Phil Mickelson's 2022 was turbulent to say the least, but he absolutely hasn't lost the ability to provide witty responses.
Mickelson is back with his Hy Flyers this week at LIV Golf Tucson.
Understandably, the six-time major champ was asked about the huge changes planned for the PGA Tour's designated events in 2024.
Lefty quipped on social media in the immediate aftermath of the announcement that he previously floated the idea to tour commissioner Jay Monahan but it was roundly rejected.
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Mickelson claimed he had previously outlined a similar proposal to Monahan.
He said on social media:
Speaking to the media on 15 March, Mickelson was asked to what extent the changes were driven by LIV.
.@PhilMickelson on the changes the PGA Tour has made, and the influence he and #LIVGolf had on those changes.— LIV Golf Updates (@LIVGolfUpdates) March 15, 2023
"I think it's a good model to follow and I'm glad that they are" pic.twitter.com/ioHcdmP1Ar
It was put to Mickelson that had his idea been implemented a year ago there might not have been a LIV Golf.
"Friends for decades"
Mickelson also spoke of his imminent return to the 2023 Masters.
He said he was grateful the LIV players will have the opportunity to compete at Augusta National, adding:
No expectations. We are grateful to just be able to play and compete and be a part of it. A lot of the people there that are playing and competing in the Masters are friend for decades, and I'm looking forward to seeing them again.
It was also interesting that Mickelson did not express an opinion about the proposals to rollback the golf ball.
Justin Thomas blasted the 'selfish' USGA in a media conference before the Valspar Championship.
Even Mickelson's LIV compatriot Bryson DeChambeau got in on the action, roasting the USGA and R&A with a TikTok video.
But Mickelson? He hasn't looked into the data yet. It's surprising that he didn't immediately illicit a response.
Mickelson previously blasted the USGA with his ice cream analogy when the governing body outlined plans to reduce the length of the driver shaft.
No doubt we'll get his opinion soon!
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