Phil Mickelson says he's "at peace" if he never plays on the PGA Tour again or gets the opportunity to be involved in the Ryder Cup.
Mickelson has given an exclusive interview to SI's Bob Harig, where he has approached a number of difficult topics.
The six-time-major champion is scheduled to kick off his 2023 at the Saudi International ahead of the second season of the LIV Golf League.
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Mickelson told Harig he has dropped 20lbs and is back down to his college weight. He said he is ready to put last year behind him.
He told the publication he believes he can replicate Sam Snead by winning tournaments well into the twilight of his career.
Elsewhere, Mickelson, 52, expressed the confidence that he can win another major before he hangs it up.
Some of his claims included:
- He wasn't contractually obligated to play in the Saudi International, as other LIV players are
- Mickelson said he "hasn't dwelled" on the firestorm of 2022
- Mickelson said he's had many players personally thank him for creating a huge change within the PGA Tour
- No player has said anything negative to his face
- He is looking forward to returning to Augusta National
- He believes there may well be some awkwardness at the Masters Champions Dinner, but it won't be coming from him
- Mickelson believes there will probably be another world ranking system put in place as the current one "isn't credible"
- He will look back at this period of his life as "short-term disruption" for a "long-term gain"
- Mickelson believes he will have the opportunity to play on the PGA Tour again (hinting at LIV being successful in their litigation).
- That being said, Mickelson doesn't care if he wins again on the North American circuit because it won't change how he views his career
- One more major is the top priority
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