Phil Mickelson LOSES MORE SPONSORS after controversial Saudi & PGA Tour comments

Workday have decided to drop Phil Mickelson as spokesman following his recent comments surrounding the PGA Tour and a new Saudi Golf League. Heineken/ Amstel have also cut ties with him. 

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Sat, 26 Feb 2022
Phil Mickelson LOSES MORE SPONSORS after controversial Saudi & PGA Tour comments

Financial management company Workday have decided to drop Phil Mickelson as spokesman following his recent comments surrounding the PGA Tour and a new Saudi Golf League, according to a report in Golf Digest

The news comes little more than 24 hours after KPMG confirmed they were also ending their sponsorship deal with Mickelson. 

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"At this time, Workday and Phil Mickelson have mutually and amicably agreed to not renew our brand sponsorship that ends this March," a Workday spokesperson told the publication on Friday evening. 

"We want to thank Phil for his great contributions as a Workday ambassador, both on and off the course. And we continue to wish him and his family all the best."

Mickelson had been a representative for Workday since the 2017 Masters. 

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Golf's oldest major champion has come under intense scrutiny this week following his remarks to biographer Alan Shipnuck.

Mickelson specifically came under fire for justifying his relationship with the Saudi government and revealing how he was using the Saudi money that was backing a new super golf league as a means of leverage against the PGA Tour. 

Here's what Mickelson told Shipnuck back in November, with the words being made public this month: 

"They're scary motherf***ers to get involved with," Mickelson allegedly said.

"We know they killed [Washington Post reporter and U.S. resident Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights.

"They execute people over there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.

"They've been able to get by with manipulative, coercive, strong-arm tactics because we, the players, had no recourse.

"As nice a guy as [PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan] comes across as, unless you have leverage, he won't do what's right.

"And the Saudi money has finally given us that leverage. I'm not sure I even want [the SGL] to succeed, but just the idea of it is allowing us to get things done with the [PGA] Tour."

 

 

On top of losing KPMG and Workday, Heineken / Amstel, another of Mickelson's sponsors, have also cut ties with him.

"We made the decision to go our separate ways and end Amstel Light’s partnership with Phil Mickelson," said the spokesperson.

"We wish him all the best."

 

 

It has also just emergd that Callaway, which has sponsored Mickelson since 2004, has decided to "pause" its relationship with the six-time major champion following his comments, according to report. 

 

 

 

Rolex have reportedly declined comment as things stand. 

Mickelson issued an apology for his remarks earlier this week, but interestingly, he did not choose to apologise to the PGA Tour but just his fans and those in charge of the Saudi Golf League. 

Lefty ended his social media apology by telling his fans he "desperately needed some time away" in order to work on himself as a person.

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