Sky Sports Golf commentator Ewen Murray has described the actions of Phil Mickelson as "sad, unnecessary and stupid."
Despite watching Mickelson conquer the PGA Tour, winning 45 titles and six majors for 30 years as many golf fans have, Murray expressed extreme disappointment at the situation.
In a statement released on Tuesday night, the 51-year-old apologised for negatively impacting those around him and he claimed the words he used in an interview with Alan Shipnuck were off the record.
"Having watched Phil Mickelson for 30 years, admired his undoubted talent, and marvelled at his excellence, his sheer brilliance and his outstanding short game, how on earth can it come to this? So terribly sad, so desperately unnecessary, so stupid," Murray wrote on Twitter.
Having watched Phil Mickelson for 30 years, admired his undoubted talent, and marvelled at his excellence, his sheer brilliance and his outstanding short game, how on earth can it come to this?. So terribly sad, so desperately unnecessary, so stupid.— Ewen Murray (@ewenmurray77) February 22, 2022
Having used strong language to describe the Saudis and supposedly entered into an agreement with them in order to improve the PGA Tour, Mickelson has now backtracked in a dramatic statement.
Although he has been apologetic, the six-time major champion described LIV Golf Investments and other groups involved with the Saudi golf league as "visionaries."
However, in his original words to Shipnuck, he described the Saudis as "scary motherf***ers." It is statements like this which Murray may be referring to as unnecessary.
Mickelson maintains that golf needs to change but as a result of the turbulence that has been caused as a result of his actions, he declared he needs some time away in his statement too.
I think Murray echoes the thoughts of many golf fans when he expresses sadness at this situation when you think of the memories that Mickelson has created on the PGA Tour.