Phil Mickelson says he's resigned himself to being 'a fan' of the Ryder Cup from now on as he claimed it 'makes me chuckle' to see the widespread changes adopted by the PGA Tour.
Mickelson was in a buoyant mood ahead of LIV Golf's event in Bedminster.
The HyFlyers captain told a pool of reporters on 9 August he previously held several meetings with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to discuss some of the things that are now happening on the North American circuit.
Chief of which are signature events - previously referred to as elevated or PGA Tour designated - as Lefty claimed it was imperative the best players on the planet play together more often.
Mickelson said he has the notes from those meetings, and looking back it makes him laugh.
He told the media:
Does he find himself shaking his head?
Monahan stepped away from his role temporarily on the eve of the 2023 U.S. Open, just days after announcing the 'framework agreement' with LIV Golf's backers.
The under fire chief revealed he was suffering from anxiety and mental health issues.
During his time of rest, he was able to skip as US Senate hearing where lawmakers grilled two high-ranking PGA Tour execs on the deal.
It is said that Monahan could be called to provide testimony in the future.
Mickelson was asked if he could envisage a future where the PGA Tour includes a team element.
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"There's four or give guys here that warrant that"
The Ryder Cup, at the time of writing, is now 50 days away.
Only Sir Nick Faldo (11) has made more appearances than Lefty.
Mickelson's words and actions have undoubtedly ruffled some feathers. Who knows, he may be welcomed back into the fold in the future.
It appeared a dead cert that Mickelson would captain the United States side in the 2025 Ryder Cup at Bethpage Black.
Mickelson will not be in Rome but he reckons there are at least four or five players on LIV that, on merit, could or should included.
Can Mickelson imagine a scenario where DeChambeau is now not involved?
Ryder Cup qualifying for the United States ends on 20 August upon the conclusion of the BMW Championship.
Captain Zach Johnson will announce his six picks shortly after.
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