Phil Mickelson is a believer of many things.
Judging by his social media, it's clear he thinks golf commentator Bob Ball has repeatedly hit the nail on the head with regards to the landscape of men's professional golf amid unprecedented disruption.
In July, Ball posted an open letter to PGA Tour members in the immediate aftermath of the announcement of the framework agreement with LIV Golf's financiers.
"You are all in trouble and screwed if you don't support it," he wrote.
At the time, PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan was quoted saying the future of the rival circuit could be determined after undergoing an 'empirical evaluation'.
Asked if he could foresee LIV Golf existing alongside the PGA Tour in its current format in 2024, Monahan stated: "I don't see that scenario, no."
In a series of lengthy posts, Ball explained how it was ludicrous LIV Golf could be 'shuttered', spelling out how under the terms of the deal the PGA Tour would be obliged to promote team golf.
"This is spot on accurate," Mickelson wrote. "You nailed the most important part of the entire agreement. You're the first to do it."
Now Ball is back with another lengthy post filled with some interesting claims about the aforementioned Monahan.
His 1,000 word post explored the close relationship Monahan has with the PGA of America chief executive Seth Waugh.
Ball claimed Monahan has made three key mistakes.
- How he dealt with the Premier Golf League proposal
- He was approached multiple times to create 'elevated events' to increase the compensation for 'the very players whom the Tour's grown (and TV ratings) was reliant' but did nothing
- He mishandled the launch of the LIV Golf League
Other suggestions are that Monahan has leveraged long 'double back-scratching behaviour' to hold onto his monopoly and fight LIV.
Citing sources, Ball wrote:
See the full post below:
In the current negotiations toward a Definitive Agreement between LIV and the PGA Tour, there are three major forces pushing against each other for control and future direction of men's professional golf. Force One comprises the big money people. They include PIF, private equity,… pic.twitter.com/u8DLjI5Ec6— Bob “Golf” Ball (@BobBallPdx) November 8, 2023
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