Phil Mickelson after PGA Tour try out his 'obnoxious greed' idea? "COMICAL!"

LIV Golf League player Phil Mickelson finds the latest announcement 'comical' as it sounds very similar to the one he previously suggested to the PGA Tour.

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Fri, 17 Mar 2023
Phil Mickelson after PGA Tour try out his 'obnoxious greed' idea? "COMICAL!"

Phil Mickelson says it's 'comical' at this point after it was announced NBC is set to debut 'BagCam' on the PGA Tour

As the name suggests, there will be a camera placed on a players' bag. 

Justin Thomas and his looper Jim 'Bones' Mackay were the first to debut this during the Valspar Championship.

It's an idea that Mickelson previously suggested in his now infamous 'obnoxious greed' remarks that were published by Golf Digest.

"At this stage it's a bit comical," Mickelson wrote on Twitter. "I'm sure there's lots more to come." 

Oh, and Mickelson also added a sarcastic thumbs up emoji. 

Mickelson recently took aim at PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan after it was revealed the North American circuit was revamping their 'designated' events from 2024. 

That will see reduced fields with guaranteed money for those who qualify. Oh, and there's no cuts!

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If it sounds familiar it's because it's essentially straight out of the LIV Golf League playbook. 

Mickelson previously claimed that he suggested to Monahan this idea before about bringing the stars out to play more often. 

The New York Post reported about this two years ago, with Mickelson also claiming he had a backer ready to plough $1bn into the idea. 

Monahan's response, according to Mickelson, was simply to ignore it because he did not believe the rival league would get off the ground. 

It led to some suggesting that had Monahan and the rest of the PGA Tour got behind the idea, there would simply be no LIV Golf. 

This was put to Mickelson before LIV Golf Tucson.  

He told the media:

"Then I'm thankful it didn't happen a year ago. I'm really happy with the way LIV has brought about new change to the game.
"Because this team aspect is something that we really never saw as a possibility in golf until LIV came along.
"It brought about a new energy for me and a new dynamic, and my teammates and myself are helping each other be our best.
"That's been a lot of fun, playing practice rounds with them and going to dinner, hanging out.
"It's brought a lot more joy to the professional golf experience, and I'm really appreciative that it's come about, so I'm glad that those changes didn't happen a year ago." 

What is BagCam all about? 

A camera was placed on Thomas's bag during the final two holes of the second round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort. 

Tommy Roy, NBC's head producer for golf, said:

"We are always exploring ways to innovate within our golf coverage while not disrupting or interfering with what's happening on the course.
"BagCam will provide a unique perspective for the viewers at home, and we thank Justin Thomas and Bones for letting us join them on Friday afternoon on Golf Channel and Peacock." 

The PGA Tour have also debuted other new on-course ideas to help improve their broadcasts. 

Players have been giving interviews with the commentary team during their rounds. 

Tom Kim, Rickie Fowler and Max Homa have all taken part. 

Players have also been wearing microphones and chatting to the commentary team before their rounds as they warm up on the range. 

Tyrrell Hatton did so during the most recent Players at TPC Sawgrass. 

Not everyone is a fan though. Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay and Scottie Scheffler appear to need some convincing. 

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