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The suspended Mickelson is hoping to make ‘new memories’ with the PGA Tour

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Phil Mickelson said he hopes to “make new memories” with the PGA Tour after the US golf circuit suspended him for participating in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series amid ongoing outcry ahead of this week’s US Open .

The PGA Tour last week suspended Mickelson and other members who have joined LIV Golf, with commissioner Jay Monahan saying they have “decided to turn their backs on the tour.”

Mickelson, who has finished runners-up six times at the US Open and gets another try to end the career grand slam on his 30th attempt at the country club in Brookline, said he respects those who have “strong opinions”.

“(I am) very grateful for the many memories, opportunities, experiences, friendships, relationships that PGA Tour has created and they will endure – they will last a lifetime, but I am confident that I will have a chance.” to do more,” he said.

Mickelson has been a long-time fan favorite but has faced a spate of disapproval after comments were released earlier this year criticizing the Saudi government for its “appalling” human rights record, but said he would use the prospect of LIV Golf to economically to gain leverage over the PGA Tour.

Mickelson apologized for his comments and announced in February that he was taking time off from the game and retiring from the Masters and his PGA Championship title defense.

Saudi Arabia’s government has denied allegations of human rights abuses.

“It was a necessary time and an opportunity for me to step back a little and reflect a little and think about how best to prioritize things,” Mickelson told reporters Monday.

The American said he plans to compete in the Open Championship at St Andrews next month and would prefer to have the option of playing “one or both” tours.

“I’ve given back as much as I could to the PGA Tour and the game of golf in my 30 years here, and my successes on the course have earned me a lifetime membership,” he said.

“My intention is to keep that and then decide which events to play and which not to.”

Reuters

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