There was simply so much to unpack from Tiger Woods' press conference before the Hero World Challenge.
Elsewhere Woods suggested the Official World Golf Ranking system was flawed. His point of view was different to that of Rory McIlroy.
There is absolutely no denying that the landscape of professional golf has changed considerably over the last 12 months.
Even Woods admitted LIV Golf has taken him by surprise and he said he was particularly taken aback with the animosity involved.
Elsewhere, there is guaranteed money for PGA Tour members in the form of a travel stipend. The Player Impact Program has also seen a cash injection.
Clearly, after LIV Golf upset the status quo, the players are benefitting financially. Whether or not golf will be a better product for the consumer remains to be seen.
Asked whether Mickelson needed to be thanked for "shaking the tree", Woods told the media:
This was quite a claim from Tiger.
It was later addressed by the PGA Tour in a statement to SI's Bob Harig. According to PGA Tour HQ, Woods' claim is not true...
The PGA Tour clarified today that it did not take out a loan to deal with the pandemic in 2020 as Tiger said during his news conference.. . The Tour used reserves and "mitigating actions'' and would have seen a significant reduction in reserves w/o a return to golf in June 2020— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) November 29, 2022
The Tour also clarified that Tiger might have been referencing the fact that reserves would have dipped below $100m without a return to golf in 2020.— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) November 29, 2022
Mickelson couldn't help but address Woods' comments on social media. And it appears that Lefty's numbers don't quite add up:
Here's some reaction...
Anybody care to explain to him how a balance sheet works? https://t.co/7rAf3H7vso— #Goleague (@NBdrAkehole) November 29, 2022
In case you forgot, Mickelson caused quite a stir when talking about the PGA Tour's finances before his famously controversial remarks about the Saudis that led to him being dumped by some of his sponsors and forced him into exile from late February to June.
Mickelson accused the PGA Tour of sitting on a pile of money. It was cash Mickelson believed belonged to the players.
He previously said to GolfDigest: "How the f*** is that legal?"
In full, what Mickelson previously said about the PGA Tour's handling of media rights:
Mickelson also made the claim that he was charged by the PGA Tour the sum of $1m each time he wanted to participate The Match. He described this action as obnoxiously greedy.
The six-time major champion has now been booted from the franchise, owing to his association with LIV Golf.