I am ready to come back to play the game I love but after 32 years this new path is a fresh start, one that is exciting for me at this stage of my career and is clearly transformative, not just for myself, but ideally for the game and my peers — I am incredibly grateful for what this game and the PGA Tour has given me. I would like to think that I have given back as well but now I am excited about this new opportunity.”
Forbes is reporting that it has confirmed with Bryson DeChambeau’s agent that Bryson will be joining the LIV Series. Reports also have Patrick Reed leaving for the LIV.