Phil Mickelson waits to have the last laugh on LIV Golf’s PGA Tour merger at US Open

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Vindicated Phil Mickelson waits to have the last laugh on LIV Golf’s PGA Tour merger as he vows to speak ‘later… but not this week’ at US Open

  • Phil Mickelson was one of the first players to ditch the PGA Tour for LIV Golf
  • His $200m move appears to be vindicated by last week’s shock merger news
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Phil Mickelson is going to bide his time before speaking out on the LIV Golf merger with the PGA Tour that sent shockwaves around the world of sport last week.

The bitter row that split golf in two came to an end in the bombshell news last Tuesday that the two tours are going to unite. PGA commissioner Jay Monahan previously insisted he would never strike a ceasefire with the breakaway LIV tour, but last week went back on his tough talk.

Mickelson, meanwhile, was one of the early defectors to sign up to the Saudi-backed circuit for a reported $200million. His move felt especially controversial as he was quoted as describing the Saudis as ‘scary motherf*****s to get involved with’ due to the human rights record in the country, although he later denied saying the quotes.

When the news surfaced last week, Mickelson simply tweeted ‘Awesome day today’ and has not elaborated further on his thoughts. And this week, he just wants to focus on playing golf. 

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‘Lefty’, who will turn 53 on Friday, is targeting a surprise victory in the one major that has evaded him in his career. 

Phil Mickelson is taking his time before speaking out on the LIV merger with the PGA Tour

Phil Mickelson is taking his time before speaking out on the LIV merger with the PGA Tour 

This week, Mickelson needs a shock US Open victory to wrap up a career Grand Slam

This week, Mickelson needs a shock US Open victory to wrap up a career Grand Slam 

Mickelson played a practice round on Wednesday with the Masters champion John Rahm

Mickelson played a practice round on Wednesday with the Masters champion John Rahm 

Triumph at the Los Angeles Country Club would complete a career Grand Slam and be the cherry on the cake at a time where, like it or not, his move to join up with LIV has appeared to be vindicated.

‘I’ll be happy to talk later,’ Mickelson told reporters during a practice round Wednesday, according to Sport Illustrated.

‘I just don’t want to waste any energy on it at the beginning of the week.

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‘We had talked about doing something but I’d rather not do it this week. I’d rather do it later, nothing’s happening anytime soon.’

Mickelson played his Wednesday practice round with Masters champion and PGA Tour golfer John Rahm and LIV’s David Puig.

Remarkably, Mickelson was first listed to play with Rory McIlroy – by far LIV’s and Mickelson’s most outspoken critic – in the practice round in what appeared to be a mix-up by organizers before McIlroy’s name was swapped with Puig. 

On Thursday, Mickelson will start his 32nd US Open grouped with Ireland’s Padraig Harrington and fellow America Keegan Bradley at 3:59pm Eastern Time.

Mickelson has finished runner-up at the US Open a remarkable six times and earlier this year impressed at The Masters, finishing tied second alongside fellow LIV competitor Brooks Koepka.

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