It's fair to say Phil Mickelson isn't a fan of the latest developments in the PGA Tour/LIV Golf drama.
A matter of days after announcing the PGA Tour had agreed a deal with LIV Golf's backers on 6 June, Monahan was forced to step away from his day-to-day duties owing to an unexplained medical condition.
In the interim Monahan was able to skip a US Senate hearing that saw two high-ranking PGA Tour execs put under the spotlight and pressed about the deal and its ramifications.
A democratic senator has now introduced a bill that is targeting the PGA Tour's tax-exempt status.
Monahan returned with a bang at TPC Twin Cities.
| Phil Mickelson's playing partner during the LIV Golf London pro-am might cause Tiger Woods to raise his eyebrows. pic.twitter.com/pLxnCCW45S— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) July 6, 2023
In an explosive memo that was addressed to members - and subsequently leaked - the under fire boss appeared to try appease the PGA Tour's biggest stars.
Monahan's memo - which also stated the tour wouldn't support golf's bifurcation plans - outlined negotiations with LIV's Saudi backers - the PIF - are 'ongoing'.
But there was a bigger bombshell.
Monahan outlined plans for a 'player benefit program' which would provide tour loyalists with a 'financially significant' system of repaying those who chose not to join the rival league.
Such a programme has been discussed at length. Rory McIlroy has previously claimed players should be compensated.
Others, such as Jon Rahm, who backed Monahan before the 151st Open, said that shouldn't be the case.
Although Rahm did stress there should be some punishment for those that bolted in 2022.
| Jon Rahm says he still trusts and backs PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan despite unrest over the LIV Golf/PIF deal. pic.twitter.com/cd2RIntp5O— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) July 18, 2023
Mickelson? Well Lefty thinks its all unnecessary as 'not a single player on LIV wants to play PGA Tour'.
What a colossal waste of time.Not a single player on LIV wants to play PGA Tour. It would require a public apology and restitution to LIV playersfor paying millions to Clout media to disparage all of us.A better topic is future sanctions for the many players who now come to LIV— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) July 30, 2023
Mickelson is talking about this report where he references Clout media.
Those at LIV Golf accused the PGA Tour of hiring a PR firm to spread anti-Saudi sentiment.
The Wall Street Journal previously unearthed court documents which stated:
LIV previously accused the PGA Tour of hiring Clout "to front this campaign, insisting that Clout conceal the Tour's orchestration of this effort."
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