Phil Mickelson admits the Saudis are "scary mother f***ers" to get involved with in a new book shedding light about his issues with the PGA Tour.
Alan Shipnuck has written a book entitled "Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf's Most Colorful Superstar".
Shipnuck states he had a phone call with Mickelson last November as he was putting the finishing touches on his book where Lefty explained his position with the PGA Tour and its commissioner Jay Monahan.
The author, who interviewed more than 200 subjects for the book, claims Mickelson told him that he didn't pretend to be excited about "hitching his fortunes to Saudi Arabia".
Furthermore, he claims Mickelson admitted the SGL was nothing more than what he called "sportswashing" by a brutally repressive regime.
"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."