Phil Mickelson refused to answer a yes or no question about his future ahead of LIV Golf Valderrama.
The question was a simple one: would he like to one day return to the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions.
Only a matter of weeks ago we knew that, even if Mickelson's response was a 'yes' there would have been a different reply from the PGA Tour top brass.
But given what has transpired, it appears we could slowly be moving towards a more peaceful future in men's professional golf.
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The PGA Tour and DP World Tour have struck an agreement with LIV Golf's Saudi backers, the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.
We got our first look of what that deal looks like earlier in the week. It provided more questions than answers.
But given that Mickelson was beaten from pillar to post for his association with the Saudis, there is chatter that Lefty, 53, could perhaps feel vindicated.
You will no doubt have your own opinion of Mickelson and the legacy he will leave.
Mickelson refused to talk about the shock proposal at the 2023 US Open, preferring to concentrate on his golf.
He said he'd open up about it in the future. So is now the time, Mickelson was asked in Andalucia.
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The aforementioned framework agreement doesn't make it clear if LIV Golf is here to stay for good.
According to the document, the organisations will come together to assess whether to continue the rival league after 2024.
Should that happen, it could be curtains for Mickelson's PGA Tour career. PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan, who has temporarily stepped aside for health reasons, said he would act in 'good faith' for those that want to return.
The only hitch is players could be hit with fines should they wish to do so. Would Mickelson want to come back though? Would he accept paying a fine?
So would Mickelson want to return to the PGA Tour?
| According to a report by Golf, security had to remove a heckler giving Phil Mickelson abuse about LIV Golf during the opening round of the 2023 US Open. pic.twitter.com/MAsyYe5uTZ— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) June 16, 2023
Mickelson was asked if he believes he is now vindicated.
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